X-rays are not routinely required and will only be taken if clinically indicated. If an X-ray or MRI scan is indicated, you will be referred privately, or via your GP.
You do not need a GP referral; you can simply just contact us for an appointment. However, some private health care insurance schemes do require a letter from your GP/specialist. Check with your insurance company for further details. Gps are recognizing chiropractic as an effective treatment, particularly for musculo-skeletal conditions and we are happy to inform your GP of you progress if required.
On your first visit you will be asked to change down to your underwear to enable us to perform a clinical examination. A gown is provided for ladies and men may choose to wear shorts if they prefer. On subsequent visits this may not be necessary, but it would be great if you wore loose fitting clothes to make your visit more comfortable.
Patients often find the gentle spinal adjustments to be painless. Some techniques may cause discomfort during the treatment but it shouldn’t be painful. We will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let us know if you are in pain. You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment as the body is trying to adapt to the new movement and position. The healing reaction to treatment should last no longer than 48 hours. If you do experience a reaction, we recommend placing a cold pack on the affected area for approximately 10-15 minutes. Repeat every hour if necessary. Always feel free to call for advice.
All Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapist are well trained, safe therapists who should be able to effectively treat many musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors believe that their treatment helps lesson nerve irritation caused by the misalignment of the spine. Osteopaths believe that their treatment aids blood flow to injured structures. These days the similarities far outweigh the differences between chiropractic and osteopathy. They tend to use manipulation/adjustments to work on a person holistically. They will also advise you on lifestyle and give exercises for rehabilitation. Physiotherapists operate mainly in the NHS. Their treatments tend to be less hands-on in comparison and utilise electrical modalities more e.g. TENS, Ultrasound and place particular emphasis on remedial exercises. Our best advice is to choose a practitioner that you get on with, understand and trust.
Chiropractic is seen as a safe therapy – as with any health care profession there is an element of risk. With chiropractic these risks are very small. We do not use any medication, instead focusing on more natural techniques which have far fewer risks than for example those caused by the long term use of pain killing drugs. To qualify, a chiropractor must study for 4-5 years for a degree, similar to a medical degree. A thorough case history and examination allows chiropractors to carefully choose the most suitable treatment plan for their patients. If a chiropractor believes a patient is not suitable for treatment, they will refer the patient to a suitable practitioner, usually their GP. By law, chiropractors must register with the General Chiropractic Council. It is an offence for anyone to call themselves a chiropractor if they are not registered.
Definitely not – you’re the boss- how long you benefit from Chiropractic care is your choice. Some patients just require pain relief from an acute episode. Other patients choose to manage episodic flare-ups and attend as soon as they are aware of a problem. A number of patients incorporate chiropractic into a healthy lifestyle choice and attend for a ‘MOT’ as a preventative measure and for better well-being every few months
This will vary for each patient depending on the length of the problem, severity and type of injury. Factors like your lifestyle, age, general health, diet and stress levels affect healing times, as does compliance with our advice. Treatment plans are tailored to the individual. Some acute conditions may only need 2-3 sessions; other long-term or recurrent problems may require at least 10-12 sessions to allow for improvement and new adaptations to occur. Most patients have an average of 4-6 sessions. You will be advised of how long you’ll take to get better during your consultation. We will do our best to get you out of pain and on the road to recovery as quickly as we can.
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