How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to help you reach a natural state of health. With improved spinal function there is often improved nervous system function. Your chiropractic can help remove interferences that may be impairing normal health.
What does the treatment involve?
Treatment consists of gentle manipulative techniques,
known as adjustments, to restore correct function, mobility and alignment to
the joints. As a result, nerve and muscular function will then be
improved. After years of training and clinical experience, each
chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of
adjusting approaches. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Usually, the doctor uses his hands or a specially designed instrument
(Activator) to deliver a brief and highly-accurate thrust.
Will treatment hurt?
This clinic mainly adopts gentle ‘low force’ techniques. Occasionally adjustments of a chronic or severe problem may cause transient mild discomfort, whilst your body adjusts to its ‘new’ alignment. We will tell you if this is likely to happen and will advise of self-help remedies in between treatments.
Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. Chiropractic is very safe when treatment is carried out by a qualified practitioner. Your chiropractor is trained to recognise conditions which require referral elsewhere.
How long does a chiropractic appointment take?
A full new patient appointment takes approximately 40 -50 minutes. This will include a consultation whereby the chiropractor takes a full medical history from you and then performs a thorough examination. The chiropractor will then give you a verbal Report of Findings, a diagnosis and discuss a treatment programme with you. He will then give you your first treatment. Any future treatment visits will only last approx 20 mins.
Who do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for people of all ages.
What will I wear?
You may wear any clothing but it is advisable to wear loose fitting trousers.
How long will it take to get better?
Each patient is assessed individually and your chiropractor will explain your treatment programme to you prior to starting. Your recovery is dependent on many factors - the frequency of your presenting ailment, the length of time you have had symptoms and your own commitment to any rehabilitative exercises and treatment visits.
Why should I return if I'm feeling fine?
Your pains may be gone but the painful condition that brought you to this clinic has probably taken years to materialize, so treatments to stabilize the area may be required. If you have a lifestyle or occupation that caused the original condition, then regular treatments should also be considered.
Should I bring my family for chiropractic checks?
Yes, chiropractic can help to prevent discomfort and pain, and is suitable for everyone. It is appropriate to visit a chiropractor even if you have no pain, as restrictions in movement can often be detected before symptoms appear.
Do I have a ‘slipped disc’?
Technically, a disc can't "slip." The inter-vertebral disc is a pad of cartilage-type material situated between spinal bones. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. A soft, jelly like center is contained by outer layers of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs help allow normal turning and bending. Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below, a disc cannot "slip."
However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause a bulging
disc, herniated disc, or worse, a rupture disc. This can be quite
painful, as the soft center of the disc leaks, putting pressure on the adjacent
nerve roots and spinal cord. While results cannot be guaranteed, many
patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills, by
choosing chiropractic care for their disc-related health problem.
Will my doctor approve?
In 1995 the British Medical Association concluded that patients with low back pain treated with chiropractic derive more benefit with long term satisfaction than those treated by hospitals. Following on from this, GPs were advised in 1996 by the Royal College of General Practitioners to recommend manipulative treatment within the first six weeks for patients with low back pain. More recently the National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (NICE) has approved chiropractic treatment for patients with low back pain. However, you do not need a GP referral to visit a chiropractor.
Can I help myself?
Absolutely! Recent research has indicated that patients who perform rehabilitative exercises in conjunction with their chiropractic treatment improve more quickly than those who do not. During your treatment we will instruct you on what exercise will help your condition.
What is the difference between chiropractic, physiotherapy and osteopathy?
There are some philosophical and clinical differences between chiropractor, physiotherapist and an osteopath, as well as many similarities. Similarly, two chiropractors could have two very different approaches to how they treat their patients. A chiropractor may even use osteopathic or physio techniques, and vice versa. The important factor is that the practitioner is well qualified and delivers safe techniques.
Chiropractic, physiotherapy and osteopathy professions now have statutory regulation. The Chiropractors Act received Royal Assent in July 1994. Resulting from it, the General Chiropractic Council was announced in January 1997. It is responsible for setting standards of both education and conduct within the profession, and requires all Chiropractors to be registered to practice legally in the UK.
Please phone 0161 482 0786, to make your consultation and examination appointment or to make further inquiries.