Will my doctor approve?
Can I get treatment on the NHS?
How long does treatment take?
How long will it take to get better?
How often do I need to come for treatment?
What is the popping noise of the adjustment?
Have I got a 'trapped nerve' or a 'slipped disc'?
Will treatment hurt?
Are all patients adjusted in the same way?
What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?
How are chiropractors trained and qualified?
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Why should I return if I'm feeling fine?
Can I adjust myself?
Is there scientific proof that chiropractic works?

Will my doctor approve?

Increasingly, GPs are recognising chiropractic as an effective complementary treatment, particularly for back pain. However, some are less keen to refer patients to chiropractors. You do not need a GP's referral to visit a chiropractor.

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Can I get treatment on the NHS?

Some GPs are able to purchase chiropractic treatment for their patients on the NHS. Many health insurance companies will now pay for chiropractic treatment.

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How long does treatment take?

The first consultation takes, on average, about half an hour, and a chiropractic treatment session about 15 minutes, but this will vary according to your condition and your needs.

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How long will it take to get better?

Your recovery is dependent on many factors - the problem, the length of time you have had it and your own commitment to any rehabilitative exercises and maintenance visits which your chiropractor may recommend.

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How often do I need to come for treatment?

An average course of chiropractic treatment may entail five or six visits over two or three weeks, but every case is assessed individually, and it is important to keep your appointments, and make regular visits. Discuss this with your chiropractor, who will explain your treatment programme to you.

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What is the popping noise of the adjustment?

When the two surfaces of a joint are moved apart rapidly, as happens in a chiropractic adjustment, there is a change of pressure within the joint space. This may sometimes cause a bubble of gas to 'pop' - but this sound is not significant, and does not hurt.

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Have I got a 'trapped nerve' or a 'slipped disc'?

These are common, general terms used to describe a multitude of conditions. Your chiropractor will make a more specific diagnosis and explain your condition to you.

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Will treatment hurt?

Manipulation, when carried out correctly by a qualified chiropractor practitioner, is not painful. If you have acute muscle spasm, when even the lightest touch hurts, there may be some discomfort. Sometimes, if you have had a problem for some time, you may feel sore whilst your body starts to adjust. Your chiropractor will tell you if this is likely to happen.

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Are all patients adjusted in the same way?

No. Your chiropractic treatment programme will be tailored to your specific needs

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What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?

There are differences in technique and approach, as well as some similarities. The important factor is that the practitioner is well-qualified. Both professions now have statutory regulation.

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How are chiropractors trained and qualified?

 It takes at least four years of full-time undergraduate study to become a chiropractor. In the UK this takes place at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) affiliated to Bournemouth University, or the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC) at Glamorgan University. After successful completion of either an MSc or MChiro (Master of Chiropractic) degree, chiropractors can then undertake a further year training in the form of the College of Chiropractors PRT scheme providing postgraduate training in chiropractic. All our chiropractors in our Bristol and Bath clinics are registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) the largest association for the profession in the UK, established since 1925. Only chiropractors fully trained at accredited institutions can become members of the BCA. All of our chiropractors in our Bristol and Bath clinics are qualified and trained to take and interpret x-rays where the clinical need arises.The Chiropractors Act received Royal Assent in July 1994. Resulting from this, the General Chiropractic Council was announced in January 1997. The GCC is responsible for setting standards of both education and conduct within the profession, and requires all chiropractors to be registered to practise legally in the UK.

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Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Even if I've already had surgery? Chiropractic is remarkably safe when treatment is carried out by a properly qualified chiropractor practitioner. Your chiropractor is trained to recognise conditions which require referral elsewhere, and can treat you even after surgery.

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Why should I return if I'm feeling fine?

Your chiropractor has treated you, so allowing your body to heal, but if you continue the lifestyle which caused the original condition, regular treatment should also continue.

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Can I adjust myself?

Is there anything wrong with me 'cracking' my neck or back myself? You cannot properly control an adjustment to yourself and your relief may only be temporary. If you feel you want to 'crack' your joints, it is because you need an adjustment. Consult your chiropractor!

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Is there scientific proof that chiropractic works?

  Yes. Particularly for pain of spinal origin. In September 1996 the Royal College of General Practitioners issued guidelines for GPs which recommend manipulative treatment within the first six weeks for patients with low back pain. They also state that the risks of manipulation are very low in skilled hands.

In May 2009, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), published new guidelines to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. NICE assessed the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of available treatments and one recommendation is to offer a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage. This treatment can be provided by our chiropractors.

On the 25th February 2010 Professor Gert Bronfort published a systematic review of best clinical evidence for the effectiveness of chiropractic. This confirms that our chiropractors can rightfully claim to be able to successfully assess and treat the following conditions: Back pain, neck pain, whiplash, headaches, migraine, shoulder problems, various extremity joint conditions, hip and knee osteoarthritis, myofascial pain syndrome (pain of muscular origin), and cervicogenic dizziness.  

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