We understand that you may have questions about our services and that you will probably want to talk to us before making your first appointment, however we’ve compiled this section in order to answer your most frequently asked questions.
What happens at my first visit?
Your Chiropractor will listen as you describe your problem. You will then generally undergo a detailed examination including orthopaedic and neurological testing. If necessary, you may be referred for an x-ray or MRI scan. Your Chiropractor will then outline a treatment plan appropriate to your condition.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Our Chiropractors are primary contact healthcare professionals and as such your safety is our primary concern. In common with medical practitioners and dentists, all chiropractors are registered by law under the Chiropractor s Act 1994 and the title ‘Chiropractor ‘ is protected under this legislation. The profession is statutorily regulated through the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practice as a Chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. It takes a minimum of four years full time education to qualify as a Chiropractor.
Is chiropractic just for lower back pain?
NO! Research has shown that Chiropractic care is beneficial to those suffering with:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder Complaints and Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Back Pain and Sciatica
- Headaches and Prevention of Migraines
- Minor Sports Injuries and Muscle Spasms
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Joint Pain
- Tennis Elbow and Elbow Pain
- Pregnancy and Children
Is chiropractic treatment safe after surgery?
Chiropractic is remarkably safe when treatment is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner. Your Chiropractor is trained to recognise conditions which require referral elsewhere, and after assessing individual circumstances can treat you even after surgery.
For whom is chiropractic suitable?
Chiropractic treatment is generally suitable for all ages including, the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts. Once you are better, your Chiropractor will help you to maintain your own health, and keep your body working as it should, by offering exercise and lifestyle advice for you to follow in the future.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the history of your particular problem, its severity and the duration of symptoms. Different people respond at different rates, and some of this also depends on your commitment to the suggested treatment program, including exercises and lifestyle advice. Your Chiropractor will inform you of your Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment Plan once they have examined you.
Why should I return if I'm feeling fine?
Your Chiropractor has treated you thereby allowing your body to heal, but if you continue the lifestyle which caused the original condition, regular treatment should also continue.
Should I take painkillers?
Painkillers may help reduce the symptoms of pain, but they never address the cause. They may also have unnecessary side effects such as stomach up sets, drowsiness and nausea. Chiropractic is a much safer way of dealing with your pain and resolving the cause of it. The Chiropractic care we provide aims to resolve the underlying cause of pain with the objective of improving and maintaining your long-term health, without the need for painkillers.
Is the treatment painful?
No, the treatment isn’t painful. If your problem has been untreated for a while, you may experience some post-treatment soreness. Your Chiropractor will explain how to keep symptoms to a minimum.
Do I need to consult my GP first?
No. Registered chiropractors are able to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions without the need for a GP referral. Chiropractic patients generally refer themselves, although some are referrals from GPs and other specialists.
Can I have chiropractic treatment during pregnancy?
Yes. Pregnancy is a good time to have chiropractic care as your body is undergoing a rapid change and therefore may be susceptible to the increased stresses and strains of pregnancy.
Will I need x-rays?
The majority of our patients do not need to have x-rays. However, if required, you will be referred for x-rays or MRIs to aid us with the diagnosis of your condition. This will be discussed with you at your consultation.
“Since coming to Essential Chiropractic for my back I have vastly improved my mobility. The back area was a problem for me because of the 15 years in professional sport. With the speeds we play our sport at there is a place for Chiropractic. This is why I will continue to use Essential Chiropractic and Dipty Patel.”
Emma Mathias, 42 years old – Nursery Practitioner