Questions and Answers

Who is chiropractic treatment suitable for?

Chiropractic treatment is suitable for everyone, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts. Your chiropractor will help you to maintain your own health, and keep your body working as it should, by offering exercise and lifestyle advice alongside treatment, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of your pain returning.

Will I receive treatment on the first visit?

In most cases treatment will begin on the first visit. Occasionally X-Rays or MRI scans are needed before treatment can begin.

When can I expect to see results?

For the more simple cases, improvements are noticed after just a few visits. For more longstanding conditions, it may take a little longer. We will advise you as to what to expect and whether your condition requires long-term care.

Does chiropractic treatment hurt?

No, chiropractic treatment is not painful, when performed by a qualified professional. If acute muscle spasm is present over the area to be treated, you may feel some short-term discomfort. If your problem has been untreated for a long time, you may experience some post-treatment soreness. This will soon pass as your body begins to adjust. We will be able to tell you if this is likely to happen and how to minimise any discomfort.

What is the popping or clicking noise that I hear when I have an adjustment?

It is not bone rubbing on bone. When the two surfaces of the joint are moved apart rapidly, as happens in a chiropractic adjustment, there is a change of pressure within the joint space. This may sometimes cause a bubble of gas to ‘pop’ – but this sound is not significant, and does not hurt.

I'm not sure if I should see a chiropractor for my condition what should I do?

We encourage anyone who is not sure whether chiropractic is the right option for them to book a free, no obligation, discussion. This enables us to find out if chiropractic can help your condition. You get a chance to meet us and decide if you would like us to help you.

What if the problem is something more serious?

The 5 year chiropractic training programme equips us as chiropractors with the skills to decide whether or not the problems that we encounter are suitable for chiropractic treatment. If we feel that chiropractic is not appropriate for the cause of your symptoms, you well be referred to your GP or to a suitable specialist.

How much does it cost?

An initial consultation costs £65 and subsequent treatment is £42 per visit. There are discounts for under 18’s and students.

Can I claim the cost of my treatment on my private healthcare insurance?

Yes, we are registered with all major healthcare insurers including BUPA and PPP.

I thought my pain was muscular

More often than not it is an underlying joint that is causing the problem. A painful joint will trigger a muscle spasm around it, so that muscular pain may be part of the problem, but without adjusting the joint your pain will always come back. This is why many people find they only have limited success when other health care providers only address the muscular side of the problem.

Is chiropractic suitable during pregnancy?

Yes, chiropractic treatment is suitable and safe throughout pregnancy and after giving birth. Chiropractic care can help with common problems associated with pregnancy such as pain in the back, pelvis and rib cage. Removing these problems with the joints and ligaments can often ease the pain of labour.

Can babies and children be treated?

The whole family can benefit from chiropractic care, although techniques used to treat babies obviously differ dramatically from those of adults. It is a good idea to have babies checked soon after birth. Any spinal or joint problems can then be dealt with early on before they cause further problems. Talk to your chiropractor to find out more.

What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?

There are differences in technique and approach, as well as some similarities. The important factor is that the practitioner is well qualified. Both professions now have statutory regulation.