What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. It emphasises manual therapy including manipulation and other joint and soft tissue manipulation, and includes exercises, and health and lifestyle counselling. Chiropractors are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council.
For more information, visit www.gcc-uk.org
What conditions do we treat / can we help?
Evidence supports chiropractic treatment in the management of a wide range of conditions including back pain (lumbago), neck pain and associated headaches, joint pain (e.g. Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow), and general aches and pains. To find out if we can help you, call for a free and confidential discussion about your condition; we are happy to advise you what to do even if we can’t treat you.
What happens during a consultation and assessment?
Finding out what the problem is and what can be done to help… A full history is taken, followed by an appropriate examination. Many problems can be diagnosed at this stage and a plan of treatment agreed. If further investigations are needed, or you need treatment we can’t provide, you will be referred to the right person.
What is treatment about?
The purpose of treatment is to help with your pain and get you functioning better so you can help yourself and promote prevention. Treatment sessions often include physical therapy (mobilizing, manipulation, muscle relaxation), education about your problem, and advice about activities, exercise, and what you can do to help and prevent your problem.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
Although many GP’s refer their patients to chiropractors; it is not necessary to obtain a GP referral before consulting a chiropractor.
How long does an appointment last for?
Assessment consultations last about 40 minutes and treatment sessions normally last between 15 and 30 minutes.