FAQs

How do I know I need Care?

Severe pain is usually the main reason people visit a our pratice, however, if a condition is caught before this stage the amount of treatment required is often greatly reduced. Symptoms such as twinges, stiffness, pins and needles, and headaches can indicate a possible problem with the Nervous System.

What do you do?

We specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions of the Nervous System. Chemical, emotional and physical stress can cause the joints to stiffen up restricting the body’s ability to function normally. The techniques we use restore health in the body by encouraging joints to move through adjustments.

Is the treatment safe?

Our treatment is very safe and carried out by a fully qualified Practitioners. When you first see your practitioner you will receive a full history, examination, report of findings and a treatment plan. You will be informed of any possible risks and opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. It is important that you talk to your Practitioner if you have any questions during any part of your care, as only then can they be addressed. Patients may experience some side effects such as feeling a bit sore, stiff or tired – these effects are normally temporary and can last a day or so.

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatments are generally painless. Occasionally if acute muscle spasm and/or inflammation is present, some discomfort is unavoidable. You will be asked for feedback on the severity of the pain and appropriate technique will be used to minimise any discomfort. Occasionally you may experience some soreness after the treatment -this will soon pass as your body begins to heal. Your Practitioner will be able to tell you if this is likely to happen and how to minimise any discomfort. Usually follow-up treatments are much more pleasant as your symptoms improve and you feel more at ease with your Practitioner.

Who can benefit?

Chiropractic caters to people of all ages. This is because Chiropractors use a wide range of techniques. Some of these techniques are very gentle, as used on babies and the elderly, while others are more forceful, like those used on burly sportsmen. Most patients present to a Chiropractor because of a particular pain or dysfunction, however Chiropractic can be very effective in preventing problems before they start, for example improving posture before it leads to back and /or neck pain.

Do I need to see my GP before attending?

You do not need to see your GP prior to seeing our practitioners, unless your medical insurance requires it. We are primary health practitioners and are fully trained in diagnosis. If your case is beyond our scope of practice, you will be referred to your GP or other relevant healthcare practitioners as necessary. If required, a letter can be sent to your GP, outlining your reason for seeking care, but this will not be done unless you request it and have given written consent.

 Are we covered by my Medical Insurance?

Our Practitioners are covered by most Medical/Health Insurance companies. If you have Personal Medical Insurance, you can confirm with your provider if our treatments are covered. Usually treatment is paid for upfront and claimed back directly from your insurer on receiving a receipt.

 

 

How frequently will I need treatment?

All treatment programmes are designed to ensure as rapid a recovery as possible, and all conditions vary, but generally 1- 2 sessions per week for a couple of weeks, then spreading out the intervals as the condition stabilises. You will be given stretching and exercise advice to help your condition settle down. Many people come to understand the importance of their spinal health and see their Practitioner every month or two, to prevent problems re-occurring. The decision to continue with care is always up to you, there is no obligation to continue the treatment programme.

How many treatments will I need?

The amount of treatments necessary will depend on: your condition, how severe it is, how long you have had it, and how you respond to treatment. After your first examination and diagnosis, the amount of visits required will be discussed, but in general, the longer you’ve had it, the longer it will take to get better. Your commitment to the treatment plan, home exercises, and any postural and lifestyle recommendations will also determine your treatment outcome. Your progress will be reviewed and discussed regularly.

Will I get rehabilitative exercises?

The majority of people benefit from self-help advice and exercises. When your body is ready, you will be given exercises to help you recover quicker and with better long term results, providing a future with less pain and less need for treatment. We cannot force you to follow the advise but we believe it is in your best interest to do so. The more you put in, the more you get out!

 

 Are your tretments suitable during pregnancy?

Yes treatment is suitable and safe throughout the pregnancy and after giving birth. Our practitioners are trained to treat pregnant patients and can frequently help with many back conditions during pregnancy. Many women choose to have regular check-ups during their pregnancy, so that their spine and pelvis is supple and well balanced thereby helping to prepare for a trouble free labour. Your body changes rapidly, altering your centre of gravity and your gait (method of walking). This in turn stresses your spine and other joints such as neck and shoulders. With care these areas can be re-balanced, decreasing the levels of discomfort. After childbirth, we can help restore the normal mechanics of the pelvis, and with effective rehabilitation exercises, counteract the loss of spinal function due to the pregnancy.

Can children receive treatment?

Our treatments are suitable for all ages from the new born to the very elderly. Our Practitioners are trained to adapt their techniques to be able to deliver safe effective treatment for all. Children, like adults, can get functional problems with their spines which may cause wide variety of symptoms. Parents often choose to bring their children for check-up as many childhood conditions respond well to care.

Can you help me improve my sports performance?

Yes, many patients have found significant improvement in their sports performance. If you’ve had a sports injury, it can help you recover quicker, with less pain and minimal resultant dysfunction. More importantly we can determine any underlying dysfunction, and by correcting it, stop your problem from recurring. Sports performance often puts higher demands on the structure and function of the muscles and joints and therefore athletes may require a higher intensity and frequency of treatment.

Can I have treatment after surgery?

Yes, our treatments are suitable after surgery in most cases. Our practitioners are trained to understand the implications of surgery and therefore know when it is safe to treat a particular condition or not, and will be able to advise according to your specific case. After surgery, people often find problems above or below the affected area. With the rest of the spine functioning optimally due to treatment, less stress will be put on the vulnerable segments and therefore many people get effective pain relief. Many people have avoided unnecessary surgery and are enjoying life pain-free, thanks to our Care, however, if it is necessary you will be referred accordingly.