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I had my first treatment today and now I’m feeling sore – What’s wrong and what can I do about it?
It is perfectly natural to feel sore after a treatment – Joints and muscles have been moved which haven’t moved for a while. The feeling is not dissimilar to that felt after not having been to the gym for a while and then going, or after the first game of the season. Ice packs will usually provide relief, and response to treatments will always settle within 24-48 hours. Any further concerns please contact your practitioner.

My chiropractor / Osteopath gave me some exercises to do but I’m unsure how to do them.
If you are unsure how to do the exercises given by your practitioner, rather than doing them incorrectly and running the risk of aggravating your problem, leave them off and discuss/check with your practitioner next time you see them.

I’m thinking about stopping my care plan as I don’t feel any better.
Because everyone is individual, a few get instant results from treatment. Most get the results as expected from the treatment plan. Occasionally some take longer for their body to fully benefit from the treatments. If you are unhappy with your progress, before stopping care and undoing the good that has already begun and wasting the time and money you have already invested, ring up the centre and ask to speak to the practitioner or organise for a longer appointment with your practitioner so you can discuss your concerns with them.

My back / neck started hurting today, what should I do?
Ice packs are usually recommended for most new problems to bring the swelling down. Also it is generally advisable (where possible) to keep mobile, but this very much depends on exactly what you have done. Ring up your local practitioner and ask some advice as soon as possible.

My friend has been in pain for years, could a Chiropractor / Osteopath help?
We can help a whole host of problems, both new and old. Get your friend to contact their local centre to discuss their individual case.

I have heard that Chiropractors and Osteopaths “Adjust” clients – exactly what do they do?
There are many different techniques that can be used to perform an adjustment. Usually this is done using their hands and own body strength to apply a brief pressure onto joints that have been locked up to allow them to return to their natural positions, thus allowing the surrounding area to stabilize and heal.

Is treatment available on the NHS?
Some GPs are able to purchase treatment for their client on the NHS. Some health insurance companies will pay for a small amount of treatment.

How long will my visits take?
The first consultation takes about ¾ hour, and a treatment session is about 10 minutes. This will vary according to your condition and your needs.

What can I expect on my first visit?
The session begins by taking a full case history and performing a full examination on you. If X-rays are necessary to assist the diagnosis they will be done during the consultation. If the practitioner identifies an underlying condition for which treatment is not appropriate, you will be referred to your GP or another specialist who is better equipped to help.
As well as using manipulation, your practitioner may use ice or heat treatment, and other techniques. Firstly, explaining how they work in depth.
our Practitioners do not prescribe drugs or use surgical procedures.

How long will it take to get better?
Your recovery is dependent on many factors. These include – 1) The nature of the problem. 2) The length of time you have had it, and 3) Your own commitment to any rehabilitative exercises. Your Chiropractor or Osteopath will also recommend maintenance visits to minimise the risk of reoccurrence.

How often do I need to come for treatment?
This is decided on a case-by-case basis. It is important to keep your appointments and make regular visits, as each treatment builds on the previous. Your practitioner will discuss this and will explain your treatment programme to you.

What is the popping noise of the adjustment?
When two surfaces of a joint are moved apart rapidly, there is a change of pressure within the joint space. This may sometimes cause a bubble of gas to ‘pop’. This occurs during an adjustment. The sound is not always audible, and is not painful.

Is treatment painful?
Manipulation, when carried out correctly by a qualified practitioner, is not painful. If you have acute muscle spasm, when even the lightest touch hurts, you may suffer some discomfort. After the treatment you may feel sore whilst your body starts to adjust. This feeling is not dissimilar to that felt after doing a sport you haven’t done for a while. Your practitioner will tell you if this is likely to happen.

Is the treatment you receive the same for all clients?
No. Treatment varies depending on specific needs.

What are the aims of Chiropractic or Osteopathic care?
There are three main aims of care. (1) To get you out of pain. (2) To strengthen, and rehabilitate your spine. (3) To maintain good health within the spine.

Why should I have maintenance care once I feel fine?
Your practitioner has treated you, so allowing your body to heal, but if you continue the lifestyle that helped cause the original condition there is a high chance of reoccurrence. Regular treatment can minimise this chance, and should continue to help you maintain good health.

Is Chiropractic and Osteopathy just for those in pain?
No. The strength of treatment is that it can be used to help prevent discomfort, pain and even disease, as well as treat those already in pain. It is suitable for everyone. It is entirely appropriate to visit a Chiropractor or Osteopath even if you have no pain, as restrictions in movement can often be detected before symptoms appear.

Chiropractic and Osteopathy – Any difference?
Chiropractors and Osteopaths use different techniques and approaches. However, there are some similarities as well. The important factor is that the practitioner is well qualified. Both professions now have statutory regulation to ensure all registered practitioners have the relevant training to do the job safely.

Is Chiropractic or Osteopathic treatment safe, even if I’ve already had surgery?
Treatment is safe when a properly qualified practitioner carries out treatment. All our Practitioners are trained to recognise conditions which require referral elsewhere, and can treat you even after surgery.

Who are the General Chiropractic Council?
This is the statutory regulator for the profession. They work similarly to the General Medical Council. They provide a register of Practitioners that are properly qualified. They ensure that high standards of conduct, practice, education, and training are maintained. These are the people to approach with any issues you have with your Practitioner, which cannot be resolved within the centre’s complaints system. General Chiropractic Council

Who are the General Osteopathic Council?
This is the statutory regulator for the profession. They work similarly to the General Medical Council. They provide a register of Practitioners that are properly qualified. They ensure that high standards of conduct, practice, education, and training are maintained. These are the people to approach with any issues you have with your Practitioner, which cannot be resolved within the centre’s complaints system. General Osteopathic Council

What is the British Chiropractic Association?
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA Website) is the largest and longest-established association for chiropractors in the UK, representing 70% of internationally accredited UK Chiropractors.
All members have undergone a minimum of a four-year full-time internationally accredited degree course and are registered with the General Chiropractic Council, the UK’s statutory regulator for the profession.

What is the Institute of Osteopathy?
The Institute of Osteopathy (Website) is the UK’s leading professional membership organisation for osteopaths. The purpose of the institute is to unite, promote, develop and support the osteopathic profession, for the improvement of public health and patient care. All members  are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, the UK’s statutory regulator for the profession.

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