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Frequently Asked Questions


Is Chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is extremely safe when carried out by a properly qualified doctor of chiropractic. There has been extensive research showing that chiropractic treatment is significantly safer than NSAIDS (a common type of anti-inflammatory medication), painkillers and spinal surgery. When you first see your chiropractor you will receive an extensive examination, which may include x-rays and electromyographic studies, you will then be given a report of exactly what has been found in the examination. If your case is accepted by the chiropractor you will be offered a treatment plan, outlining the probable length of the course of the intended treatment, and we will inform you of any possible risks and discuss with you any concerns you may have. When you are satisfied that you fully understand your particular condition then the treatment program can commence.

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Is Chiropractic painful?

Chiropractic treatment carried out by a properly qualified doctor of chiropractic, is generally painless. Occasionally if you have an acute condition with a lot of muscle spasm there may be some discomfort, however your chiropractor will always use the most appropriate technique to minimise any discomfort, and give advise on how to help yourself at home.

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How long before I can expect to feel better?

All condition are different and response to treatment will vary significantly. As a general rule the longer you have had a problem the longer it takes to get better. Most people will start to feel some improvement after 2 or 3 treatment sessions, but treatment programs often involve around 8 sessions to achieve a long term resolution of the problem. The recovery time is also very dependant on your commitment to the treatment program, including following any advice regarding lifestyle changes or exercise programs deemed necessary by your chiropractor.

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How frequently will I need treatment?

All treatment programs are designed to ensure as rapid a recovery as possible, and all conditions vary, but generally 2 treatment sessions a week for a couple of weeks then spreading out the intervals as the condition stabilises. You will be given stretching and exercise advice to help your condition settle down. Many people have come to understand the importance of their spinal health and see their chiropractor every month or so in order to prevent back problems occurring. The decision to continue with chiropractic care is always up to you, there is no obligation to continue your treatment program.

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How long does each Chiropractic treatment session take?

Your first session with a chiropractor will take around half an hour, after that most treatment is done in around 10 to 15 minutes. However all conditions are different and your chiropractor will take the time necessary to ensure that you get maximum improvement as fast as possible.

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Do I need to see my GP first?

You do not need to see your GP prior to seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractors are primary contact practitioners and are fully trained to diagnose whether yours is a chiropractic case or not. If not then you will referred on to your GP or other healthcare practitioner.

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Can I claim on my health insurance?

Most insurance companies will cover Chiropractic treatment. We have been registered with BUPA and PPP for many years now. Generally you get a claim form from your insurance company, some require you GP's signature, and when your treatment program is over you return the form, filled out by your chiropractor, with an itemised receipt of costs incurred to get a refund.

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What causes the "popping" noise when I get Chiropractic treatment?

In a chiropractic adjustment the working surfaces of a joint are moved apart a very small distance in order to restore normal joint function. When this occurs there is a reduction of pressure within the joint resulting in a popping sound as the joint separates. This is painless and harmless, but if you find the noise alarming your chiropractor can utilise different techniques that do not result in this sound.

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Can children have Chiropractic care?

Chiropractic treatment is suitable for all ages from the new born to the very elderly. Chiropractors are trained to adapt their techniques so as to be able to deliver safe effective treatment for all. Children like adults can get functional problems with their spines which may cause wide variety of symptoms. Parents often chose to bring their children for chiropractic check-up as many childhood conditions respond well to chiropractic care.

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Can I have Chiropractic treatment if I am pregnant?

Chiropractors are trained to treat pregnant patients and can frequently help with many back conditions during pregnancy. Many women choose to have regular chiropractic checkups during their pregnancy so that their spine and pelvis is supple and well balanced thereby helping to ensure a trouble free labour. After childbirth chiropractic can help restore the normal mechanics of the pelvis, and give advice as to effective rehabilitation exercises to counteract the loss of spinal function due to the pregnancy.

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Can I have Chiropractic treatment after surgery?

Chiropractic treatment generally is suitable after surgery, chiropractors are trained to understand the implications of surgery and therefore know when it is safe to treat a particular condition or not. Many people get effective relief from their post surgical pain and in fact many also choose to opt for safe chiropractic treatment to avoid unnecessary back surgery.

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How long is Chiropractic training?

The Anglo European College of Chiropractic and the University of Glamorgan offer Chiropractic degree's which involve a minimum of four years full time study, followed by one year postgraduate training with the British Chiropractic Associations Vocational Training Scheme. Upon successful completion of this a Diploma in Chiropractic is awarded and the Chiropractor is eligible for membership of the British Chiropractic Association.

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How do I know if a Chiropractor is properly qualified?

The Chiropractic profession has statutory regulation and is controlled by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), who are responsible for ensuring that all practising Chiropractors are properly qualified, undergo continual professional development, and abide by the Code of Conduct. It is a legal requirement for all practising Chiropractors to be registered with the GCC.

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