Is Chiropractic safe?
There is statutory regulation of chiropractic in the UK, which means that chiropractors work under the same regulatory procedures as conventional medical doctors.
It is illegal to practice chiropractic unless you are registered with the General Chiropractic Council, who only accept chiropractors who have the correct qualifications and abide by the Code of Practice.
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 common types of anti-inflammatory medication, painkillers and spinal surgery.
No form of treatment is completely free from potential adverse reactions, but the risks posed by chiropractic are extremely small. Most patients feel immediately better after their treatment, but some may feel a mild soreness or aching after treatment that may last for a day, rather like they may feel after a hard exercise session.
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 advice on how to help yourself at home.
How long before I can expect to feel better?
All conditions 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 two or three treatment sessions, but treatment programs often involve around eight sessions to achieve a long term resolution of the problem. The recovery time is also very dependent on your commitment to the treatment program, including following any advice regarding lifestyle changes or exercise programs deemed necessary by your chiropractor.
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 two treatment sessions a week for a couple of weeks then spreading out the intervals as the condition stabilizes. You may 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.
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.
Do I need to see my GP first?
No, you do not need to see your GP prior to seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractors are primary contact practitioners and are fully trained to diagnose problems whether yours is a chiropractic case or not. If not then you will be referred on to your GP or other suitable healthcare practitioner.
Can I claim on my health insurance?
Yes, many health insurance companies will cover Chiropractic treatment, if you are planning to claim on your health insurance it is advisable to contact them prior to starting treatment as they often have different claims protocols.
Can children have Chiropractic care?
Yes, 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 choose to bring their children for chiropractic check-ups, as many childhood conditions respond well to chiropractic care.
Can I have Chiropractic treatment if I am pregnant?
Yes, chiropractors are trained to treat pregnant patients and can frequently help with many musculoskeletal 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 a chiropractor will advice on effective rehabilitation exercises to counteract the loss of spinal function due to the pregnancy.
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.