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FAQs – Chiropractic

Do I need to be referred to a chiropractor by my GP?

No. chiropractic is a primary health-care profession, so you do not need to be referred by your doctor. A chiropractor is trained to diagnose your problem and will refer you to another health-care practitioner if necessary. If you have medical insurance, some companies require a letter of referral from your GP. For more information visit

Will treatment hurt?

Generally, a chiropractic adjustment does not hurt – although there may be some minor short-term discomfort which quickly passes for most people. You will normally find that follow-up treatments are much more pleasant, as your symptoms improve and you feel more at ease with your chiropractor.

Do chiropractors use X-rays?

Chiropractors are trained and licensed to take and read x-rays; however, any decision to take x-rays will be made in consultation with you. If we believe that x-rays are necessary for diagnostic purposes, we will refer you to our local private facilities.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Yes, chiropractic treatment has been proven to be extremely safe, much safer in fact than taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or having an anaesthetic during surgery. Chiropractic is a holistic, non-invasive approach to health. No surgery or drugs are involved. Your chiropractor will explain possible risks of treatment and discuss any concerns you may have prior to commencing with treatment.

Who benefits from chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic is suitable for all ages and can help with a wide range of aches and pains from head to toe. It can help relieve pain and symptoms such as headaches, back problems, stiffness, stress, sports injuries, whiplash, sciatica as well as aches and pains in almost every part of the body from tip to toe. Chiropractic also gives a general sense of well-being as the body balances itself through treatment. It is suitable for all ages, even pregnant women and people with arthritis or children with colic.

Can chiropractic treatment help sports performance?

Yes, many people have found significant improvement in their sports performance through chiropractic. If you’ve had a sports injury, we can help you recover quicker, with less pain and with minimal resultant dysfunction. More importantly we can determine any underlying dysfunction, and by correcting it, stop your problem from recurring.

How often will I need treatment?

On-going chiropractic care can continue the healing process and help prevent your problem returning. In the beginning you will need more frequent adjustments in order to mobilise your spine and improve spinal function – this will usually result in the relief of ache or pain. The frequency of your visits is reduces as you respond to improved spinal function.

What training does a chiropractor have?

Chiropractors are highly trained primary contact health care professionals. On average a five-year, full-time university degree is required at an internationally recognised institution. The studies include anatomy, neurology, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, behavioural sciences, diagnosis and manipulative skills to mention but a few. Today chiropractors are the world’s most qualified and skilled professionals in manipulative therapy.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate during pregnancy?

Yes, chiropractic treatment is suitable and safe throughout the pregnancy, during labour and after giving birth. Chiropractic care can help with common problems associated with pregnancy such as pain in the back, pelvis and rib cage, and it can make labour easier through the balancing effect it has on the joints and ligaments. Talk to your chiropractor to learn more about how we can support you through your pregnancy and afterwards.

Is chiropractic treatment suitable after surgery?

Yes, chiropractic treatment is suitable after surgery in most cases. Your chiropractor will be able to advise according to your specific case. Post-surgical chiropractic treatment is aimed at balancing the weight bearing of the joints and to minimise premature spinal decay. Many people who find they suffer with pain after surgery have found help from chiropractic treatment. Furthermore many people have avoided unnecessary surgery and are enjoying life pain-free, thanks to chiropractic care. Talk to your Chiropractor to find out more.

What is the popping or clicking sound I hear during treatment?

During chiropractic treatment you may experience clicking or popping sound coming from the joints. The sound is simply the harmless release of gas into the fluid in the joint rather like if you crack your knuckles.

How do I know my Chiropractor is registered?

All Chiropractors are registered with the General Chiropractic Council, once you know the name of the person treating you, you can check that they are on the register by clicking here.

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