FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Get answers to your questions, allay any fears you have and learn more about how we can help.
How much will it cost?
Please see our pricing page. Click here to open.
How long will it take?
Each case is individual and depends on a lot of factors like how long you’ve had the problem, how severe or complex it is, your general health and fitness, and other health conditions you may have. In the majority of cases it takes a course of treatments to help you, this is because we’re making changes to your body – and that takes time and repetition (in the same way it takes time and repetition to improve your fitness). Not many people are ‘fixed’ in one session. However, in general most people notice some improvement after the first treatment (improved movement, slight reduction in pain, able to sleep a bit better), and more significant improvement after the first three to six treatments. Simple cases are resolved more quickly, and severe/chronic/complex cases take longer. This topic will be discussed on your first visit, and after a thorough history of your complaint and a full examination we are in a better position to advise you on how long it will take. It is always your choice to continue or stop treatment at any time. Following our advice will help minimise treatment numbers and help you get better quicker.
How often do I need to come?
At the start of your treatment we like to see you either once or twice a week (depending on the severity of your pain/condition). This is in order to make changes to your body as quickly as possible, and get you out of pain and back to normal as quickly as possible. We reduce treatment frequency as you improve and your body is able to cope with everyday activities better. Extremely severe and special cases may be different to this – and will be discussed on your first session.
I don’t know what type of treatment I need, or what will be best for me?
You don’t need to worry about this, we will choose the best types of treatment for you based on your individual case, the evidence base for each treatment type, and our experience. We usually use a selection of different treatment techniques within each treatment. We will discuss the best options for you following your examination. If you prefer not to receive an option we choose (such as acupuncture for example) then we will discuss and select an alternative.
Do you have to use a treatment technique that I don’t like the sound of?
No, we have a range of different techniques that we can use. Please feel free to discuss your preferences with us.
Will treatment be painful?
Yes and no! If we have to treat the painful area, then this will be tender to touch or put pressure on – but we always treat within your tolerance. As you progress and get better you will feel the painful area get less and less tender to treat. Often treatment is less painful than people are expecting.
What’s the clicking noise?
For a full explanation see our blog post and watch the video link by clicking here.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Initially you may feel a pin-prick on insertion of the needle, although sometimes this isn’t felt at all. We ensure we tap the needles in very quickly to make this as comfortable as possible. We use top quality needles which are more comfortable than some cheeper makes. They don’t feel the same as a blood test or injection as our needles are a lot finer, they are not hollow, and they are very smooth. Once the needles are in you may feel any (or none) of the following; a ‘weird’ ache, warmth, tingling, pressure. Even people who are needle-phobic have ended up liking acupuncture! Please see the acupuncture page for more information.
Will I feel worse after treatment?
Some people can – this is because your body is already in a state of pain and inflammation and we are working on and moving that area. We ALWAYS start treatment gently to minimise the likelihood of this, and to best assess how your body will react to treatment. We also choose the best treatments for you with the aim of both improving your condition but keeping post-treatment soreness to a minimum. Our assessment of you will also guide us as to how much treatment your body can handle and what is appropriate.
I didn’t "do" anything - so why have I got pain?
The large majority of people we see haven’t ‘done’ anything out of the ordinary for their pain to start – they just got out of bed, bent forward to pick something up, did a bit of digging in the garden, shuffled their chair forward, or even less than this! This is because in the majority of cases a problem has been building up for some time, eventually your body says ‘no more’ and something gives. “The straw that broke the camels back” in other words.
Your conscious awareness of pain is only a small percentage of the nociceptive input coming from your body (nociception is the ‘sense’ of a noxious, or harmful, stimulus). This means your body may have been sensing and responding to a problem for some time before you became aware of it. Pain occurs at the conscious level once the body can no longer deal with the problem at the subconscious level.
What can I do now to help myself?
Often people try long hot baths when they have back pain, but this can sometimes makes things feel worse the next day. Try an ice compress on the painful area; wrap some frozen peas/sweetcorn/ice in a tea-towel and apply to the area for 20 minutes every 2 hours. If you have damaged skin, diabetes, or a health condition that this could affect please consult your doctor first, or wait until you have seen us. Keep moving – just gentle, regular movement helps prevent the problem getting worse. Avoid painful activities that aggravate the problem – don’t try and ‘push through’ the pain, pain is there for a reason! Listen to your body.
I have osteoporosis, can you still treat me?
Yes, we have a range of very gentle techniques that we can use. Due to our level of training we understand all about osteopaenia and osteoporosis, and can treat and advise you accordingly.
How qualified are you?
Chiropractors undergo an intensive 4 or 5 year undergraduate degree (either a BSc. (Hons), or Masters). 1000’s of hours are spent studying subjects such as; embryology, histology, anatomy, gross anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, neurology, orthopaedics, pathology, functional management, palpation, rehabilitation, treatment techniques, general diagnosis, radiography & radiology, pharmacology, clinical skills, and more! Recognised degree courses are only run at three universities in the UK that meet strict criteria to achieve accreditation. Education and practice is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) – an independent statutory body established by Parliament. This is the same level of regulation as Doctors, Dentists and Osteopaths.
On top of this we do further study each year (Continuing Professional Development) as a prerequisite of yearly registration with the GCC. All Chiropractors at our clinic exceed the required amount of yearly training due to our love of learning and our aim to bring you the best and latest understanding and techniques. We understand all about your body, including recognising other causes of back pain such as kidney problems, inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, and more sinister causes. If we suspect anything untoward we will refer you to your GP with a written letter detailing our concerns.
Can I get an x-ray or MRI?
Yes, we can refer for private x-ray’s or MRI’s. We follow the UK Government’s Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IRMER). We can only refer for imaging after taking a full medical history and performing a thorough physical examination to determine if imaging is indicated, so you would need to book in for our initial full appointment.
What’s the difference between Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy?
These days the training of all three very much overlaps as it is based on the current understanding of how the body works, and the latest research. Chiropractors and Osteopaths undergo a 4 or 5 year degree, Physiotherapists undergo a 3 year degree. Chiropractic and Osteopathy are regulated by statutory bodies, Physiotherapy is regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council. The main difference is in the history of the three professions. NHS Physiotherapy tends to focus more on giving an exercise plan, although sometimes you will receive hands-on treatment as well. Chiropractic, Osteopathy and private Physiotherapy tend to focus more on hands-on treatment, with the addition of exercise and lifestyle advice.
We advise that you find a practitioner that you like, get on with, feel you can trust, and who uses techniques that work for you – whatever their title! Every individual practitioner will be different depending on their interests, focus, skill-set, and further training. No one profession is better than the other.