Frequently asked questions about Chiropractic
- What is chiropractic?
- What is an adjustment?
- What can I expect on my 1st visit?
- What should I wear?
- What is the sound made during an adjustment?
- Does it hurt?
- Do I need a GP referral?
- What’s the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
- What about painkillers?
- Is chiropractic safe and regulated?
- Can children have chiropractic care?
- Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
- How does chiropractic improve sports performance?
1. What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health profession which helps to improve your health using skilled manual techniques called adjustments. The adjustments have many positive effects on your body, including pain relief and freedom of movement.
We also work on the muscles, and can give exercises and nutritional advice. Chiropractic is a safe, natural, drug-free approach to health and wellbeing.
Although we also work on areas of the body such as shoulders, knees and wrists, chiropractors place particular emphasis on the spine as it protects your nervous system, which controls every function in your body.
Your nervous system regulates the functioning of all body systems including your heart, lungs and digestive system. Chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery, and believe that an optimally working nervous system is essential for your body to heal and function at its best.
Download The Chiropractic Report (July 2010) for further information. It contains all the facts, research and answers you could need.
2. What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is manipulation to a specific restricted joint, which restores or improves its normal function and movement. Most of the adjustments we perform are to your spine, although any joint can be adjusted. A restricted joint in your spine is known in chiropractic terminology as a subluxation.
3. What can I expect on my 1st visit?
Your initial Consultation takes 45 minutes. During this time your chiropractor will perform an examination and take a detailed medical history. If you need x-rays we can take them here.
On your Report of Findings (1st or 2nd visit depending whether you have x-rays), your chiropractor will explain the cause of your symptoms, and outline your care plan and the choices that are available to you. This will be based on your unique situation and health goals.
Subsequent adjustment sessions are 10-15 minutes. Each visit builds on the one before so it’s important to keep your scheduled appointments for the best results.
4. What should I wear?
Please wear loose comfortable clothing. During your initial one hour Consultation you will be asked to undress to your underwear, ladies are given gowns to wear. You will usually remain fully clothed during your treatment sessions though.
5. What is the sound made during an adjustment?
You often hear a clicking sound during an adjustment. This is caused by the release of gas from the joint fluid. It is perfectly normal and is similar to the sound of clicking your knuckles.
6. Does it hurt?
Adjustments are usually painless; in fact most people feel an immediate sense of relief and relaxation. If you are in pain anyway, then any movement may be uncomfortable. This is usually short lived though and easily remedied with a cold-pack.
7. Do I need a GP referral?
No. As we are primary healthcare physicians, you have direct access to our clinic without the need for referral. Chiropractic is included in the NHS National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines. For health insurance purposes you may need to ask your GP for a referral.
8. What’s the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Whilst both professions work with the muscles, bones and joints, chiropractors place an emphasis on the nervous system and the alignment of the spine. We are also unique in that we are qualified to take and read x-rays.
The important thing is to find a practitioner whose style of practice and personality suits you.
9. What about painkillers?
As natural healthcare providers we would usually advise you to use non-pharmaceutical methods of pain relief first, such as ice or heat (ask your chiropractor for details). However we are able to give advice about over-the-counter medication. The eventual goal would be to reduce or eliminate the need for painkillers, which can have harmful side effects.
10. Is chiropractic safe and regulated?
Chiropractic has an outstanding safety record. As with any form of treatment there are possible risks, but these are rare and chiropractors are highly trained. Your chiropractor will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
All chiropractors must be registered with the government statutory regulatory body, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). We also undergo continual professional developmentto maintain and develop our knowledge and skills.
11. Can children have chiropractic care?
Yes, we see children from as young as a few days old. Children often respond well and very quickly to chiropractic care, and often find it enjoyable too. We adapt the way we work to be as gentle as we need to be. Many parents report that it helps their children to feel better, improves their posture and even helps concentration at school.
We often see children for general checkups. All the bumps and falls they experience, time spent on a computer, carrying school bags, and even the birth process itself, can have an impact on their spine and subsequently their health.
12. Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
It is. Chiropractic is becoming increasingly popular among pregnant women who want to stay healthy naturally, and reduce their need for painkillers and other toxins during this time. aligning your spine and pelvis reduces the additional stress on your body caused by pregnancy. This could mean feeling more comfortable and dealing with aches and pains, maintaining good balance and co-ordination, and even reducing labour times in some cases.
13. How does chiropractic improve sports performance?
Many professional sportspeople use chiropractic regularly to help them achieve peak performance. This is done by:a) Reducing injury risk and speeding recovery;b) Optimising body mechanics for greater speed, strength, balance and flexibility;c) Helping the nervous system recover from strenuous training. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to benefit from chiropractic however, it can help boost performance at any level.
Chiropractic is an holistic, non-invasive approach to health. No surgery or drugs are involved. Chiropractic is the world’s third largest health care profession after medicine and dentistry.