Frequently Asked Questions...
Will it hurt?
No, it shouldn't do. Chiropractors are subject to a huge amount of academic and practical training at Chiropractic College and are very experienced at adjusting even before qualifying. Adjustments are skilfully performed to cause the least amount of discomfort possible and different pressure and technique is tailored to suit different people. There will understandably, be an amount of discomfort in any areas of inflammation and it might be necessary to provoke some pain during assessment and with some soft tissue techniques.
Any discomfort or stiffness following treatment is often a result of your body's response to the treatment and varies between different people.
Will I have to undress?
No. It is important to us that you feel comfortable and will not be asked to remove any clothing if is not necessary. Treatments take place fully clothed, although during your initial examination, a full thorough assessment is made and it is necessary to remove clothing to your underwear. Lightweight sports shorts can also be worn. A gown is always provided and offered should you wish to wear one.
How long are the treatments?
Can anybody call themselves a chiropractor?
Treatment times can often vary between different patients and techniques and McTimoney chiropractic adjustments can take a little longer than some other chiropractic techniques and are between 45 minutes and an hour. (Initial/ first assessment and treatment, between 1.5 and 2 hours.) The length of treatment time is not an indicator of effectiveness, but we will always allow time to treat what is necessary.
No. Chiropractors in Great Britain are registered with and regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
All chiropractors are highly qualified are required to have completed a medical sciences based chiropractic degree in order to call themselves a chiropractor.
I've heard that chiropractic can be dangerous, is it?
No absolutely not. Chiropractic is a drug free profession and comparatively carries no serious risks.
Your safety is our concern at all times and a thorough initial examination takes place to identify any problems that you may have with your health before commencing any sort of treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Unfortunately, this is very difficult to predict as it can depend on the type of condition as well as the person. As a general rule though, the longer that a problem has been present, then the longer it will take to improve. Other factors such as age, general health and history of the patient as well your lifestyle and commitment to aftercare advice also play a part.
Generally, most patients will need between 2 and 6 sessions, initially at weekly intervals, becoming gradually more spaced out, by this time a noticeable change should have taken place.
Keep in mind that while we should be able to reduce or eliminate your pain relatively quickly it will take longer to address the cause of the pain.
How much will it cost?
For a list of prices, please see price list. Treatments are discounted for Students, over 60's and children.
Will you crack my back?
It is a very common misconception that chiropractors, 'just crack backs.'
In reality however, producing a cracking sound from a joint is a small part of the treatment process. Your chiropractor will spend time with you assessing your joints and preparing your body for an adjustment. This can take the form of massage and mobilisation techniques as well as orthopedic and neurological testing. Depending on the technique used, chiropractic adjustments can range from a high velocity force adjustment, a light flick or the very gentle easing of a cranial adjustment.
Do I need to be referred to see a chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are Primary Healthcare Practitioners and able to make decisions independantly of other healthcare providers. It is however good practice to communicate with other professionals and might contact your GP to let them know how you are progressing with your care.