Frequently Asked Questions

How does Chiropractic work?

Chiropractic adjustments are very precise and specific thrusts, done by hand, which aim to restore normal joint function. By allowing joints to move freely again the adjustments help to reduce inflammation and nerve pinching, allowing your body to heal. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to detect and correct subluxations.

What causes a subluxation?

Modern LIFE! Subluxations can be caused by physical, mental and chemical stresses on the body. The most obvious ones are the physical stresses such as birth, accidents, falls, sports injuries, bad posture, sedentary work/living and other physical stresses. However mental and chemical stresses are playing a bigger part in our health challenges these days. Causes of subluxation can include poor diet, bad lifestyle habits, environmental toxins and the mental stresses and worries of work, family, bills etc that we all have. Remember if you are under stress your body is too.

Will treatment hurt?

Typically chiropractic adjustments, when carried out by a qualified Doctor of Chiropractic, are not painful. If you have a very acute condition, where even the slightest touch or movement is painful, there may be some discomfort. Patients often report feeling better after an adjustment though approximately 10% will feel sore, this is because we are adjusting the specific cause of your problem where there is likely inflammation. Sometimes, if you have had a condition for a long time, you may feel sore or tired after an adjustment as your body starts to re-adjust. We will advise you if we think this may be the case for you.

How often do I need to come for adjustments?

The number of adjustments will vary with each patient and their individual health goals. Appointments are timed specifically for your situation. Each adjustment builds on the previous one making a steady change for the better – and staying with your schedule is important to get the results you want. In most cases there are three phases of care – initial pain relief to get you well, ongoing adjustments and exercise advice to help strengthen the spine and wellness care to help you stay well and be the best you can be.

Is Chiropractic safe?

Government studies across the world have consistently found chiropractic care to be very safe and effective. While past media attention has sometimes painted a negative picture of the chiropractic profession chiropractic has an excellent safety record because it is based on a conservative and natural approach to health. Without the use of risky drugs and surgery. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited or who may need a different technique.

What is wellness / maintenance care?

Once, by palpation, our doctors can tell that you have reached your optimal biomechanical function you will be offered the chance to stay well with regular check ups, with adjustments to keep your spine healthy. Often preventing regression of chronic problems including arthritis. When your spine is functioning optimally your nervous system is free to work without interference and this preventative wellness approach is an integral part of our philosophy. But it is always a choice and for those whose personality doesn’t suit we are happy to keep your file active so you can call us when you feel you need help again.

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation is defined by chiropractors as a relatively common condition in which a joint – most commonly in the spine but can be found in any joint – becomes restricted or locked and swells due to inflammation. Bone, muscle, joint, and most importantly nerve function are all altered due to vertebral subluxation. The symptoms; such as pain, tingling, numbness, indigestion, headaches and many others, are often felt where the nerve goes to. Often NOT where the nerve is pinched. In many cases you will have NO SYMPTOMS for a long time after you have a subluxation – just like a cavity in a tooth often doesn’t give toothache until possibly years later.

What causes the popping sound during an adjustment?

Lubricating fluids separate the joint surfaces and when the joint is moved rapidly during a specific chiropractic adjustment, there is a change of pressure within the joint space, which sometimes causes the popping sound. Not all techniques cause the popping sound and the presence or absence of that sounds means little to the effectiveness of the adjustment.

Should I bring my family in for chiropractic check-ups?

YES! We don’t wait until we have severe toothache to have our teeth checked by the dentist. Like a dentist checks your teeth and looks for cavities even when you have no pain, so Doctors of Chiropractic can detect and correct subluxations even regardless of whether you have symptoms yet. Chiropractic can be used to prevent future pain and dysfunction and babies and children also benefit from regular spinal check ups.

A recent study published in the journal of neurophysiology clearly showed that an adjustments on patients with NO PAIN influenced the function of the brain, notably the pre-frontal cortex by 20%. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for behaviour, goal directed tasks, decision making, memory and attention, motor control and the processing of pain among many more.

Will x-rays need to be taken? / Are x-rays dangerous?

After your consultation and examination your Doctor of Chiropractic will decide if x-rays will be of benefit to your case. X-rays are an important diagnostic tool often used to help determine the exact cause of your problem. Our x-ray equipment is of the highest standard and the amount of radiation that you will receive is minimal and we utilise techniques to reduce this further.

What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?

Chiropractic students in the UK typically study full time for 5 years to gain their chiropractic degree. Chiropractic education includes a similar number of hours as for a medical doctor but with more of a focus on the anatomy, physiology and lifestyle components such as nutrition and physical and physiological aspects and how they affect your health. Chiropractic students have to meet further set standards including; chiropractic principles, research and evaluation, assessment and independent primary healthcare.

If you have any queries or concerns about Chiropractic or how it could help you, get in touch.