What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic takes a natural preventative approach to healthcare, it does not involve the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients through manipulation of their musculoskeletal system, especially the spine.
It is a growing independent health care profession in the United Kingdom and it is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
What does a Chiropractor do?
Chiropractors focus on the interconnected relationship between the nervous system and the spine. They usually focus on pain relief and injury recovery. They check your musculoskeletal system with particular attention on the spine and how compromises such as misalignments can interfere with function.
Chiropractors will also discuss rehabilitative exercises, healthy habits and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No. Even though local GPs refer patients to the clinic, chiropractic is a healthcare profession like dentistry and optometry. Chiropractors are fully trained to diagnose whether you are suitable for chiropractic care or not
Will the treatments hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is generally painless. Some people may experience discomfort, tiredness after treatment but this is normal and subsides within a few days. You will notice as symptoms improve subsequent treatments are satisfying.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on each individual case taking into account the severity of the condition, how long you have had it and how well you respond to the treatment and advice from your chiropractor. Your chiropractor will draw up a treatment plan tailored to suit your individual needs.
What is the popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
There are lubricating fluids found between the surfaces of the spinal joints and when an adjustment (manipulation) of a joint is carried out a bubble of gas can be released between the joints. The change in pressure is what makes the popping sound (known as cavitation). It is the same sound you hear when you crack your knuckles.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors study several years on a degree programme studying anatomy, physiology, radiology, neurology, diagnostics, biomechanics and spinal adjusting techniques before they qualify from an accredited school in the UK. They need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) before they can practice. The GCC regulates the profession. It was established as a result of the Chiropractors Act 1994.
Do medical insurance plans cover Chiropractic?
Yes, we are registered with many insurance companies such as AXA-PPP, Bupa, Simply Health and many others.