What do Chiropractors do?Click to Read More
Chiropractors specialise in the Spine and the Nervous system. They detect and correct areas of spinal dysfunction, called subluxations, that can cause interference to your nervous system, along with pain, stiffness and inflammation. Chiropractic is a natural approach to health and wellbeing and focuses on your body’s innate ability to function and heal itself, by freeing it from nervous system interference. We restore normal function and flexibility by gently adjusting your spine, thereby reducing nervous system interference, pain and inflammation. Chiropractors primarily focus on getting your spine and nervous system to work well.
Why is it important for my spine and nervous system to work well?Click to Read More
Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord and trillions of nerves that run throughout your whole body. As such, your nervous system controls your body and all it’s functions – in other words, it controls every single cell in your body. To ensure good cell function, vital information is constantly conveyed back and forth from your brain to each and every cell in your organs, muscles and tissues. Misalignments in your spine can cause interference to your nervous system, thereby affecting the quality of the information that is relayed back and forth. This, in turn, can affect your overall health and wellbeing. By getting your spine properly aligned and functioning better, your body is able to heal itself. Keeping your spine functioning well, by making chiropractic part of your lifestyle, helps your overall health and wellbeing.
Why would I see a Chiropractor?Click to Read More
Relieve your pain, aches, stiffness
To improve posture and mobility
Prevent your problem reoccurring
To improve overall health and wellbeing
What is a chiropractic adjustment?Click to Expand
A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural method is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
What do chiropractic adjustments feel like?Click to Read More
Usually quite pleasant. Often practice members mention that not only do they move better, but that they feel more “connected” and report a pleasant sense of ease and well-being. Sometimes, you may hear or feel a ‘popping’ sound from the spinal joint. This is nothing to worry about and quite normal. The sound is simply caused by the popping of a tiny bubble of gas that may form in the joint fluid. It’s similar to ‘popping’ your knuckles and it doesn’t alter the efficacy of the adjustment. If you are in moderate to acute pain, you may experience a little discomfort, often due to the inflammation, but we will do our best to make you as comfortable as we can.
Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.
How long do I need to allocate for my appointments?
After the investment of time needed on the first appointment (up to an hour) and second appointment (30 – 45 minute) , many patients become concerned that every visit will be of equal length. In a word. No. We recommend that you allocate approximately 15 minutes from the time you step out of your car, to the time that you step back in it. But don’t think the brevity of a regular visit lessens its value! We quickly size up your spine and nervous system, comfortably adjust you and get you on your way. We recognise that your time is valuable. We do everything possible to run on time and minimise the impact on your busy life. Your adjustments helps to retrain your nervous system, and the effects of an adjustment continue for hours or days after you leave the centre.
Is it safe?
Yes, chiropractic care is safe for all ages – from babies and mums-to-be to the elderly. Chiropractic is a conservative approach to healthcare and is natural and non-invasive. It works with your body and avoids drugs and invasive procedures, making it amongst the safest forms of health care available. In fact, a New Zealand enquiry called Chiropractic “remarkably safe”. Chiropractors have an enviable safety record using proven techniques and natural methods to help you get well and stay well.
Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.
While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely, anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.
Will I need X-Rays?
No, we do not do X-rays at our centre. Instead, we use computerised nervous system testing, including SEMG, thermal scanning ……
There is no radiation with a thermal scan and it doesn’t take a picture of the bones like an x-ray. The thermal scan is a specialised nervous system test. It uses an Infrared scanner to measure exact temperature differences on either side of the spine. This indicates any signs of nerve interference in the messages that go to your organs and glands. It does not take a picture of the inside like an x-ray or an MRI. Instead, it is more focused on how the nervous system is working.
However if you do have an X-Ray, our doctors are trained to read them, so please bring them with you. If the Chiropractor feels that you do require an X-Ray they will refer you out as we only take them where clinically necessary. It depends on what we find during your consultation and examination. They can be an important diagnostic tool for certain problems.
How much will it cost?
It varies from person to person, depending on your condition, how long it’s been present, your age, general level of health and also your level of motivation to get well.
What is the difference between Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?
Chiropractic is based on the fact that good spinal alignment and function leads to better health by keeping the nervous system free of nerve interference. Chiropractors are expert in adjusting specific, individual vertebra and joints that need to be corrected. To help with diagnosis, they are also highly trained in taking and interpreting x-rays and some, like we do, use computerised scanning technology. Osteopaths concentrate more on the circulatory system and muscles and manipulate large areas of the spine with less specificity. Many do not take x-rays or use scanning. Physiotherapists aim to improve function and health by stretching, mobilisation and massage.
What sort of training and qualifications do Chiropractors have?
Doctors of Chiropractic must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council to practise in the UK and study for minimum of 4 years full-time studying a chiropractic degree.
Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
Yes, we are covered by most major insurance companies except for Bupa and AXA PPP. We always suggest that you check with your insurance provider to see if your policy covers chiropractic care.