Who can have Chiropractic?

All ages! AChiropractor welcomes families and sees a wide range of individuals.  From Pregnancy to Newborn through childhood, athletes to the elderly, Chiropractic care is beneficial for all generations, abilities and fitness levels.

What can we help to treat?

Contrary to popular belief Chiropractic does not just treat back pain, neck pain and headaches. 

 In practice, we commonly help patients with:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Frozen shoulder, shoulder or elbow pain
  • Prevention of migraine
  • Headaches arising from the neck
  • Dance/Sporting/Work related aches and pains (joints, muscle spasms, cramps)
  • Hip, knee, ankle pain
  • Back pain in pregnancy / Musculoskeletal issues in infancy
  • Arthritic and other joint problems
  • Assistance with strengthening and specific rehabilitation exercises

However, many consult Chiropractors regarding a very wide variety of issues, so feel free to contact with any queries.

What does treatment involve?

Your treatment will be specifically tailored to you, a thorough health history and physical examination is always performed prior to any treatment. 

Chiropractic is a non-invasive intervention and does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery. 

Treatment is designed to improve the function, range of motion and mobility of the joints, to decrease pain and muscle spasm.  

Treatment consists of a wide range of manual limb and spinal manipulation/mobilisation techniques or 'Chiropractic Adjustments', along with specific healing deep tissue massage, muscle release techniques and stretches.    

Frequently an assessment of your exercise regime is done to ensure you are not causing further injury along with discussion and prescription of new exercises; or advice on how to improve on your existing ones.

Nutrition, lifestyle and ergonomic advice is also discussed with you to identify where any positive changes can be made.

We may discuss prescription of medical orthotics where indicated.  

Any technique/intervention used will first be discussed with you and will be tailored to individual need and comfort and to address specific problems appropriately. 

What is a chiropractic adjustment/manipulation?

Adjustments/manipulations involve applying gentle and specific thrusts/impulses to stiff or restricted joints.  This can provide instant relief and help to restore normal function, pain free and improved range of motion along with a reflex relaxation of surrounding tight muscles.  

During your adjustments you may feel or hear a "click" or "pop", this is normal and for purposes of comparison, similar to opening a bottle of champagne!

The "click" or "pop" indicates a bubble of gas which forms due to pressure changes within the fluid surrounding the joint, when it is stretched. 

Are there any risks and does treatment hurt?

Chiropractic treatment is a very safe and effective intervention and serious side effects are uncommon.

Treatment does not generally hurt, but commonly as with any intervention there are risks and benefits, which will be discussed with every patient.  For example, it is not uncommon to feel some post treatment soreness.  

Some patients report an instant feeling of relief or feeling easier, some feel sleepy and a little tender, every individual responds differently as your body will be making adjustments, settling and healing with every treatment.  

The aforementioned reactions are all completely normal and any discomfort should settle in short time.  

Advice on how to reduce a post treatment reaction, if it occurs, is discussed with each patient and always considered before decisions are made.  

Patients often report more tenderness at the beginning of the treatment program where treatment may feel new, intense and frequent but as your condition starts to settle and improve it is commonplace to require less frequent treatment.  Once feeling better, patients often decide to attend for maintenance check-ups every couple of months or so.  This is discussed with each individual to design an appropriate treatment plan.

In order to help to speed along the healing process and make the most of your Chiropractic treatment, it is important to follow the advice of your Chiropractor.  Your health, habits and lifestyle are ultimately in your hands and we recommend taking as much ownership of this as possible, in order to help prevent re-injury and illness, we can help you and advise along the way!  

What happens on my first visit?

Prior to your visit, a health history form will be emailed to you, which you will need to complete in good time prior to your consultation, this is submitted directly to your chiropractor.

When you arrive at the practice, your history will be further discussed with your chiropractor, followed by a physical examination (we will need to assess you, which is difficult with full clothing on, so please wear comfortable and appropriate underwear/exercise clothing on each visit.  Gowns and shorts are provided, if required).

Your Chiropractor will then give you a report of their findings and an appropriate diagnosis, treatment and management programme, if indicated on this first visit.

If you require further investigation, for example x-ray, MRI or blood tests, or if your condition would benefit from referral to a different specialist, we will discuss with you your options 

What products do you use on the skin?

At AChiropractor we try wherever possible to use natural, organic and healing mediums on the skin, this helps to reduce the risk of any allergies.  

Regardless, do tell us of any allergies or intolerances just in case!

What are Orthotics?

Our Chiropractor may discuss with you the use of "orthotics" (insoles for your shoes) in support and alongside your chiropractic treatment.  Orthotics are designed to assist you in adapting to a neutral alignment (from the ground upwards).

An orthotic is a corrective external mechanical restraining and realigning device designed to reduce the effects of pronation (flat-feet) and supination (high-arch) and treat poor foot mechanics - it is a device that restores the natural shock absorbing qualities of the foot. 

In other words, it is a corrective device that changes the ground to suit the individual foot shape of the wearer in order to achieve alignment, control, comfort and support.  

Poor biomechanics, for example anatomical anomolies, mechanical foot problems, pronation, supination, leg length differences etc; can have a large knock-on effect on the rest of our kinetic chain (i.e. up throughout the body!).  

It is often a problem in our feet (our foundations), that may lead to uneven pressure and wear and tear over time.  This may be contributing to foot, ankle, knee, hip and back pain!

In many cases, simply adding this external support to your shoes may help in the prevention of those annoying and reoccuring injuries and painful episodes.  

At AChiropractor we use heat moulded orthotics, this allows us to custom make the supports to your individual prescription and mould the orthotics to you in a neutral alignment.  They are durable and are designed to be remouldable if changes need to be made over time.

What happens after treatment?

Do try to listen to and follow any advice given and always make sure to ask any questions if you do not understand or need anything clarified.

We do encourage you to take as much responsibility for your recovery where possible.  This may include making some ergonomic/dietary changes and following any rehabilitation exercises.  This will help you lead a healthier and preventative lifestyle in the long run, not just relief for this particular episode (we don't want you to keep getting to crisis point and experiencing the same problem over and over)!  

Together we will try to come up with ways for you to continue to do all the things you need to remain independent without risking injury.  If performing an exercise causes you pain, please stop and let us know so we can help to  devise a suitable alternative.

Your recovery will depend on many factors, including the length of time you have been experiencing problems.  Some patients seek chiropractic treatment on a regular basis to help support and maintain a level of comfort and symptomatic relief when they may have a progressive or unresolving condition.  For others, we may recommend a check up every few months.  

There is no obligation at any stage to continue your treatment and all questions and concerns will be discussed to ensure that you are happy with the treatment programme prescribed.

Cancellation policy and Can I pay in advance?

We ask that you please respect your appointment slot and let the practice know at least 2 working days notice prior to the appointment (where possible) if you need to reschedule, otherwise a charge may be incurred.  As a small practice, we hope you understand that we need to be able to reallocate your appointment with as much notice, if you cannot make it.

Yes you can pay in advance, please ask us and we can arrange this for you.  We can provide receipts or a statement for you to supply your health insurance company.  

Please be sure to check that your insurance company will cover the cost of your chiropractic treatment.