Chiropractors are trained to examine, diagnose and treat problems and injuries to the spine and other joints of the body. To accomplish this, they use adjustments as well as soft tissue therapy. Chiropractors also give their patients exercises to do and postural advice to follow.
Here at The Wellbeing Centre Rosie of Total Chiropractic offers consultations in her Monday and Thursday clinics.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by improving loss of function or movement in the joints of the spine. Loss of spinal joint movement can lead to pain, difficulty in moving and muscle spasms. Problems in one area of the spine can lead to muscles and joints in other parts of the body having to work harder in order to carry out every-day movements. This means that a problem can start in one area of the body and spread to others.
What training do chiropractors undertake?
Chiropractors study for 5 years at degree level. Their study involves anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and neuroanatomy, as well as diagnosis, examination and treatment.
After passing their degree they are able to register with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) as a chiropractor. All chiropractors have to register with the GCC in order to be able to practice. The GCC maintains the educational and ethical standards of the chiropractic profession. Chiropractors also have to complete continuing professional development (CPD) annually to maintain their registration.
What happens in a new patient consultation?
In your new patient consultation your chiropractor will take a history of not only your current complaint but also your past medical history. They will then perform a physical examination to help determine the problem. During the examination you will need to undress to your underwear. Women will be given a gown to wear.
After the consultation your chiropractor will be able to:
- Give you a diagnosis – which is a summary of what is wrong with you and whether your problem is suitable for chiropractic care.
- Give you a treatment plan – an overview of what and how much treatment you are likely to need.
95% of people will receive treatment during their new patient consultation; if you cannot be treated your chiropractor will explain why this is the case.
In a follow up session to your new patient consultation you will be treated with adjustments and soft tissue therapy and given advice to follow at home. You may also be advised about posture at work or in the car.
Could chiropractic help me?
Chiropractors have had success in treating;
- Back pain
- Disc problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Neck pain
- Minor sports injuries
- Shoulder, hip, ankle, elbow and knee problems
- Pelvic pain during pregnancy
- Arthritic pain
New Patients £50
Follow up £40