Chiropractic works to improve the body’s neuromuscular and skeletal functions thus promoting good health and well-being. Have a look under “treatments” for further information, but essentially it is a combination of soft tissue and bony manipulations to help loosen off muscles and joints as well as to improve the function of the nervous system reducing pain, stiffness and discomfort and making you feel better.
All Chiropractors have graduated following successfully completing a post graduate master’s degree in Chiropractic. Following on from that every Chiropractor is required by law to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and to attend a minimum of 30 hours continuing professional development (CPD) training. The focus of this CPD can be on whatever the Chiropractors particular interests are. Our particular Chiropractor has undergone additional training in Dry Needling, Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and rehabilitation.
All three types of practitioner treat similar conditions and in many ways, the techniques they use can resemble each other. In deed there may be a lot of “crossover” in a lot of cases but that all depends on the type of practitioner you see and on what additional training they have under gone, what techniques the individual has found to be more useful and compliment their own style of treatment. In that way Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physio’s can be very similar or they can be very different from one and other.
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners who have a holistic approach, focusing their treatment on improving motion and restoring balance to the body, nerves, joints and muscles using a wide range of quick and very effective techniques and adjustments. Through rehabilitation and specialist advice, Chiropractors also put an emphasis on well-being and reducing the likelihood of similar problems occurring in the future. In many cases, but not all, treatment may be centered around the spine and pelvis as these are where a large amount of the nervous system (the part of the body that controls everything) is located and where the most common site of irritation may occur. Chiropractors are also highly trained diagnosticians, utilising neurological, orthopedic and postural tests in formulating a diagnosis. To aid in this process, a Chiropractor is also trained to both take and read X-rays.
Osteopaths are also primary healthcare practitioners who are holistic in their approach. Their focus tends to be the vascular system (rather than the neurological system), muscles and joints. They tend to go through similar training to that of a Chiropractor but without the training in the use of X-Ray imaging.
Physiotherapists may or may not be primary healthcare practitioners (depending on whether you see one through the NHS or privately). They use both hands on and rehabilitation techniques. In the NHS, physiotherapists treat musculoskeletal problems that may be connected to problems with the cardiovascular or respiratory systems or the musculoskeletal system if the problem is biomechanical in nature.
Many types of medical examination require you to undress. Here at C2 Chiropractic we will go out of our way for this not to be needed. Having said that, on the very very rare occasion we may simply not be able to avoid it. If this is the case, then we will provide you with a fresh gown. In any event, we recommend that if possible you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes as well as sensible underwear.
Yes. If you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment. In many cases we would advise that you do bring a friend or family member as often they may think of additional questions to ask that you may not think of at the time.
Generally the answer is no, but some of the soft tissue techniques may cause some temporary discomfort. Your Chiropractor will explain exactly what to expect at the time and will never proceed with a technique without your permission. If at any point you are in pain, you should let the Chiropractor know. Following treatment it is common to feel a little sore or stiff. In some cases you may experience a mild head ache. These are all normal responses to treatment and are nothing to worry about as they usually resolve in a couple of days at most. In these cases, very often the Chiropractor has already given you advice on how best to deal and limit the affects.
No! Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners and as they are part of the private sector, anyone can book in. The one exception however, is if you have private health insurance and wish to make a claim. In a lot of cases you will need to see a GP for a referral so you can make your claim. We recommend that you speak to your insurance company to clarify their requirements and how much they are prepared to cover (in a lot of cases an insurance company will only cover you for part of your treatment and not the entire thing). They should supply you with an authorisation number. Once you have that then we will bill your insurer directly on your behalf.
Have a look at the Prices as the cost all depends on how old you are and if you want to take advantage of any of our discounted treatment packages. (Check us out on twitter as well, as we regularly run promotional campaigns and special limited time offers!) We will always keep the cost as low as possible but if you are having difficulties or are worried that you can’t afford treatment, please talk to us. We will always do our best to help you as your health is much more important to us and we always try our hardest to make sure that the cost of treatment is affordable and is never a limiting factor to you getting better.