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Chiropractic FAQs 

Frequently asked questions 

What Will Happen When I See A Chiropractor? 

When you see one of our Chiropractors, you will be given a full and thorough examination, this is to enable them to get all the information they need from you. The initial visit will include a full medical history, including your presenting complaint and your lifestyle history. A thorough physical examination will be performed including orthopedic and neurological tests. 

What Training Do Chiropractors Undergo? 

All British Chiropractic Association Chiropractors have undergone a minimum of a four year, full-time, internationally accredited degree course. Studies include the medical sciences, clinical diagnostic skills. Orthopedic and neurological testing, taking and reading of x-rays. They are also trained to have a complete repertoire of chiropractic adjustment methods to suit the varied needs of patients and treat the whole range of musculoskeletal conditions. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is now a statutory requirement, monitored by the General Chiropractic Council. 

Will I Need X-Rays? 

Chiropractors are trained to take and read x-rays, and each case is judged on an individual basis as to whether or not an x-ray or any other testing procedure is necessary. 

Is Chiropractic Safe? 

Chiropractic is safe and has far fewer risks than many other treatments including anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers. Serious side effects of Chiropractic are very rare but of course your Chiropractor will discuss this with you prior to your treatment. 

How Many Treatments Will I Need? 

Your recovery will be influenced by many factors such as age, lifestyle, type of problem, and all these factors need to be taken into account. At your Report of Findings, your Chiropractor will tell you about the result of your Initial Consultation, they will explain how many treatments you are likely to need and the likely time scales. 

Does Treatment Hurt? 

Adjustments when performed by a qualified practitioner are not generally painful, but of course if you are experiencing a lot of muscle spasm and acute pain even the gentlest of touches can be painful, so there may be some discomfort. Some people do experience some discomfort after their first few treatments but of course our Chiropractor will use their years of experience to ensure this is as minimal as possible. 

Can I "Crack" My Own Back? 

We would definitely not advise this! You cannot properly control the forces involved and when you click your own joints you are unlikely to make the problem better and possibly doing more damage. Even our Chiropractors who are skilled in performing adjustments do not adjust themselves. If you feel like you need to click your joints you probably need to see your Chiropractor. 

Are Chiropractors Doctors? 

All Chiropractors must complete a 4 or 5 yr full-time degree programme to qualify as a Chiropractor. Following qualification, they are given the courtesy title 'Dr'. They are not a medical doctor, they are a doctor of Chiropractic. 

What is Chiropractic? 

In accordance with CAP: 'Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. It emphasises manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation, and includes exercises and health and lifestyle counselling.' (Information from the advertising standards agency website) 

What Training Do Chiropractors Undergo? 

In order for Chiropractors to practice in the United Kingdom, they have to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council. 
The General Chiropractic Council is the governing body of the profession, ensuring that all Chiropractors have met academic and professional achievements and standards. (GCC website) 
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