Chiropractic FAQ

Why Might I See A Chiropractor?

We would recommend that everybody should see a Chiropractor to ensure the spine and nervous system is functioning correctly just like you do at the dentist for your teeth.

Our Chiropractors treat people of all ages with a variety of complaints. If you have a question or a query as to whether Chiropractic can help you or a friend, just ask one of our Chiropractors.

Chiropractic treatment generally involves gentle manipulative techniques, which are called adjustments, to help reduce inflammation and to restore movement and function to joints which are not functioning optimally, this then allows your body and nervous system to function better and this then allows your body to heal itself, Chiropractors don’t use any drugs or surgical procedures in their treatment.

What Will Happen When I See A Chiropractor?

When you see one of our Chiropractors, you will be given a full and thorough examination, this is to enable them to get all the information they need about you.  The initial visit will include a full medical history, including your presenting complaint and your lifestyle history.  A thorough physical examination  will be preformed including orthopaedic, neurological and Chiropractic tests.  If necessary you will be referred for x-rays or any other tests, and if you require referral to another health professional of course this will be arranged.

Will I Need X-Rays?

Chiropractors are trained to take and read x-rays, and each case is judged on an individual basis as to whether or not an x-ray or any other testing procedure is necessary.  This decision will be made once you have had your initial consultation and been thoroughly assessed.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic is safe and has far fewer risks than many other treatments including anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers.  Serious side effects of Chiropractic are very rare but of course your Chiropractor will discuss this with you prior to your treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Your recovery will be influenced by many factors such as age, lifestyle, type of problem, and all these factors need to be taken into account.  At your Report of Findings, your Chiropractor will tell you about the result of your Initial Consultation, they will explain how many treatments you are likely to need and the likely timescales, and of course answer all your questions.

Does Treatment Hurt?

Adjustments when performed by a qualified practitioner are not generally painful, but of course if you are experiencing a lot of muscle spasm and acute pain even the gentlest of touches can be painful, so there may be some discomfort.  Some people do experience some discomfort after their first few treatments but of course your Chiropractor will use their years of experience to ensure this is as minimal as possible.  Your Chiropractor will also give you lots of advice to help minimise/reduce any soreness.

Can I “Crack” My Own Back?

We would definitely not advise this!.  You cannot properly control the forces involved and when you click your own joints you are unlikely to make the problem better and possibly doing more damage.  Even our Chiropractors who are skilled in performing adjustments do not adjust themselves.  If you feel like you need to click your joints you probably need to see your Chiropractor!

Why Do I Need Visit The Clinic When I’m Not In Pain?

Once you have completed your treatment plan, your Chiropractor will normally recommend you visit the clinic periodically for check-ups, its what we call maintenance care.  It allows us to check your joints for any problems before they lead to symptoms and start causing you problems, like your dentist does with your teeth or your mechanic with your car.  Today’s modern lifestyles put pressure on your joints which affects the way they can function so regular Chiropractic care to keep an eye on your spine will help to keep you mobile and active, prevent your condition from returning and can help to minimise joint problems.