- Chiropractors just treat backs – don’t they?
It is quite true that Chiropractors are considered experts in treating bad backs and so a high percentage of patients that come to see us are suffering with pains in the neck, mid back and lower back regions. However, Chiropractors do far more than just ‘bad backs’. Chiropractors diagnose and treat all manner of aches and pains all over the body from head to toe e.g. Headaches, painful shoulders, elbow pains, sporting injuries and arthritic pains. If you are unsure if you should come to see us for your particular problem then why not give us a call on 01332 224820 and ask (with no obligation) to speak to one of the Chiropractors first. You can rest assured you will not feel pressurised into making an appointment by us, we promise to give you honest advice as to the best course of action. If you are still unsure if it will ‘work’ for you then for your peace of mind don’t forget we also offer you a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee.
- Chiropractors only ‘crack’ joints – don’t they?
No! This is probably the most common misconception about Chiropractic treatment by the public and the medical profession alike. Chiropractors are trained in numerous different treatment techniques. The decision to use a specific technique or a group of techniques for your problem is dependent on taking account of numerous factors such as:-
- A persons age – Chiropractic is suitable for every age group – children to the centenarians.
- Pain levels.
- The nature of the problem.
- The presence or absence of arthritic changes in an area.
- Previous surgery in an area.
- Medications you may be taking. Warfarin for instance could mean that you would bruise more easily and so deep massage techniques may not be appropriate. Long term steroid use for asthma or arthritic conditions could make your bones more brittle and so may be better suited to specific mobilisation techniques.
- The patient’s personal preferences. If you do not want to have a specific treatment type e.g manipulation (even if it would get you better faster) we can discuss what options you have from our repertoire of other techniques.
Our aim is to get you better in the shortest period of time. For spines this often does involve manipulation techniques which can produce popping or clicking noises from the joints. For sporting injuries the treatment given may well be indistinguishable from an approach by a Sports Physiotherapist and involve solely deep tissue massage and rehabilitation exercises, both in the clinic and at home.
- What will happen on this initial consultation?
You will need to set aside about an hour of your time for the initial consultation. You will be asked to come 15-20 minutes before your allotted consultation time in order to complete the necessary paperwork (consent, past medical history form, etc). The Chiropractor will personally collect you from reception the take you to his consulting room.
- What do I need to wear?
Come in your normal clothes. If you do need to get changed gowns will be provided. At the end of the initial consultation we advise you if on subsequent visits if you will need change into a gown or whether for instance we could treat you without having to get fully changed.
- Will I be treated on the initial consultation?
The initial consultation’s purpose is to gather as much clinical information as possible about the cause(s) of your problems, so that the right treatment or course of action can be decided upon. If time permits (and if it’s appropriate) you will be treated at this visit. If this is not the case, you will be given advice on how you can start to minimise the pain severity and asked to return to start treatment within the next day or so.
- How many treatments will I need? I am worried about the costs
Even very painful conditions that have been there a while can sometimes require just a couple of treatments to get you back up and running again, but on average the cost of a course of treatment is usually less than the cost of having a car serviced – and we are not talking about a Ferrari! Analysing our treatment number data reveals the typical cost breakdown. Click the link to see the cost for the average patient.
- Can someone come in with me?
Of course! You can bring anyone into the room for moral support having ‘4 ears’ are better than 2 anyway! Partners and friends will remember things that you may not, so feel free to bring someone along.
Treatment outcome questions
- What if it does not ‘work’ or I’ve seen a Chiropractor/Osteopath/Physio before and it didn’t work
Not all therapists have same levels of expertise and experience. Ask yourself this simple question, if your trusted local garage could not find that annoying fault with your car and fix it, would you then assume that all garages are the same and not take it to another garage? The simple answer to that is of course ‘no’ you would take it to another garage to get it looked at by a fresh pair of eyes.
With this in mind why would you assume then if a treatment had not worked for you in the past that it would always fail to work for every new problem – it just does not make sense does it? Don’t forget we offer you a 100% money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by coming in to see us.
- I am worried the treatment will hurt or make me worse
Our aim is not to make you more painful but to make you feel better! It’s quite normal to feel a bit sore and achy after treatment in the same way as you would if you had not been exercising for a while, the day after a new exercise routine you are always more stiff and achy. After subsequent sessions you have very little reaction even if you exercise harder. Treatment is much the same, if you do feel sore – and remember many people simply feel better! – this typically lasts no more than 24 hours and after the first visit it is much less common to feel any stiffness or pains as a result of the treatment.
For those of you that are really struggling with their pains, be reassured we do not go at you like a ‘bull in a china shop’. The variety of techniques we have at our disposal means that we can treat you with varying levels of intensity whilst still gaining results – using firmer techniques later when your body is more able to tolerate them. Occasionally for those of you who are in so much pain that treatment on the initial consultation is not in your best interests, we will advise you to go home and follow our strict advice and home exercises to help reduce inflammation and pain to then return in a day or so to start the hands on treatment.
- I am pregnant/old is Chiropractic treatment still safe?
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for children to the very elderly. Our Chiropractors do treat children right up to nonagenarians and contrary to some people’s perception, also being pregnant and having Chiropractic treatment has not been shown to be dangerous.
- Will my private health insurance policy pay for my treatment?
Our Chiropractors are registered providers with all insurance groups not just the big four of BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA and Standard Life. To read more about how to make a insurance claim for your Chiropractic treatment use this link
- How do I pay for treatment?
The clinic accepts a variety of cards,cash and cheques. Settlement for your consultation and treatments is made with the receptionist. Unfortunately we do not cater for personal accounts.
- How much training do Chiropractors do?
It may surprise you but Chiropractors do a very similar number of training hours to your doctor to get their medical degrees! To see a direct comparison of the two professions use this link – Doctor and Chiropractic training comparison
- Is Chiropractic available on the NHS via my GP?
Despite a growing body of research evidence that has demonstrated the effectiveness of Chiropractic (manual treatments) for the treatment of many mechanical pains, it is not widely available on the NHS. This is despite for instance – NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Evidence which recommends the best treatment methods to the NHS) recommending that manipulation as carried out by Chiropractors ought to be one of the treatment options for low back pain. Unfortunately a recommendation is not the same as a mandate.
- What is the difference between a Chiropractor Osteopath and a Physiotherapist
Chiropractic Vs Osteopathy
If you want to get bogged down in details about philosophies (and we say don’t bother going there!) there really isn’t enough difference to significantly separate the professions which may come as a surprise to you. Both professions have statutory regulation, both have similar training. There are urban myths about how Osteopaths work more on muscles and manipulate less and Chiropractors manipulate more and do less work with the muscles. This is in our opinion wrong. As for manipulative techniques there are some differences but we feel they are just different ways of achieving the same result; who is to say which is best? There has never been any research into this.
Look, a great clinician treats you as an individual. After taking into account what he/she has learnt about your general health, the nature of your problem, what has been gleaned from a physical examination etc etc you deserve to receive a package of care that is tailored specifically to you. Our advice is don’t get hung up on which profession is right for your problem but go with the individual(s) and practice that inspires you the most.
Chiropractic Vs Physiotherapy
In comparison to a Physiotherapist, as a general rule Physiotherapists do not use hands on manipulation to anything like the extent that Chiropractors do. Physiotherapy is often an exercise based treatment programme and to quote a Physio I spoke to at a conference a while ago “Physiotherapy is something you do, not something that is done to you” – and this probably epitomises the difference.
Chiropractors ‘do things to you’ and get you to do exercises in your own time, rather than go through sets of exercises as the predominant method of treatment in the clinic setting. Having said that of course there are Physiotherapist who work very much like Chiropractors and vice versa.
The main thing to remember is if Osteopathy or Physiotherapy has not ‘worked for you’ then please do not assume that Chiropractic is just the same and will produce the same lack of results. For your reassurance don’t forget we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by coming to see us!
- Do Doctors always know what is the best treatment for your mechanical pains?
GP’s do have knowledge and experience helping mechanical pains but few have the knowledge base to know the ins and outs about treating and correcting pains using manual treatments as they usually use pharmacology to help you i.e. painkillers and anti-inflammatories for instance. Simply we are specialists in different fields, think of your body like a car – Chiropractors specialise in tuning up your engine (e.g. mechanical pains) and Doctors specialise looking at your fuel (e.g. heart, blood pressure, diabetes, stomachs).
Very few GP’s are trained in manipulative treatments and so very few are in the same position as Chiropractors in being able to decide when you can use manual treatments and which ones, and when you ought not to. The differences in our training reflects this as both professions spend different lengths of times on certain subjects. See Doctor and Chiropractic training comparison
- My Doctor said not to see a Chiropractor
It has been our experience over the years that a Doctor may advise against seeing a Chiropractor for aches and pains. The reason behind this may be because they are misinformed about our depth of training and scope of practice. For example:-
- What conditions we can/cannot treat and help.
- How we treat them – what techniques we have at our disposal, and
- Our knowledge and training and therefore our ability to differentiate between what is suitable for treatment and what is not.
It’s possible you may have another ‘medical’ condition e.g. pregnancy or perhaps osteoporosis for instance. Your GP may have advised you against seeking Chiropractic care for an ache or pain thinking that the treatment may be detrimental in some way to the pre-existing medical condition. There are pre-existing medical conditions where Chiropractic treatment would not be advisable however, in our experience, these are in the minority when compared to the vast array of conditions which patients may have but which in fact have no bearing on whether chiropractic treatment is safe.
If you would like to hear a Chiropractors perspective then why not give us a call and have a chat personally with one of our Chiropractors? You will be under no obligation to come in and will not be pressured into making an appointment. We will always give you honest impartial advice as to your best course of action – even if this is not to come in.
Some patients are under the misapprehension that just because they have had cancer in the past that a pain in a nerve, joint, muscle or bone is caused by that cancer spreading (unless there is evidence of this with blood tests and scans or specific symptoms consistent with this) – this does not have to be the case. You as a patient can have (and this is a common occurrence) more than one condition e.g. back pain caused by a mechanical back problem, and have had cancer of the colon in the past. This does not mean that we ignore the possibility that your back pains may be due to something other than mechanical pains, far from it. For each patient, each time they see us we consider whether the symptoms are of mechanical origin or medical origin. Where there is any doubt – from your history and examination – we would write to your Doctor and suggest clarification in the form of blood tests or scans or request tests privately depending on your preference.
To quote one of our old lecturers: “The patient has the right to have more than one problem causing their symptoms – but it does mean they do!”
- My Doctor said its arthritis and wear and tear and nothing can be done
If you have arthritis in an area where your pains are, it does not mean that the arthritis is responsible for the pain i.e. the arthritis could well be a Red Herring or the pain could be referred from another area. Or perhaps 40% of your pains (after we have examined you) in our opinion are caused by the arthritis. This could still give the potential to improve your pain and symptoms by up to 60%!
Rarely do we find that we are unable to help at all. Of course if you do see us and we feel that your pains are really down to the arthritis and can’t be helped (or something else) or a better solution would perhaps be surgery e.g. a new hip or spinal operation, or specific prescriptive medications, then of course we would advise you of this and make an appropriate referral. Rest assured we always act with honesty and integrity considering what is best for you not for our pockets.