FAQ for Chiropractors

What is a chiropractor?

A practitioner of the system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints. (web Dictionary).

Chiropractors are primary health care professionals who focuson the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. A Chiropractor has received special training in manual adjustment techniques which they can use to adjust your spine and various other joints in the body, that may be causing health problems. This helps restore balance, address pain and optimise the flow of the nervous system improving mind-body communication.

What is chiropractic?

A system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are believed to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs. (Web dictionary)

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

The chiropractic adjustment is a procedure involving the use of the hands or small instruments to apply a controlled, sudden force to spinal and other joints in the body. The goal of the chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and your body’s physical function. (Mayo Clinic)

Will you crack my bones?

Yes we do and a lot of our clients love to call it ‘bone cracking’ and that’s how most people perceive it. However some clients prefer not to have the cracking and our highly trained chiropractors can use gentle techniques in this case and specialist equipment, to achieve the same end results.

The primary goal of the adjustment is to realign the body and this can be done with gentle techniques as well as deeper adjustments. The perceived ‘cracking’ is caused by nitrogen gas being released from between the joints, which releases pressure and helps realign the vertebrae and other joints. It’s completely safe like when someone cracks their knuckles per example, but in this case, it’s done in a more purposeful manner to help rebalance the body.

The cracking itself is actually not the purpose of the adjustments, simply a by-product. We also use softer techniques that will achieve the same result without cracking or cavitating as it’s known in the chiropractic world. Generally speaking, your bones will only be cracked ones they’ve been conditioned to do so, we may start with very gentle adjustments (no cracking) at first to build up towards some deeper adjustments at a later stage.

What services do you offer?

Our core services consist of advanced chiropractic care, through carefully delivered chiropractic adjustments to rebalance the body and promote postural correction. As part of this service, we also provide specific stretches and exercises to support the healing process.

We also offer a massage using a high grade luxury recliner chair.

Who are your chiropractic services for?

We provide care for people in all walks of life. Generally, however, our clients come to us because they are experiencing pain or muscular-skeletal and/or neurological imbalances. This can be at any age literally from a few weeks old babies to someone in their golden years, there is no age restriction.

If you experience pain it’s the body’s way of telling you that something is out of balance, something is dysfunctional. Typical issues clients present with are back pain, neck pain, whiplash, headaches, migraines, sciatica, and joint problems.

Some clients also see us because they want to improve and correct their posture and we help with this too, even if there is no pain currently.

What happens during chiropractic treatment?

“At your first appointment, the chiropractor will assess your symptoms to determine if chiropractic is suitable and what techniques are likely to help.

 

Chiropractors use different techniques to treat problems with the muscles and joints, including:

Spinal manipulation – using their hands to apply force to the muscles, bones, and joints in and around the spine

short, sharp thrusting movements

gradually moving your joints into different positions

pulling or stretching your muscles in different directions

Treatment isn’t normally painful, but some people experience a bit of discomfort. Tell your chiropractor immediately if you find it painful.

The General Chiropractic Council has a leaflet with more about what to expect when you see a chiropractor (PDF, 105kb).” (NHS.uk)

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

‘Treatment isn’t normally painful, but some people experience a bit of discomfort’ (NHS.uk)

The Chiropractor will generally advise on the use of heat and cold to minimize discomfort. In the same way that the body may experience discomfort after doing an exercise for the first time, the body may experience a similar sensation after the adjustment as mobility and range of motion are improved.

Where is the initial assessment done?

The initial 10-step chiropractic check-up, which usually lasts around 45 minutes, is done out our Richmond Hill Clinic. We have a private assessment room and dedicated x-ray room. All the tools, equipment and x-ray machine are thus on site. The environment is tranquil and conducive for performing the initial assessment comfortably.

Do you have an x-ray machine in the clinic?

Yes, we have a dedicated x-ray machine on site. Please note that x-rays will be taken if clinically required.

Are x-rays really necessary?

Only if clinically required. Our experienced chiropractor will conduct the 10-step initial assessment. The x-rays are part of that process, but only if clinically required. Where required the x-rays can add tremendous value by giving a level of insight otherwise not available.
There are cases where x-rays will not be taken regardless of requirements. This may be the case if you’ve had a lot of x-rays in the last 12 months or if you’re pregnant per example. You will never be asked to have x-rays done without prior consent and agreement. If the thought of having x-rays done concerns you please discuss it with your chiropractor during the initial visit.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

“Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body’s physical function.” (Mayo Clinic)

Please note that there are some cases where it’s not safe but the Chiropractor has been trained to identify this. There is a reason medical history and other measurements are part of the initial 10-step assessment.

What kind of training and qualifications do your chiropractors have?

In the UK and around the world they have to successfully complete a 4-6 year Master Degree in Chiropractic to become a qualified Chiropractor also referred to as Doctor In Chiropractic. Chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council to practice in the UK.

How much does chiropractic care cost?

That’s a really good question and one we get asked a lot. It is very different from person to person and depends on what you require and also on the type of results you want to achieve. We can give you a much clearer indication once we’ve conducted your initial assessment. Once we’ve completed our uniquely designed 10-step chiropractic check-up we’re in a better position to advise on a particular recommended course of action. One thing we can say is that our clients find we’re very competitively priced and that our care is affordable. We also work with some of the major health insurance providers which is one way some of our clients cover the treatment cost.

What days and times are you open for business?

Opening hours for the Clinic are as follows:

Monday               08:00 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 19:00

Tuesday               13:00 – 19:00

Wednesday          08:00 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 19:00

Thursday              13:00 – 19:00

Friday                   08:00 – 19:00

Saturday              08:00 – 14:00

Sunday                 Closed

How can I book my first visit?

You can use our dedicated booking line which is open 24/7. On our website there is also a booking page for the same purpose. 

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I need to change my appointment, how do I go about this?

We ask that you give us at least 24 hour’s notice. Simply call the clinic directly or if you’re calling out of hours please speak to our dedicated booking line who will assist you in this matter. Alternatively if you live nearby you can pop in to the clinic and simply tell us.

Do you offer telephone consultations?

Yes you can speak to our front desk who will answer most basic questions and assist you in booking your first visit. For a more in depth discussion please wait till the Initial 10-step chiropractic assessment has been completed so we can give a sensible answer in light of the results and the measurements.  

Do you work with health insurance providers?

Yes we have experience working with the leading health insurers such as: Bupa, Axa PPP, Vitality, Simply Health. 

Can chiropractors help with muscular issues?

Yes we can help. By getting the body realigned to an optimal position we allow the muscles to rebalance and heal. Also by removing nerve impingements the brain can communicate better with the body and activate and pre-activate your muscles more efficiently. There is a reason why top athletes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady use chiropractic to be on top of their game; it optimises the body for athletic performance. For the rest of us this simply means, that with the help of chiropractic we can go about our lives to do what we love most, and do it with less effort and more vitality. Chiropractic also helps prevent injuries. 

I have an MRI can I bring it with me to the check-up?

Please do, we love MRI’s where possible, as they provide additional insight not available otherwise. If you bring the MRI we may still do a stand-up x-ray, if clinically required, as the biomechanics of the body is different when standing under normal load bearing circumstances. That way we have a complete picture and the MRI will give us an even fully understanding. 

What’s the distance from the train station to your clinic?

About 0.7 miles. It’s a 15 minute walk.

What’s the parking situation?

Parking is available off-road in front of the clinic and past the clinic first left on Ellerker Gardens.

When’s best to make a telephone booking?

You can ring us anytime 24/7 on our dedicated telephone line +44 (0)20 8948 9102

Can anyone call themselves a Chiropractor?

“Chiropractic is a registered primary health care profession with in the UK and the title of ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law, marking it is a criminal offense for anyone to describe themselves as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). To be eligible for GCC registration, UK graduates must have successfully completed a GCC recognized university degree programme.” (University of South Wales)

Can you explain advanced chiropractic to me?

Advanced chiropractic develops as a result of extensive training and clinical first-hand experience. The precision of the adjustments and varying speeds help create change in the most effective manner to rebalance and promote the healing of the body. Our highly trained chiropractors have been privileged to receive training from some of the most experienced chiropractors in the world and work with some of the largest providers.

What can cause my spine to misalign?

Excessive stress, poor posture, bad work habits, slips, trips, falls, accidents and trauma are some of the more common causes. Some of these can put a tremendous amount of force into your structure quite suddenly, causing postural changes and misalignment. As the body is subjected to mechanical and other stresses in everyday life, the body may slowly develop imbalanced muscle tension and cause movement in the vertebrae of your spine, causing misalignment. This typically results in inflammation and possible pressure on the surrounding nerves, disrupted nerve communication, accelerated wear and tear in specific joints and probably nerve irritation and pain.

What do you mean by alignment?

Alignment means that the muscular-skeletal and nervous system are arranged in such a way that creates proper posture and improved function and brain-body communication. This encourages all the different parts of the body to work together to deliver higher performance and promote health.

In the spine specifically, this means that the vertebrae are facing the right direction, seated in a balanced position to encourage equal weight distribution.

From the front of or back of the body the spine wants to be in a central straight vertical line. From the side however the spine, comprised of the vertebrae and discs protecting the spinal cord, should have four curves within specific ranges to promote optimal health and act as a natural suspension system. From the side we should be able to draw a vertical from ankle to the knee, hip, shoulder and ear.

What is a subluxation?

“Chiropractors usually refer to “vertebral subluxation,” which describes a problem related to the position of the vertebra in the spine. Subluxation is defined in chiropractic as “a partial dislocation, or a slight misalignment, of the vertebrae of the spine.” (3) You can think of a vertebral subluxation as the small spinal bones being improperly positioned or experiencing abnormal motion.

According to chiropractic theory, subluxation is the root cause of many health problems, including digestive issues, headaches, and pain. This is because subluxations negatively impact many biomechanical and physiological processes. Vertebral subluxation is thought to interrupt normal nerve communications between the brain and the body. Spinal manipulations are therefore performed by chiropractors to help realign vertebra, improve the brain-body connection, facilitate communication between different systems in the body, and prevent functional loss.” (https://draxe.com/subluxation/)

In the spine specifically, this means that the vertebrae are facing the right direction, seated in a balanced position to encourage equal weight distribution.

From the front of or back of the body, the spine wants to be in a central straight vertical line. From the side, however, the spine, comprised of the vertebrae and discs protecting the spinal cord, should have four curves within specific ranges to promote optimal health and act as a natural suspension system. From the side, we should be able to draw a vertical from ankle to the knee, hip, shoulder and ear.

What is a misaligned vertebrae?

This would be a vertebrae that is not positioned in its optimal position. A misaligned vertebrae can contribute towards reduced mobility, nerve impingement and inflammation which may lead to stiffness and pain. Chiropractic care works on locating the misaligned vertebrae and bringing them back into alignment to promote healing, restore flow of the nerves, remove nerve impingement, allow proper movement of the joint.

What is measurement-based chiropractic?

This means that as much as is possible we base all our assessments and subsequent care around the measurements obtained during our initial assessment. We use a rigorous uniquely designed 10-step chiropractic assessment to measure and quantify the muscular-skeletal and neurological imbalances as much as possible. This provides us with some objective data we use to monitor and track the progress and direction of the care. We therefore base both the assessment, diagnosis and care around the measurements, hence the term measurement-based chiropractic.

How can you help my neck pain?

The short answer is we can. To read more about neck pain and how we deal with cases of neck pain please read our dedicated section.

How can you help my back pain?

The short answer is we can. To read more about back pain and how we deal with cases of back pain please read our dedicated section.

How can you help my headaches?

The short answer is we can. To read more about headaches and how we deal with cases of headaches please read our dedicated section.

How can you help my migraines?

The short answer is we can. To read more about migraines and how we deal with cases of migraines please read our dedicated section.