Here you’ll find our commonly asked questions. Please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone, or send a message if you have further queries…
What is a Chiropractor?
A Chiropractor is a primary healthcare practitioner who has studied and qualified at a recognised college and be registered with the government body, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). The title “Chiropractor” is protected by law. It is a ciminal offence for anyone to call themselves a Chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. Every year Chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours further training to fulfill the continued professional development requirements and retain their name on the register of Chiropractors.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account. A recent report found Chiropractic care to be effective in the treatment of:
- Acute and chronic low back pain
- Acute and chronic neck pain
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Cervicogenic dizziness
- Extremity joint conditions
- Pregnancy care
- Some sports related injuries
If you have any queries about whether Chiropractic can help you, please contact the clinic.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first appointment will be the initial consultation and can last from 40 minutes to an hour. This is where we will go through a thorough history to fully understand your health status and goals that you would like to achieve with Chiropractic care. With your consent, we will then conduct a physical examination which assesses neurological and biomechanical function. In some cases, further diagnostic testing may be needed. Should this be the case, we will advise and refer you accordingly.
Report of findings
This visit is complimentary. Having thoroughly considered your case, we will go through and explain your results and outline a care plan to help you achieve your health goals. Every care plan is carefully tailored to each individual patient. Recommendations for frequency of care and the duration of the course will be made to achieve optimal results. Please feel free to ask any questions during this visit! It is important that you understand what we are working towards and how we will achieve it.
Once we have addressed any queries and if you decide to choose Chiropractic care, we can start and help you on your journey to recovery by giving you your first adjustment for which there will be a charge.
Each adjustment visit is typically scheduled for 20 minutes, however the time it takes to deliver the adjustments is short. A progress review will be scheduled at an appropriate time specific to your programme of care to monitor your recovery and health improvements along your healing journey. These appointments will be longer than the standard adjustment visit at no extra cost.
How many visits will I need?
Ultimately, this depends very much on your health goals and what you would like to achieve. Each person is different and the time it takes for you to heal varies greatly from person to person and circumstances. Usually, we see clients more frequently during their early stages of care, and then as the nervous system responds and stabilises and clients adopt the positive lifestyle changes we recommend, they see us a less frequently.
Why do you see Children and babies?
If you’ve ever followed a toddler or baby around for a day, you will notice how often they fall, bump themselves, trip up or knock into things. Its hard work being small, and all of this isn’t because they’re clumsy – they’re learning how to control their growing bodies! Practice makes perfect, and coordination is a skill involving the integration of many learned pathways in the brain. In fact, by the time a child reaches the age of 7 years of age, they will have fallen around 2500 times! For more information, click here.
At Active Family Chiropractic, we believe that its important to regularly check our childrens’ spine and nervous system to help reduce the impact these bumps can have on their structural and neurological function, supporting their optimal development.
Of course, it isn’t just children that we see – some babies can have a particularly hard time coming into the world. Forceps deliveries, C-sections, prolonged births or even very fast births can be very stressful for babies and they will often find a way to tell their parents that they’re not too happy – usually by crying, not feeding optimally, being unsettled and fussy or sleeping poorly. At Active Family Chiropractic, we’ve had specific post-graduate training in helping babies and children with some of these issues, with parents reporting an improvement of symptoms after care.
If you have any questions or you’d like to talk to our team about getting your child checked by our Chiropractors, contact the clinic. We offer a free 15 minute chat where you can ask as many questions as you want to help you decide if this is the right choice for you.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
Does it hurt?
The short answer is no. However, when patients come for care, often inflammation is present which can make things more sensitive. Occasionally patients may experience temporary aches and discomfort after an adjustment. This is, however, rare. Rest assured, we will adapt our care to suit your individual needs to provide the best outcome for you.
Chiropractors typically use their hands to deliver care in the form of an ‘adjustment’ – this is a light, specific and gentle manipulation to the affected area of the spine to encourage optimal function. We offer many different Chiropractic techniques and are expertly trained in providing you with the most comfortable care specifically to suit your needs. We have extensive experience in treating all ages from pregnant mums-to-be and their newborns, to children and the elderly – Chiropractic care is safe and effective for all ages!