Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.Treatment involves a wide variety of manipulative techniques designed to improve the function of the joints, relieving pain and muscle spasm. Other methods of treatment such as mobilisation, soft tissue therapies, stretches, dry needling and the use of rehabilitation programmes may also be used.
Chiropractic focuses on causes, not just symptoms. It is therefore suitable for both acute (recent) and chronic (long term) conditions.
Chiropractors are trained to take and interpret x-rays and as primary health care professionals are qualified to assess your general health.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic
How does chiropractic work?
Adjustment techniques are used on the spine and other joints of the body to restore normal joint movement and relieve pain. These adjustments promote optimal function of the spine and spinal nerves restoring health.
How effective is chiropractic treatment?
Official guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggest early referral for manipulative treatment, such as that performed by a chiropractor, is the most effective way of dealing with acute and chronic lower back pain.
There is a range of scientific evidence from randomised clinical trials (Bronfort Report) to prove the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for a variety of conditions including lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, leg pain, and arm pain.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment generally involves a quick thrust to a joint in a specific direction to restore proper movement. This is usually done with the hands or a specially designed hand-held instrument . There are various ways to adjust the spine and the technique used will be specific to each patient (these include very gentle procedures for the elderly and children).
Will treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is generally painless, and some patients feel immediate relief after treatment. Patients who come in with moderate to severe pain may experience temporary discomfort. If this is the case an ice pack (covered with a towel) placed on the area for approximately 15 minutes will help.
Will I need to remove clothing?
It may be necessary to remove some clothing. We will only ask you to remove clothes if necessary and we provide gowns for patients to wear if needed.
Is chiropractic covered by my private health insurance?
Chiropractic is covered by most private health insurers, check with your provider to see if you will be covered.
How many treatments will I need?
It is not possible to determine how many visits a person will need without a consultation. After your initial consultation the chiropractor will go through the results and explain how many treatments it will take to get rid of the pain and prevent the problem coming again.
How do I know if I need chiropractic care?
Pain is often what first brings a person into a chiropractic clinic, however, if a condition is caught before this stage the amount of treatment required is often greatly reduced and pain can probably be avoided. Conditions such as twinges, stiffness, pins and needles, headaches, poor posture, and an uneven gait (method of walking) can indicate a possible problem within the spine.
I’m not in pain but worried about my posture?
Poor posture is often a key contributor to musculoskeletal dysfunction and possible future aches and pains. However, it is often the case that some relatively simple modifications and a greater awareness of posture can help stop potential problem in the future. Motionback offer a FREE postural analysis. If you’re worried about posture come and see us, after all it costs nothing.
You can’t do anything about the effects of old age/arthritis can you?
Arthritis is a progressive disease that causes painful inflammation and stiffness of joints. Arthritis cannot be cured but the joints can be made more mobile and therefore less painful.
With arthritis the joints become worn, which in severe cases leads to fusing. Increased mobility and decreased pain levels can be achieved with chiropractic care right up until the point at which joints fuse.
Is the building accessible?
Yes. The High Holborn location is fully accessible.
Can I have chiropractic care after back or neck surgery?
Yes. The chiropractor will alter the treatment to ensure that no stresses will be placed on a vulnerable part of your spine (after surgery people often find problems above or below the affected area). With the rest of the spine functioning optimally due to treatment, less stress will be put on the vulnerable segments.
Can I have chiropractic care whilst pregnant?
Yes. Many pregnant women benefit from chiropractic care. Your body changes rapidly, altering your centre of gravity and your gait. This in turn stresses your spine and other joints. With chiropractic care these areas can be balanced, decreasing the levels of discomfort.
Do I need to contact my GP?
You do not have to contact your GP before visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractors are primary care practitioners, this means they deal with the public directly as opposed to being referred. If you are claiming through your health insurance then a GP referral may be necessary but it is always best to check with your health insurer first.
Are the chiropractors at Motionback registered?
All chiropractors have to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council and are members of a professional Association (Andy is a member of the British Chiropractic Association). The General Chiropractic Council are the body established by parliament to regulate and develop the chiropractic profession. It is a criminal offence to call yourself a chiropractor if you are not registered with the General Chiropractic Council. In order to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council you have to have completed a degree in chiropractic (Currently a 4 or 5 year Master of Chiropractic degree) from an accredited University.
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