Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that chiropractors are asked most frequently:
What will happen on my first visit?
Firstly, we cover the details of your current condition and talk through what has prompted you to seek chiropractic treatment. You tell me about your previous injuries and I take a relevant medical history. We discuss how your condition started, what you think caused it and how long you have been suffering with it. Once we have a more detailed picture I explain your options to you at this stage.
How often will I need to come for and how long will it take to get better?
After we have discussed your condition and I have examined you I will be able to give a fairly precise estimation of what length of time it might take to recover. At this stage I will explain other options you have.
How long is a treatment session and how many treatments will I need?
Treatment sessions are half an hour long and the number of treatments required will depend on your specific problem and how long you have had it. Following your first visit it will be easier to give a clearer idea about how long it might take to recover. Treatment varies from person to person, each individual is different.
Do I need a referral from my GP to see a chiropractor?
Chiropractic is a primary healthcare so you do not need a referral from your GP.
How much will it cost?
Each treatment is £45. The first visit, which includes a consultation, examination and a treatment, costs £55.
How quickly can I be seen?
We endeavour to see patients quickly, usually within 24 hours.
Will it hurt?
All my patients tell me treatment is gentle and pain free. I am sympathetic to the fact that many of my patients are in pain and I empathise with that.
What if my condition can’t be helped by chiropractic treatment?
In this case you will be referred to your GP or on for further investigation to a consultant for scans or X-rays.
What is the difference between chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy?
The three disciplines are similar with differences. Each can treat back conditions and each uses a slightly different technique and approach. Chiropractors are also trained to take and read X-rays. All three are hands-on treatment.
Is chiropractic available on the NHS?
Chiropractic is not available on the NHS currently. Within PRMC the GP’s refer their patients on for a free chiropractic assessment and possible further private treatment. At this time chiropractic treatment is only available in the UK privately.
Is chiropractic covered by Private Health Insurance?
The majority of private health insurance companies will reimburse you for chiropractic treatment costs. A lot will depend on your individual policy and so it is advisable to check directly with your insurer.
What is a chiropractic adjustment and what is that popping sound?
During the treatment, you may experience a popping sensation in your joints and hear a popping or cracking sound, this is exactly the same sound as clicking your knuckles. It is just the sound of gas bubbles popping in the fluid of the joints as pressure is released. All my patients tell me treatment is gentle and pain free.
Will I need X-rays?
In some cases X-rays are required and you will be sent back to your GP for a referral or referred directly to a private facility. X-rays that have been taken within the last few years can be requested for reference. If you have any X-rays or a recent report then do bring them with you.
Can anyone call themselves a chiropractor?
It is illegal to practice as a chiropractor in the UK or use the title Doctor of Chiropractic or be referred to as a Chiropractor without being registered with the General Chiropractic Council. The title Doctor of Chiropractic and the title Chiropractor are protected by law under the 1994 Chiropractors Act.
Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractors undergo a thorough four year internationally accredited medical degree training. The profession is highly regulated by The General Chiropractic Council in the UK.
Can I park outside?
At Poole Road Medical Centre we have ample free parking and there are additional spaces in the adjacent street Clarendon Road where you can park for free for 2 hours.
What is your policy for cancellation?
We require 24 hour advance notice of cancellation or rearrangement of appointments as the clinic is very busy and appointments are in high demand. Less than 24 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee.
What will happen at my first visit and how much will it cost?
Your first visit involves a consultation, examination and treatment and costs £55. All subsequent visits cost £45 each and last about half an hour.
What if chiropractic can’t help my particular condition? Will I still be charged?
If chiropractic can’t help or you need to be referred onto a specialist healthcare provider or your GP for a second opinion I will keep you fully informed. If need be I will send a referral letter with my opinion and advice and you will only be charged for the first visit.
Can I have a chat with you before embarking on treatment?
Absolutely, either phone and get some advice or book in for a short 10 minute consultation for more thorough advice.
How many treatments do you estimate that I will need?
Every person varies. A lot depends upon factors such as how long you have had the problem and your medical history. As treatment progresses a clearer picture of progress and recovery will emerge.
Is chiropractic available free on the NHS?
No, unfortunately not in the UK.
How do I make a claim on my PHI?
All insurers are different and it is best to check with your individual policy. If they do cover chiropractic treatment then you will be able to organise receipts for your payments and send them off to your PHI for reimbursement. We do not invoice insurance companies direct but will happily provide the paperwork that you require.