FAQs

Please see below for answers to some of the most common questions we get asked about the clinic and treatment here. For more information on opening hours, treatments, prices, and how to get to our clinics, visit the Treatments, Fees and Contact Us pages.

What is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are specialists in diagnosing and providing effective treatments for musculoskeletal conditions (problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body).

Chiropractors undergo a 4 year university training degree to become doctors of their profession. In addition, the profession is regulated by law by The General Chiropractic Council.

Chiropractic means ‘to do by hand’ reflecting the historical origins of the profession as experts in manual therapy, and this continues to define our approach to health care as a drug free profession that focuses on restoring function and freedom of movement. Today, chiropractic training combines a manual approach with a medical model of interpretation and understanding, and globally it has grown into the third largest health care profession.

Why might I go to a chiropractor?

Most people book an appointment as they are in pain and want to be pain free again. Some people feel out of sorts and are looking for realignment and help with posture. Others may come in just to stay in tip top health.

Do chiropractors just treat backs?

Chiropractors are famous for fixing backs, however they are trained to diagnose and treat all types of musculoskeletal conditions (problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body). For more information, click here.

Do I need a GP referral?

No - you can simply call us to make an appointment. Chiropractors and osteopaths are primary health care professionals meaning we are trained to be able to diagnose and order further tests and imaging (eg. Xrays and MRI scans) if necessary.

What is a visit like?

On your first visit you will get the chance to explain your symptoms and concerns. Our job is to find out the cause of the problem and to provide you with a diagnosis. We do this by taking a case history, evaluating posture and examining the function of the nerves, muscles and joints with a series of tests. If necessary we will send you for an X-ray or MRI scan. The subsequent diagnosis will be explained to you and your treatment options will be discussed. If applicable, a treatment is available on your first visit.

Chiropractors undergo a 4 year university training degree to become doctors of their profession. In addition, the profession is regulated by law by The General Chiropractic Council.

Chiropractic means ‘to do by hand’ reflecting the historical origins of the profession as experts in manual therapy, and this continues to define our approach to health care as a drug free profession that focuses on restoring function and freedom of movement. Today, chiropractic training combines a manual approach with a medical model of interpretation and understanding, and globally it has grown into the third largest health care profession.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

GP guidelines suggest 9 sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks*. On average we see people for 6 sessions to resolve a particular complaint, but always work closely with our patients to create a treatment solution that suits your individual needs and circumstances.

*NICE guidelines 2010 for lower back pain.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is the profession’s most well-known technique – it is a highly skilled procedure that involves identifying a spinal lever or joint that has become fixed or restricted and freeing it with a short impulse or manipulation that often results in an audible pop as pressure is released. It is an effective treatment designed to improve the function of your spine and relieve interference to the related nerves. It is not painful and often provides instant relief.

Will it hurt?

Treatments are not painful but it is quite normal for a small minority of patients to feel a little sore for a short time after the first treatment session. Most of these go on to experience relief but if you have any concerns following treatment, do not hesitate to call us on 0117 9723 518.

Is it safe?

Chiropractors use a number of different treatment techniques, from adjustments and manipulation to acupuncture, all of which are considered safe and effective when it comes to pain relief. Chiropractic treatments have far fewer risks than many other treatments, such as drugs or surgery. However, we understand you may be unsure about receiving treatment so will only ever use techniques that you are 100% comfortable with, and are happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding treatment in advance.

Do I have to have my neck or back cracked?

No. Although manipulation of spinal joints - which can produce an audible 'pop' or 'crack' - can be a very useful tool in your recovery, if you are unsure or do not want manipulation or any other type of procedure, we will simply use other treatments like mobilisations, stretches or dry needling instead. Please feel free to discuss any concerns you have with your practitioner at any time.

What makes the cracking noise?

Manipulation of spinal joints, otherwise known as adjusting, can sometimes produce an audible 'pop' or 'crack'. This is the sound of pressure changing – or bubble of gas releasing - in a joint as it moves. This is because there are lubricating fluids found between the surfaces of the spinal joints. When these surfaces move apart very quickly, as with some adjusting techniques, a bubble can form due to a change of pressure; like how bubbles form when you open a bottle of champagne. It can sound particularly loud when your neck is adjusted because the sound is transmitted directly through bone to your inner ear.

Is chiropractic treatment suitable during pregnancy?

The body changes rapidly during pregnancy. This can place a large amount of stress on the musculoskeletal system as the joints in the body try to compensate for these rapid changes which can in turn make the joints sore and stiff, accounting for a lot of pregnancy aches and pains. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can be used to help minimise back pain as your pregnancy progresses, without the need for drugs or surgery, and is safe for both the mother and foetus. 

What shall I wear?

In order to assess movement and posture you may be asked to remove some outer layers of clothing if they are likely to hinder our assessment. Please note assessments are carried out in a private treatment room, where gowns are available at all times. The best clothing to wear for an initial consultation is tracksuit bottoms or leggings and a sports top.

What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

These professions are very similar in their training and approach to treatment. The main differences are:

  • Size - the chiropractic profession is much larger and ranks as the third largest primary health provider in the world.
  • Chiropractors are routinely trained to read X-rays and MRI scans.
  • Chiropractors often use manipulation as part of their treatment plan.

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