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Chiropractic Treatment

Is it for me?

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can Chiropractic help me?

How many sessions will I need?

What conditions can Chiropractic help with?

What can I expect at my appointments?

How will I feel after treatment?

What if Chiropractic is not for me?

How can Chiropractic help me?

Chiropractic can help to maintain mobility, posture, relieve pain and promote health throughout life.

 

As we move about and get caught up in our own lives we tend to forget our bodies and learn to accept the pains, restrictions, decreased ranges of motions, stiffness and weaknesses that our bodies go through.

Your body really is amazing...no matter what it goes through it will constantly monitor, adapt and conform trying to correct itself to keep you in balance.

It does this usually through the path of least resistance, utilising nearby structures for support, to take the strain which is as expected initially. Over time, however, these corrections will sometimes create holding patterns within the body which can remain for years impacting further structures over time.

Chiropractic could help...we want to help you get back to what you love doing!

Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of conditions due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effect on the communication between your nervous system and body. This affects how you move about in your daily life.

Adjustments are made by hand to the joints of your spine and other areas of your body to improve mobility and relieve pain.

The McTimoney approach practiced here is a holistic, whole body approach. By using adjustments in a head to toe approach - treating the whole body and not just areas of immediate concern - the body is better able to heal itself. McTimoney uses fast, low impact adjustments which ensures it is a gentle and effective treatment to receive.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions varies depending on a number of factors including age, how long you've had this issue, your general level of fitness, stress levels, nutrition and lifestyle, what you do between sessions etc.

Typically we would expect between 2 to 6 sessions initially at weekly intervals then gradually we would space these out. If if is an acute issue we may like to see you more than once in the first couple of weeks. 

What conditions can chiropractic help with?

Some of the conditions we can help with:

Mechanical neck pain (not resulting from injury)

Back pain

Sciatica

Shoulder complaints

Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis (to complement core OA treatments)

Migraine prevention

Muscle spasms 

Generalised aches and pains

Inability to relax

Headaches resulting from the neck

What can I expect at my appointments?

Initial consultation: 60 - 80 minutes

I am here to listen and ask lots of questions about what brings you to see me. Please note some questions may seem irrelevant but they may help to make a connection. e.g. past injuries, procedures.

You complaint will be assessed and a medical history taken (please try to remember medications that you are on).

Orthopaedic and neurological tests will help to determine a working diagnosis as to the underlying cause.

Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Abdominal examinations may also take place if necessary. I will be happy to talk you through these.

If everything is okay to proceed, we would then discuss a recommended care plan and start your treatment, time permitting.

Follow up appointment: 15 - 30 minutes

As we start to see a change we may then decide to gradually space your appointments out.

It would be recommended that you come back for regular check-ups to keep your body functioning well and maintain any progress we have made.

 

Reassessment: 45 - 60 minutes

During your reassessment we will review some of the testing taken at the initial consultation.

You will also receive your regular treatment at this appointment.

We will check if we are still on track with your initial goals and perhaps make some new ones.  ​

Spine check: 10 -15 minutes

If you are unsure whether Chiropractic is for you and want to find out a little more, you are welcome to book in for an initial chat.

How will I feel after treatment?

During a plan of chiropractic care, you may feel some changes which is a sign that your body is responding to treatment. 

Some things you may feel following treatment:

  • Feeling better

  • Feeling worse before feeling better

  • Stiffness / soreness

  • Emotionally sensitive, including feeling tearful

  • Tiredness

  • Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness

You will be given some aftercare advice to help you to help following treatment.

What if Chiropractic is not for me?

Please note that where Chiropractic may not be suitable for your complaint, we can liaise with your GP and other health care providers, with your permission, to try to signpost you to the right place.