Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Many Visits Will I Need?
This depends on what your condition is and how long you have had it. Some conditions that have been ongoing for a length period may require ongoing supportive care for optimum function. These long standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic check ups help keep them in the best possible function.
2. Am I Too Old For Chiropractic Care?
More and more people are consulting chiropractors in their later years. Restoring better biomechanical function can help improve mobility, well-being and reduce pain and inflammation. Many patients report an improvement in their symptoms simply by getting their joints moving better and doing specific remedial exercises.
3. Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, many changes occur to a woman’s body including postural changes as the pregnancy progresses. Chiropractic treatment at this time will be gentle and be aimed at correcting any restricted joints and maintaining optimal spinal balance. A correct pelvic alignment is of paramount importance for the impeding delivery!
4. Can I Claim Back Costs For Chiropractic Treatment From My Health Insurance Company?
Chiropractic is covered by most health insurance providers, however, it is always best to check with your health insurance company.
5. Do I Need To Contact My GP Before Seeing A Chiropractor?
Since chiropractors are primary health care practitioners, you do not need a GP referral before consulting a chiropractor. However, some patients prefer to do so and request that we update their GP with their progress, which we are happy to do.
6. Are All Patients Treated In The Same Way?
No. The chiropractor evaluates each patient’s unique problem and develops an individual course of care. There are different types of adjusting techniques tailored to suit the patient’s age, condition and particular problem.
7. How Effective is Chiropractic Treatment?
Numerous studies throughout the world have shown that chiropractic treatment is both safe and effective. In February 2010 the Effectiveness of Manual Therapies: the UK Evidence Report was published. It found evidence that spinal manipulation/mobilisation is an effective treatment for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain; migraine and cervicogenic headaches; cervicogenic dizziness; manipulation/mobilisation is effective for several extremity joint conditions; and thoracic manipulation/mobilisation is effective for acute/subacute neck pain.
In May 2009, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. The guidelines recommend what care and advice the NHS should offer to people affected by low back pain. NICE assessed the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of available treatments and one recommendation is to offer a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage. This treatment may be provided from a range of health professionals, including chiropractors as spinal manipulation is part of the package of care that chiropractors can offer.