Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of your muscles, bones and joints (the “musculoskeletal system”). These problems can be caused by a number of factors including trauma, bad posture, stress, inactivity and general wear and tear. Treatment usually involves specific manual adjustments (or manipulation) to encourage movement in joints that are not moving as they should. You will also receive advice on exercise, diet and lifestyle.
The chiropractic adjustment is usually painless however, in some acute/severe cases there can be some discomfort associated with it. It is normal for some patients to feel bruised or sore after a treatment similar to the feeling of having done exercise after a period of inactivity (and finding a few muscles you never thought you had!). This is temporary and your chiropractor will give you advice on the use of ice packs and stretches that should help.
Depending on the technique used some patients will hear a clicking or a popping sound during an adjustment which is like the sound you get from cracking your knuckles. This is a perfectly normal and safe technique; the sound is caused by the release of gas bubbles which temporarily form within a joint as it is stretched. It is completely harmless and has no bearing on the outcome of the treatment.
This will depend on a number of factors. After your consultation your chiropractor will put together your treatment plan which will include how many treatments you are likely to need. This will be specific to you, the severity and duration of your condition, age, fitness and activity levels. Your recovery will depend on how well you respond to treatment and how compliant you are with the treatment plan. Your chiropractor will monitor your progress at every single treatment and changes will be made to your plan if appropriate.
In most cases yes. Most health insurers now recognise the benefits of chiropractic and will offer some form of cover. You’ll need to check with your insurer if they will cover you. We will be happy to provide you with receipts whenever you need them. If you are unsure of anything please give us a call.
In most cases yes. Most health insurers now recognise the benefits of chiropractic and will offer some form of cover. You’ll need to check with your insurer if they will cover you. We will be happy to provide you with receipts whenever you need them. If you are unsure of anything please give us a call.
It is not necessary to inform your GP of your chiropractic treatment. We are more than happy to write to your GP should you wish them to be informed. We’ll always ask for written consent from you before we release any information to your GP. Some GPs refer patients to us but it is not essential in order for you to have a consultation with us.
Generally yes. We have the facilities and expertise to treat people of all ages – from the young in body to the young at heart! We have successfully treated newborn babies through to the elderly with a variety of conditions. If we find that chiropractic care is not suitable for your condition we’ll be sure to refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Your chiropractor will determine if this is necessary following your consultation. If so we can arrange one either privately or though your GP. All chiropractors are qualified to take and read x-rays.

Your first visit – consultation and examination

 

Your first visit will take approximately 45 minutes but we do ask you to arrive a few minutes early to fill in a little paperwork. This will include a short medical history. Please bring a list of any medication you are taking. Your chiropractor will then take a full case history plus you will be asked for consent to give you an appropriate physical examination which will include checking reflexes, flexibility etc. At this point ladies will be asked to change into a gown over their underwear and men will be provided with shorts (we have a separate changing room with private cubicles). Men may bring their own shorts, if they prefer. If you would like a friend or relative to accompany you on any of your visits they are more than welcome.

Your chiropractor’s first priority is to discover what’s wrong. They will rule out any serious underlying conditions that may require hospital treatment or the attention of your GP. Treatment is not usually done on the first visit. This is to allow your chiropractor to evaluate your case fully and devise a treatment plan most appropriate for you. Don’t worry, this won’t take long and we’ll arrange for you to come back as soon as possible (usually within a day or two).

Your second visit – report of findings

Your chiropractor will greet you in reception and take you through to the treatment room. You will then receive a full explanation of your condition – what we’ve found, what it means and what we can do about it. It will also include the recommended treatment frequency. You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions before we begin treatment. Written permission (consent) is required prior to beginning treatment.