How does chiropractic work?
Adjustment techniques are used on the spine and other joints of the body to restore normal joint movement and relieve pain. These adjustments promote optimal function of the spine and spinal nerves restoring health.
How effective is chiropractic treatment?
Official guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggest early referral for manipulative treatment, such as that performed by a chiropractor, is the most effective way of dealing with acute and chronic lower back pain.
There is a range of scientific evidence from randomised clinical trials (Bronfort Report) to prove the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for a variety of conditions including lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, leg pain, and arm pain.
Will treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is generally painless, and some patients feel immediate relief after treatment. Patients who come in with moderate to severe pain may experience temporary discomfort. If this is the case an ice pack (covered with a towel) placed on the area for approximately 15 minutes will help.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment generally involves a quick thrust to a joint in a specific direction to restore proper movement. This usually done with the hands or a specially designed hand-held instrument . There are various ways to adjust the spine and the technique used will be specific to each patient (these include very gentle procedures for the elderly and children).
How do I know if I need chiropractic care?
Pain is often what first brings a person into a chiropractic clinic, however, if a condition is caught before this stage the amount of treatment required is often greatly reduced and pain can probably be avoided. Conditions such as twinges, stiffness, pins and needles, headaches, poor posture, and an uneven gait (method of walking) can indicate a possible problem within the spine.
How many treatments will I need?
It is not possible to determine how many visits a person will need without a consultation. After your initial consultation the chiropractor will go through the results and explain how many treatments it will take to get rid of the pain and prevent the problem coming again.
Is chiropractic covered by private health insurance?
Chiropractic is covered by most private health insurers, check with your provider to see if you will be covered.
Will I need to remove clothing?
It may be necessary to remove some clothing. We will only ask you to remove clothes if necessary and we provide gowns for patients to wear if needed.
Can I have chiropractic care after back or neck surgery?
Yes. The chiropractor will alter the treatment to ensure that no stresses will be placed on a vulnerable part of your spine (after surgery people often find problems above or below the affected area). With the rest of the spine functioning optimally due to treatment, less stress will be put on the vulnerable segments.
Can I have chiropractic care whilst pregnant?
Yes. Many pregnant women benefit from chiropractic care. Your body changes rapidly, altering your centre of gravity and your gait. This in turn stresses your spine and other joints. With chiropractic care these areas can be balanced, decreasing the levels of discomfort.
Do I need to contact my GP?
You do not have to contact your GP before visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractors are primary care practitioners, this means they deal with the public directly as opposed to being referred. If you are claiming through your health insurance then a GP referral may be necessary but it is always best to check with your health insurer first.