How do I know if Chiropractic will help me?
Chiropractic is suitable for all age ranges and able to help a wide range of conditions. If you have any questions before you have a consultation about your symptoms or want to know more about how we may be able to help you, please feel free to telephone our reception to book a “free screening” with one of our Chiropractors. This provides an opportunity to discuss your individual case one to one. There is no charge for this service, just 15 minutes of your time.
Do I need to see my GP before I see a Chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners, so you do not need to be referred by your GP before you attend for your first visit with us. We will only contact your GP to inform them of your progress with treatment with your permission.
In 1994 The Clinical Standards Advisory Group stated that there should be earlier access to manipulative therapies. This lead to the development of guidelines for GPs by the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1996 that recommend prompt manipulative treatment such as Chiropractic for patients with low back pain within six weeks of symptoms.
How much treatment will I need?
We feel that it is vital to treat each patient as an individual, the amount of treatment required for each case can be very varied. If you have had the problem for some time and it is severe, more treatments may be needed. Your Chiropractor will be able to give you an idea after your consultation, but to achieve optimum results a course of treatment is usually required, and check up visits are often very effective at preventing the problem from reoccurring. The average number of treatments is six visits.
How much will the treatment cost?
- Initial Chiropractic Consultation £15
- Treatment £36
- Child Treatment (Under 16s) £25
- Report of our findings - Free
- Ultrasound Fee £25
- X-rays £40 per series
Will the treatment hurt?
When there is muscle spasm around a stiff joint, and the area has not been treated for a long time, it can be quite normal to experience some aching or stiffness after treatment. This will soon ease as your body begins to adjust and function is improved. Your Chiropractor will be able to advise you what to expect as an individual and how to manage any reaction.
Will I have to have time off work to get to my appointments?
No, we appreciate that our patients have a number of work and family commitments, so we are able to help your continuity of care by offering evening appointments until 7.00pm during the week and a weekend clinic on Saturday mornings.
What is the difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy?
The main difference is that Chiropractors are able to take and interpret X-rays. For this reason, the use of X-rays in Chiropractic practice is more widespread. Osteopaths may treat using more soft tissue work and joint mobilisation. There are many similarities between the two professions, and the most important factor is that you as a patient are comfortable with the technique used and your practitioner.
What conditions do we treat?
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Neck injuries/whiplash Associated Disorders
- Low back pain
- Sports injuries
- Frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis and tennis elbow
- Musculoskeletal effects of pregnancy
- Hip and knee osteoarthritis/wear and tear
Why would I come for an appointment, even though I'm not in any pain?
Even though you may not be experiencing any pain, it is important to “service your spine”. Like a telephone network, your spinal cord delivers messages from your brain to your body through the nervous system. The vertebrae- the bones of your spine- provide protection for this vital part of your body. As you go through life, a loss of proper function (movement) in the vertebrae may interfere with the healthy working of your spine and the nerves that run through it. This may affect your body’s natural ability to recover from injury and you may find yourself increasingly unwell, unable to shake off apparently minor aches, pains and even some illnesses.
Loss of joint movement could be due to the daily wear and tear of life or as a result of things such as sporting injuries, workplace discomfort, stress, poor posture, accident or pregnancy.
Don’t wait for problems to start, see your BCA Chiropractor to keep your body in check.
A BCA Chiropractor will carry out a full examination (which may include an X-ray) and take a thorough history before advising an appropriate treatment programme for you. Treatment consists of specific adjustments done by hand to free stiff joints and reduce spinal nerve irritation. Your Chiropractor may also recommend ice, massage and discuss factors such as lifestyle, exercise and work to help manage each patient as an individual.
Can I use my health insurance to pay for my treatment?
The majority of health insurers now cover chiropractic care. Some insurers do require a referral letter from your GP before treatment commences.
The amount of treatment covered depends on your policy, so check with your insurance company first