Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effect of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and on general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation (or adjustment) and other joint and soft tissue manipulation. It is regulated by the Chiropractors Act 1994.
2. What is the difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathic treatment?
There are more similarities than differences. Chiropractors use specific manipulation of a joint or vertebrae as well as soft tissue techniques and may use therapeutic devices such as ultrasound. Osteopathy historically had different philosophy,diagnostic criteria and treatment approaches compared to Chiropractic.
Osteopaths often use more general mobilisation of the joints and muscles, which is less specific than that of chiropractic techniques.
3. How many times do I need to visit?
This will depend on your particular condition, how severe it is, how long you have had the condition, your response to treatment and how much of your Chiropractor’s advice you follow.
4. How much will it cost me?
The cost of treatment varies throughout the country. You should consult your local chiropractor for details. The majority of Health Insurers now cover the cost of treatment, but you should check first.
5. Do I need to contact my GP?
Not unless you wish to. Many GP’s recommend Chiropractic care to their patients. With your permission your chiropractor may send a report to your GP. This is because your GP holds all your medical records. It is in your interest for them to be kept up to date.