Frequently Asked Questions

How many chiropractic sessions are recommended?

This depends on many factors. The number of visits needed to feel change varies from person to person depending on the individual’s health history, age, past injuries and lifestyle habits. Correction of long term problems may take longer than short term problems.

Some patients feel change immediately following a treatment and often say they feel lighter, can move more easily and sleep better at night. Some even feel instant pain relief, and comment that headaches immediately resolve. Others may not get changes or improvements until they have regular adjustments over a few weeks or months. Some may even feel problems shift to other areas as their body is healing. Some may feel no change at all but may comment that sleep, digestion or allergies have improved.

Getting chiropractic adjustments is a lifestyle choice. When the spine is checked regularly for subluxation then there are greater long term health benefits. You could compare regular visits to the chiropractor to exercising regularly or eating a healthy diet. If you do it more frequently then you will have more health benefits. If you get your spine checked less often then you can still benefit but poor spinal patterns will have more time to manifest and could result in underlying damage like osteoarthritis, wear and tear, and irreversible joint damage.

Prevention is better than cure. This is why, in our clinic, we encourage regular spinal maintenance to keep you healthy for life. In our clinic, maintaining your spine is not dependent on symptoms. We even see children who are pain free but who show early signs of joint damage and vertebral subluxation.

Is Chiropractic covered by private health insurance?

Yes, most insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP and HSA cover chiropractic care. Each individual’s policy will vary so check with your provider. You may need to get a referral from your GP before you start care. We accept payment at the time of service and will give you a receipt so you can claim back your payments for our chiropractic services.

Is chiropractic included in the NHS?

No, chiropractors are not part of the NHS or paid by the NHS. Our clinic is private. Our only means of income comes through our patient fees. Many public institutions including NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence, www.nice.org.uk ) recommend that GPs refer people to chiropractors because studies have determined it to be a more effective treatment for back pain and low back conditions than conventional therapies. (see NICE guidelines). However, chiropractic is not currently offered on the NHS. A review of the NICE guidelines can also be viewed at www.colchiro.org.uk/default.aspx?m=39&mi=202&ms=0

Will I need Xrays?

We will only refer you for xrays if clinically necessary. Xrays show a great deal of information about what’s going on with your spine, spinal misalignment, degeneration and what areas to focus on to maximize care to your nervous system. If we determine that you need an xray, then we will refer you to a local clinic. If you already have xrays, then bring in a photocopy of your xray report and a copy of your xrays (get a copy on a computer cd at your hospital).

Do I need to see a Chiropractor forever?

This is your  choice. Seeing a chiropractor is a healthy lifestyle habit. You can stop at anytime just like you can stop eating a good diet, or stop going to the gym to stay fit.

However, we want all of our practice members to stay healthy for life. This is why we encourage healthy choices throughout life. This means practicing healthy lifestyle habits like getting proper rest, having a good diet, regular exercise, maintaining a positive mental outlook and maintaining a health spine. If you continue with good habits for a lifetime then you are more likely to stay healthy for a lifetime!

If you feel great eating a healthy diet would you want to stop? If regular exercise makes you feel more energetic, strong and happy, would you want to discontinue? Once people achieve health, it makes sense to maintain it.

It is always up to you how much you want to benefit from chiropractic care. In our office, we educate our patients about the importance of keeping the spine in good alignment for a lifetime, not just when it hurts. This is why most of our patients come in to get to get their spines checked on a regular basis. The regularity varies according to each individual’s stress levels….  Some people with high physical workloads, like bricklayers and carpenters, come in once a week to be adjusted. Others with less physical stress come in once or twice a month to maintain health and prevent spinal problems.