- Am I too old for chiropractic adjustments?
Am I too old for chiropractic adjustments?
Chiropractic is highly recommended and beneficial for elderly patients. Through the use of appropriate and individualised adjustment techniques, a chiropractic doctor can help older patients improve mobility and vitality, reducing the symptoms of diseases typically attributed to ageing, such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Are there any risks?
Are there any risks?
Chiropractic has far fewer risks than many other treatments for your problem. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Research shows that chiropractic is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment available. Your chiropractor will, of course be happy to discuss all your concerns regarding treatment.
- Can babies and children get adjustments?
Most kids enjoy their chiropractic adjustments! The chiropractic theory is based on essential biological and physiological principles that apply to both adults and children. The treatment can be equally beneficial to adults, children and babies. Paediatric chiropractic adjustments are extremely gentle on newborns: your chiropractor will apply the same pressure you’d use to test the ripeness of an avocado.
During childhood, periodic examinations by a chiropractor can help preventing and identifying deficiencies or postural weaknesses that may predispose children to significant spinal problems. Typical “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual and in the case of children, the treatment is very specific and delicate.
- Can I adjust myself?
No – even your chiropractor consults a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care! You can make your joints “pop”, but you cannot perform an effective chiropractic adjustment without years of specific training. Serious damage can be caused by mobilising a joint with weakened ligaments – better avoid the risk of making things worse.
- Chiropractic, the NHS and private insurance companies
At the present time Chiropractic is not often prescribed on the NHS. There are financial reasons for this – Chiropractic focusses on the simple mantra that prevention is always better than a cure – but also there are legacy issues at work.
In certain areas of the country Chiropractic is available on the NHS but this varies from year to year based on the spending priorities established by regional NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. It is worth noting that the autonomy that stand alone private practices have often means they can offer a substantially better service often within 24 hours.
We also have quicker access to advanced diagnostic procedures, and have a much wider range of options for treatment available. We are covered by many private insurance companies, but often only for a small number of sessions focussed only on addressing the pain and not the underlying causes. Call us to discuss your specific situation and we will try and assist you.
- Could my diet affect my musculoskeletal health and wellness?
Yes it can. A poor diet, especially one high in sugar and low in vitamins (as much pre-prepared food is) will cause inflammation in the body. This means injuries are more likely to occur and to become chronic. Your Chiropractor will address some of this during your treatments and we sell good quality nutritional supplements to assist you making the necessary changes to your diet.
- Do I have a slipped disc?
Spinal discs lie between each pair of vertebrae (spinal bones) and are composed of two parts: a fibrous outer portion and jelly-like inner core. The soft core of the discs serves as a “ball bearing” for joint movement. Because of the way spinal discs attach to the vertebrae, they cannot actually slip. Discs can bulge, tear, herniate, thin, collapse, dry out… but they do not “slip”.
- Do I need to be referred by a GP?
No. As medically trained primary-care practitioners, Chiropractors are qualified to assess and diagnose patients without prior referral. By seeing your Chiropractor before your GP you will be able to receive treatment more quickly, and if you need any scans or further investigation rather than treatment your Chiropractor can refer you directly for these at the time.
- Do you do discounted treatments for [Disabilities/NHS/Students/999]?
Yes, we discount all our services by 20% for the above groups. This is upon request only, and not possible to backdate, so please ask and please don’t be offended if we ask for proof.
- Do you use needles?
All treatment is done after discussion with you as a patient, so if you are not comfortable with something then you just need to tell us. Yes, Chiropractors find good results using dry-needling/medical acupuncture as they are very effective at relaxing tight muscles, but this is not the only option.
Staff Note: Traditional Chinese acupuncture focuses on the body’s energy, Chiropractic dry-needling focusses only on tight/restricted muscles.
- Does treatment hurt?
Rarely. Adjustments, as a rule, are not painful. As with many treatments it is often the anticipation which is worse than the act. Your Chiropractor will discuss everything with you and ensure you are comfortable prior to any adjustment. There can sometimes be mild post treatment soreness, particularly in the first phases of treatment, but this will resolve quickly. Placing an ice pack on the affected area for 30 minutes will help speed up this process.
Some soft tissue techniques can be uncomfortable at the time, but most people describe this as a “good pain”, if there is such a thing!
- How long is one session?
While the Initial Consultation is up to 45 minutes long, normal treatments are only 10-15 minutes, but the chiropractor will take as long as needed and we do not charge for ‘time’ with the chiropractor.
- How long until I start feeling better?
The chance of obtaining very fast results is one of the reasons why many people choose chiropractic care. A large amount of factors can affect the duration of the treatment plan – some patients experience instant relief, while for others it can take a couple of weeks or even months.
Individual circumstances and chronic conditions might stretch the necessary healing process but most patients start sensing progress and feeling less pain within a very short period of time.
- How long do I have to wait for an appointment?
In most cases we can offer a same-day appointment and we are open long hours to accommodate most schedules.
- How long will I need chiropractic care?
The manual nature of chiropractic treatment is the reason why patients normally see their chiropractor several times. While some medical treatment plans that can be continued at home (for example, taking antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks), a patient needs to see the chiropractor for chiropractic care.
After patients reach their initial health goals, many choose to continue with periodic visits to the chiropractor. It’s entirely up to the you to decide how much chiropractic care you want to receive!
- How many chiropractic adjustments will I need?
Each case is unique and can require a specific duration / frequency of treatment. The number of sessions can vary according to individual health goals. Most people notice progress within a week or two. As the stability of your spine improves, you will generally visit your chiropractor less and less often. In the most extreme chronic cases, a process of complete healing can take several months.
- How often should I see a Chiropractor?
Honestly this depends on a number of factors. Obviously there are some underlying issues which are easier to address than others, but it also depends very much on your own compliance – if you do the exercises that are recommended and you change some of the lifestyle factors which may be contributing (for example sitting at your desk for 8+ hours per day) then you will likely see a very quick and lasting improvement. If you do nothing else but see your Chiropractor then you will find the adjustments do not last as long and you will want to come more often.
As a rough guide, we find most patients report vast improvement within 6-10 treatments, but we encourage the adoption of a maintenance programme and we see many patients every 4-6 weeks. Think about your relationship with your Chiropractor in the same way as you do your Dentist; regular checkups will minimise the chances of relapse.
- I am experiencing acute pain, should I wait before seeing a Chiropractor?
Many of our patients begin their treatment as they experience episodes of acute pain. There are no contraindications and numerous scientific studies show that chiropractic can help you reduce the pain quickly.
- I am not in pain now, but my pain comes and goes. Should I be checked?
Chiropractors practise in two main ways: one is to minimise the recurrence of your pain through ‘supportive care’. The practitioner may recommend a check-up every two to six months depending on your original complaint and your lifestyle. The other approach is known as ‘wellness care’. Here, the chiropractor may wish to check you more frequently, as well as exploring with you further ways you can enhance your well-being.
- I'm pregnant. Can I get treatment?
Yes you can, and in fact it is encouraged. During pregnancy your body release massive amounts of a hormone called Relaxin (yes, honestly!). That hormone causes your ligaments to relax (ready for child birth) but the unwelcome side effect is a loosening of joints and possible pelvic pain.
Your Chiropractor will demonstrate some simple but very effective exercises you can do at home to maintain strength and stability, but will also help by adjusting your pelvis to ease the pain. This is not painful in itself and perfectly safe for your baby. Many mothers report an easier childbirth than expected after regular adjustments during pregnancy.
- I get chronic headaches is there anything that can be done?
Of course, Chiropractic options are avilable as well as other ways to manage your nutrition and general well-being. Contact us for a consultation and we can best advise a route to helping your headaches.
- I have osteoporosis. Can I see a chiropractor?
Yes. Chiropractic techniques are non-invasive and chiropractors always take into account the patient’s health status. When developing a treatment plan, an experienced Chiropractor will consider the unique circumstances and expectations of each patient.
- I recently had surgery, can you still help me?
In most cases, yes. In fact it can be beneficial for your central nervous system and musculoskeletal health. The chiropractor will be able to tell you more during your consultation.
- I'm worried you'll make it worse
We will always take a full medical history and do a thorough initial examination before we treat you. We never do anything without explaining it first and we will stop treatment if you are uncomfortable. The risks of chiropractic are very minute, although we do tell patients that they may be sore for a day or so afterwards.
- Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments are very controlled, non-invasive, treatments and they are generally considered low-risk procedures, with reduced complications. Chiropractic can be considered safe when performed by a qualified, experienced professional.
Side effects from the treatment are very rare, but as with any therapeutic procedure there are possible risks involved. After spinal manipulation, in some cases the patient experiences local stiffness or soreness. These moderate side effects typically resolve themselves within one or two days.
Common medical treatments for neck pain, back pain and headache such as over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatories have risk ratios that far exceed even the highest risk estimates for chiropractic adjustments (according to scientific research).
By avoiding the risks of drugs and surgery, chiropractic keeps an outstanding and enviable safety record. Serious complications associated with chiropractic care are overall extremely rare.
- Is everyone adjusted the same way?
No, each individual diagnosis and care plan is unique. Patient’s care is custom-tailored according to age, gender, symptoms, expectations and comfort levels. You are unique – why should your chiropractic care be any different?
- Is treatment suitable even though I have had previous surgery?
In most cases the answer is yes. Of course it depends on the case concerned. However, any questions you have will be answered by your chiropractor. Your chiropractor is trained to recognise when treatment is indicated and when it isn’t. Previous spinal surgery is not necessarily a contraindication to treatment.
- What happens to my treatment records?
Your medical records are held in the strictest confidence. We use an encrypted cloud-based notes system – which is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act – and all records are kept for a minimum of 7 years (as is required by our regulatory body). You have the right to see your treatment records at any time without giving a reason, if you want to see your records please send a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org. A small administration fee may be charged.
- What if chiropractic doesn’t work?
If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to a GP, physiotherapist, neurologist, orthopaedic surgeon or relevant specialist. Your health and well-being are our only goals.
- hat if Chiropractic treatment isn't what I need?
We will not treat you if we don’t think that chiropractic treatment is the best option for you. At initial consultation we spend time investigating the cause of your symptoms and determining the best course of action. This allows us to offer speedy referral should treatment not be appropriate.
- What is Chiropractic?
Founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, chiropractic is now the third largest health profession in the United States (by number of practitioners). In fact, spinal manipulation has been around for thousands of years. Hippocrates (460–385 BC), often referred to as the father of Medicine, was the first physician to describe spinal manipulative techniques for the treatment of scoliosis.
The main goal of chiropractic is to discover and treat the causes of physical problems, rather than deal with the symptoms.
The original chiropractic theory is based on an extremely simple principle: structural problems, particularly those related to the spinal column, can generate dysfunctions that affect the functionality of the body, hindering the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself.
Chiropractors examine the spine, identify and correct vertebral subluxations with specific adjustments, thus promoting the body’s innate ability to self-heal and operate with the maximum efficiency.
- What is the difference between Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and a Chiropractic?
Physiotherapy is concerned mostly with corrective exercises, they focus on repetition and good movement patterns. They tend to practice in a ‘hands off’ manner, providing advice rather than ‘treatment’ as such.
Osteopaths and Chiropractors are very much ‘hands on’. They adjust joints where they find them stuck/locked and they strip out soft tissue (muscles) that are inhibiting good movement. Additionally, both can use dry-needling/medical acupuncture to release muscular tension. Chiropractors tend to focus more on adjusting, where Osteopaths do more soft-tissue work, but provided you see one or the other, you are in good hands!
- What makes the sound during the adjustment?
Sometimes, you may hear a “pop” noise in the middle of a chiropractic adjustment. This particular sound is called a cavitation, and it’s essentially caused by the shift of gas inside the joints. Gas, together with lubricating fluids, bursts to fill a partial vacuum which is created when the surfaces of the joints are separated.
- What will my first session include?
All Chiropractors are obliged to take a full medical history before commencing treatment. We are checking whether you have any relevant medical issues, perhaps a past injury that may be contributing to your pain or a family history that would require a more cautious approach (osteoporosis for example).
We also like to conduct a thorough examination. You may have localised pain (in your neck for example), but that doesn’t mean you know where or what the underlying cause is. Our job is to find that cause, and treat you accordingly. We are not ignoring your pain, we are just focussed on the cause rather than the effect.
We will then report our initial findings and agree a treatment plan with you. If time allows, we will try and start treatment there and then, but you should expect to return the following day for your first ‘proper’ treatment.
- What’s an “adjustment"?
A chiropractic adjustment is a highly refined manual process that is developed through years of intensive studies, training and practice. Proper chiropractic adjustments have a specific amount of energy, delivered to a precise spot, at the right angle.
The chiropractor uses his/her hands to adjust the joints, especially those of the spine, in order to reduce pain and restore proper dynamism, balance and range of movement. The technique can be adapted to each patient according to his/her individual needs, symptoms and comfort levels.
- Why do you sell packages and what do they include?
It takes time to change habits, especially when they concern our movement patterns. We also do not think that Chiropractic treatment alone is the answer to all aches and pains. We encourage patients to #MoveWell #EatWell and #ThinkWell and our packages are designed to complement this philosophy and encourage the small changes which make big differences in patients’ lives.
They also are a good option to save money as they all represent a discount from the full price of our treatments.
- Will I need x-rays or a scan?
Any decision to take x-rays or referral for scanning will be made in consultation with you. At all times, your chiropractor will weigh the risks against the benefits and advise you accordingly. Typical circumstances where an x-ray may be necessary are recent injuries, older patients whose bone structure may have altered over time, unusual examination findings or a history of serious diseases.
- Will I receive any medications from my chiropractor?
Chiropractors do not dispense drugs. Chiropractic is hands-on healthcare and it never involves drugs or surgery.
- Will my insurance policy cover chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, but some plans may have limitations or exclusions applicable to chiropractic. Check your benefit plan description for details and please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any doubts.
- Will you be cracking my back?
The short answer is No. But when Chiropractors adjust a joint, it does often cause the release of gas between the joints which you may hear as a ‘crack’. It is never bone on bone and it rarely hurts.
- Would a good/regular gym session be as effective as a Chiropractic adjustment?
No. Chiropractors will always prescribe certain exercises aimed at stabilising and strengthening key muscles, but which muscles and which exercises vary enormously depending on what is your underlying weakness. Chiropractors are trained to find that underlying cause – often the exact muscle – and to provide the most effective exercise for you to practice.
Our Chiropractors will happily speak to your PT/Coach to ensure a ‘joined up’ approach.