What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a treatment method aimed at the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of complaints of the musculoskeletal system. The word chiropractic is derived from the Greek words; 'chiro' meaning 'hand' and 'praktikos' or 'prattein' meaning 'to do'. When translated, chiropractic means 'done by hand'.
Muscles, joints and nerves all work together to move your body, when they are not working together the way they should, it can lead to a build-up of stiffness, restriction and/or pain in the body. A chiropractor uses a variety of mild techniques to enable muscles, joints and nerves to do their job and to work together properly, so that you can move better with less or no pain.
What problems does a chiropractor treat?
Most of the complaints a chiropractor treats originate from the spine or pelvis, but a chiropractor is also trained to treat any other joint or muscle in the body; such as ankles, shoulders and even the jaw. At Bright Chiropractic we are also experienced in treating pregnant women, babies and children.
We use a variety of different treatment techniques, so that the treatment is tailored to each patient. We can therefore treat you even if you have underlying health conditions such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or hypermobility. You can receive chiropractic care at any age, your chiropractor will know how to adjust the techniques for each age group.
What happens during the initial consultation?
The first appointment is 45-60 minutes and consists of a full medical history, a physical examination, explanation of the treatment plan and, if possible, the first treatment.
Your chiropractor will start by asking questions about your current complaint and about your general health, such as medication and whether you have had surgery in the past.
Your chiropractor will then perform a comprehensive physical examination. For this examination, we may ask you to change into your underwear, if you prefer you can bring (sport) shorts to change into. After the examination, your chiropractor will discuss the findings and answer any questions you may have. We will then make a start with the first treatment.
Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment generally does not hurt. Occasionally treatment of the muscles can give some soreness, just as when you would have a massage. Your chiropractor will always explain what to expect before treatment begins.
After treatment, most patients will experience a reaction to treatment. This usually consists of a feeling of stiffness or soreness, occasionally the pain gets slightly worse before improving. Your chiropractor will always ask how you have responded to treatment, and make changes to the treatment plan if necessary.
What can I do myself?
The answer depends on the findings of the physical examination. Some conditions require temporary rest, but for most conditions it is better to keep moving. Your chiropractor will discuss what is best for you, and give you advice on what you can and cannot do.
How many treatments do I need?
Everybody and every complaint is different. The number of treatments you need depends on many factors such as, duration of the complaint and whether you have any underlying conditions. After the initial consultation, your chiropractor can give you an estimate of how many treatments you will need.
What is an adjustment, and why does it make a ‘popping’ sound?
When a chiropractor adjusts a joint, it can make a ‘popping’ or ‘cracking’ sound. Adjustments are used to increase the movement in the joint by applying a precise and quick stretch to the joint. During an adjustment the chiropractor applies pressure on the joint, creating a vacuum, the vacuum is then released by performing a quick stretch. During the release little gas bubbles in the cartilage of the joint pop, which makes the sound. You can compare it to opening a jar for the first time. An adjustment does not always produce the ‘popping’ sound, the aim is to improve the movement in the joint, the quick stretch does this, with or without sound.
Can you treat me when I don’t want to be adjusted?
Absolutely! There are many techniques a chiropractor can use, adjusting is just one of them. Please let your chiropractor know which techniques you feel comfortable with. Even (or especially) when this changes during your treatments.
From what age can I bring my baby?
Chiropractic care is for all ages, even the very little ones. Babies can come for treatment when they are just a few days old. The techniques used to treat babies are very different from the ones used for adults. The techniques used are very gentle and completely safe for your baby.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Both chiropractors and osteopaths are trained as health care practitioners. There will be an overlap in the kind of conditions they treat. The most important consideration when choosing a chiropractor or an osteopath is to ensure they are a member of a professional body, where they are regulated and insured. Bright Chiropractic chiropractors are members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) and the regulatory body the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
The main difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath is the techniques they use during treatment; chiropractors tend to use more of a short lever technique in comparison with an osteopath. However, every practitioner is different, each will have their own style and preferred techniques. In short, it comes down to practitioner preference, who do you feel comfortable with to diagnose and treat you? The majority of patients come to the clinic after a recommendation from a friend or family member.
I have private health insurance, is my treatment covered?
Bright Chiropractic is registered with most health insurance providers. Please contact your own health insurance provider to check if your policy covers chiropractic care.
Payment is due immediately after each appointment. You will receive an invoice that you can then use to claim your money back with your health insurance provider.
Do I need a referral from a my GP?
No, you do not need a referral. A chiropractor is trained as a primary health care practitioner and is able to spot a variety of conditions, including conditions that are not suitable for chiropractic care. If that is the case, we may refer you to your GP or give you advice on which care would be more suitable.