Frequently Asked Questions
What happens on my first visit?
Before any treatment is given you will undergo a 45-minute consultation including a case history, chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Should there be a need for further imaging you will be advised after your consultation. More often than not imaging will be done prior to any treatment should your chiropractor deem this necessary. Your next session will be shortly followed by a Report of Findings which is a detailed report of what we have found in the consultation (in your history and examinations), what we can do to help (your Chiropractic diagnosis, choice of technique to help you with your complaint) and how many sessions it will take in each individuals chiropractic case (a plan of management; care, ergonomic advise, self-care and exercises).
How many treatments will I need?
This will all depend on your age, how long you have had the problem for, what condition you have, the severity of the injury. Your chiropractor will assess you and in a report of findings will explain to you what has been found, how your chiropractic care is going to help and how many sessions it is likely to take for improvements based on your case.
Do I need permission from my GP to come and see you?
No, chiropractic care is primary health care. Once you have been checked in most cases you will receive care and a report will go out to inform your GP. If you are not a chiropractic case you will be looked after by being referred back to your GP.
Is chiropractic covered by private health insurance?
Yes, we cover AXA PPP, Aviva, Simply Health and most insurances. We are not registered by BUPA.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes, your chiropractor is trained to take your history, medical history, family history and examine your complaint(s) with chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological examinations. Chiropractors are trained may need to refer for further tests or imaging to help you with your diagnosis or if there is more than one health problem going on. Care is given based on your initial findings. You will be given the opportunity to consent to your care before starting with care. In few cases you may be referred out to your GP if you are not a chiropractic case.
Will it hurt?
In most cases no, in some cases you may feel sore depending upon your presentation and injury. However, your chiropractor is trained to use the right technique to help reduce your pain to make you feel comfortable during care.
How will I feel after chiropractic treatment?
In most cases more mobile and in less pain, sometimes you can be sore depending on your condition, injury or how long you have been carrying your complaint. Your chiropractor will give you correct advice on how to prevent further aggravation, home self-care will be advised to make you feel more comfortable and to encourage faster healing.
Is chiropractic suitable for children?
Yes, Chiropractic is suitable for young children and teens. Parent(s) or guardian(s) must attend all chiropractic visits.
Is chiropractic suitable for pregnant women?
Yes, chiropractic care is adapted to help with common low back, mid back, neck and pelvic pain. Chiropractic care can help to reduce aches and pains through your pregnancy. Great care and sensitivity are given to both baby in the womb and mother to make care as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Chiropractic care may improve your delivery due to nerves, joints and ligaments functioning well resulting in stronger contractions. Chiropractic care may help pregnant women with; SPD, Sacroiliac Joint pain, common low back pain, leg pain caused by disc/nerve pain.
Is chiropractic suitable for the elderly?
Yes, Chiropractic care is adapted to move joints carefully and in a gentle way. Your chiropractor will pay close attention to fragile areas and make you comfortable whilst giving care. Depending on your case mobility could be improved.
What if I have been in pain for years can chiropractic care help?
This depends on what we find to be the problem you have on consultation? If it's a condition which is too far gone, we will write to your GP and the GP will make sure your being managed by the right professionals. However, if it's not case where you need referral we could help you and improvements could be made which may take time due to the duration of your complaint. The level of improvement would vary according to your condition, duration of your complaint and how you manage your lifestyle choices.
Can you help with arthritis, I have been told I have to live with it?
Yes, we can help you with osteoarthritis, we have seen many cases where patients have been diagnosed with this condition and have benefited through chiropractic care. It must be noted the changes which have occurred due to osteoarthritis cannot be reversed with care. We can help to improve movement in the joint(s) and advise exercises which are correct for you, in doing this it will keep your joint health at its optimum for you, the level of improvement depends on your level of wear and tear. You will be advised your treatment outcome based on your findings. A realistic outcome will be given to you once you have been fully assessed. Should X-ray / imaging be required you will be referred via your GP / Privately.
I have Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can you help?
Yes, we can help. We will work with your condition to help keep your joint(s) health as healthy as possible. We would always advise not to treat if and when you have a flare up. Treating the joints undergoing a RA attack would be strictly contraindicated as treatment would increase inflammation resulting in further joint destruction. Our aim is to preserve your joint health.
Do I need to be in pain to have chiropractic care?
No, some patients come to have less frequent maintenance chiropractic care to keep them from stiffening up, maintaining their mobility levels for their chosen lifestyles. Prevention is the most important thing to remember as a patient.
How much does it cost?
Please see the price list on the website home page. You are not tied in to a up front block of care or fee, you pay as you go. A block booking of six session may be arranged in advance allowing you to book your appointments in advance plus making you a saving, speak to your chiropractor about this.
What should I wear for my treatment?
You will be provided with a gown on your first visit if you are a female and will be given a gown on consecutive visits. You should always wear respectable underwear. Male and female patients can bring shorts for your first visit and consecutive treatments. Males generally do not need gowns. If you are uncomfortable with your body being exposed during examination and treatments, please speak to your chiropractor about this and we will accommodate you accordingly.
What if my condition can’t be helped by chiropractic care?
Your chiropractor is trained to refer you. Should you not be the right place or your health status changes your chiropractor will write a referral letter to your GP so that you are in the right place.
Who could potentially be refused chiropractic care?
*Please note any person who is has mental health conditions where they cannot make clear judgement/have been on long term use of drugs which have impaired memory they “must” be accompanied by their/the “same carer/family member” at “all times”. A person who does not speak English will need to be accompanied by a translator at all times due to language barriers and we must be informed so we can accommodate extra time.
We need to keep the patient safe by managing them accordingly with respect to treatments and patient management. Should the person decline a carer/translator to be with them on consultation and or treatments they will be refused care for that session.