All chiropractors’ practicing in the UK must be registered with the GCC (General Chiropractic Council). To do so they must have undertaken a minimum of 4-5 years of study at an accredited institution. Areas of study include: anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, orthopaedics, nutrition, diagnosis, radiology and pharmacology.
Chiropractors must also complete 30 hours of annual Continual Professional Development to remain up-to-date with their skills and knowledge.
Yes. Chiropractic care is very safe when performed by a registered Chiropractor. A thorough examination is essential for the Chiropractor to diagnose your condition and assess your needs. They will only adjust you if is appropriate to do so. If the Chiropractor believes your case is outside his/her scope of practice they will refer you to the appropriate medical professional.
When you are adjusted, dependent on the technique used, you may hear a popping sound. The popping sound is simply a release of gas when the joint is moved like popping your knuckle. It is NOT the bones cracking!
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient. This all depends on your presenting complaint, your health, your lifestyle habits and how well you have looked after yourself over the course of your life.
Some people come to chiropractic to help them get out of pain quickly (Relief Care). This usually doesn’t take too long. However, a lot of people utilise chiropractic in another way. They choose to have on going Wellness Care to enhance their health and prevent future damage. It is much easier and more beneficial for the body to maintain wellbeing rather than to try and fix it when something goes wrong. The Chiropractor will give you a schedule of recommended care but it is always your decision as to how long you wish to benefit from chiropractic care.
If you require x-rays you will be referred to a local x-ray service. The x-rays will then be reviewed and analysed by a Radiologist and your Chiropractor. Your x-ray results will be discussed at your Report of Findings visit.
Once the Chiropractor has performed a thorough examination, they will need some time to analyse your examination results and x-rays (if required). Based on the results of your examination, they will then put together an appropriate treatment plan for you. During your Report of Findings visit you will sit down with the Chiropractor and discuss your examination results and your recommended treatment plan. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have.
No, you do not need to be referred by your GP. A GP will often refer patients to a chiropractor and vice versa if required.
Please check with your GP to see if your local Primary Care Trust has funding for chiropractic treatment. In May 2009, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognised chiropractic as a treatment for low back pain. NICE recommended “offering a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, comprising up to a maximum of nine sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks”
NICE provides guidance to the NHS, sets quality standards and manages a national database to improve people's health and prevent and treat ill health.
In most cases health care insurance providers cover chiropractic care. Some providers may also require a referral from a GP to claim. We recommend that you contact your insurance company to check your level of cover. You are required to pay for your treatment and then make your claim directly with your insurer. Please advise us when making your appointment if you will be claiming on insurance.