Your first visit
Your first consultation will take 40-60 minutes. The chiropractor will take a full case history, an appropriate physical examination including postural analysis, orthopaedic,
neurological and muscle testing.
A report of findings will then be given, and if appropriate, an individually tailored treatment plan to the patient can commence. In rare cases a patient may need to be referred for further investigations.
(under 16 £50)
Treatment numbers can vary from person to person, but chiropractic focuses on the route cause of the problem as opposed to just 'fixing the pain' so maintenance care can be recommended.
Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle and pain-free, specific spinal manipulation to free restricted joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Other techniques can include mobilisation, which is the gradual moving of joints. These are designed to improve the function of joints, while in turn relieving pain and muscle spasm.
But they may also use other recommended treatments such as certain types of acupuncture, stretching exercises and rehabilitation, all of which form part of a chiropractor’s package of care. Your chiropractor may also offer lifestyle advice to help recovery and to prevent repeated episodes of back pain. (British Chiropractic Association)
(under 16 £40)
Will it hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments usually do not hurt. There may be some minor, short-lived tenderness after treatment, which passes quickly for most patients. Follow up treatments usually feel more comfortable as symptoms start to reduce.
Do I need a GP referral?
No, you can self refer for chiropractic treatment. Your chiropractor will tell you if they feel that this treatment is not suited to you, or refer you for further investigation if necessary.
Why not just take painkillers?
Painkillers may reduce the pain, but symptoms could return once you have stopped taking them, as they do not necessarily deal with the cause. They may also have side effects.
Are there any risks?
Chiropractic has far fewer risks than other treatments for your problem. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Very rarely manipulation of the neck has been linked with strokes, although research shows that chiropractic is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment available. Your chiropractor will be happy to discuss all your concerns regarding treatment.