Chiropractors specialise in muscle and joint problems and are experts in helping back problems and other spine related conditions. Our chiropractors can quickly tell you if they can help.
Your first visit
At your free consultation, a chiropractor will listen to your problem, examine you thoroughly and tell you what’s wrong and what caused it. Following this diagnosis, we will discuss treatment options, including the costs, to find what suits you. We will write all this down.
If you decide to go ahead with treatment we will do it there and then as it only takes a few minutes. This might be unlocking stiff joints by hand or our new treatment option without the clicks and pops. It’s up to you.
Does it hurt?
Treatment using manipulation of the spine is usually comfortable. Often you will hear a click as the joint unlocks. Some people feel soreness for a few days afterwards but this is usually mild and gets better by itself. If you don’t like the idea of this we can use our No-Click Chiropractic which doesn’t involve a click and usually does not cause any soreness. We can show you what each treatment is like so you can make your mind up.
Is it safe?
Chiropractic care is extremely safe. It is safer than drugs and surgery for spinal problems and least as effective and this has been shown in study after study. We will discuss any specific concerns with you before you consent to treatment. Manual therapy as carried out by chiropractors is recommended by NICE.
What can chiropractors help with?
Chiropractors are best known for excellent results with back pain and sciatica. Often people who have had pain for many years find relief and the ability to lead an active life again. Other problems can respond well too. Neck and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines as well as other joint and muscle problems often benefit.
Can I get chiropractic on the NHS
Chiropractic is recommended by doctors and NICE for things like back pain. In spite of this, funding for chiropractic is not available on the NHS in the Brighton area but it is available in other parts of the UK. We hope that local NHS commissioners will look again at this policy and allow GPs to refer patients to chiropractors to allow fair access for everyone.
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractors use joint manipulation and mobilisation to unlock the stiff joints and muscle spasm that can cause back and neck pain. This often eases the irritation of the nerves and resolves pain and numbness in the arms and legs improving conditions like sciatica.
Specific exercises and advice also help recovery and prevent a recurrence.
How long does it take to work?
A typical treatment programme is six to ten sessions over four to six weeks. Some people improve more quickly if they are generally fit and active and have not had the problem long. Others can take longer than this especially if they have had the problem a long time.
We have many years of experience treating thousands of people like you. We’ll give you a clear idea at the start about how long we think it will take.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of muscle and joint problems, particularly of the spine. In the UK the chiropractic profession is regulated by an act of Parliament so only properly trained practitioners can use the title chiropractor.
Chiropractic is not a treatment, it is a profession which uses a range of manual therapies combined with tailored exercises, advice and support. Chiropractors often use spinal manipulation or mobilisation which improves the function of the spine by stretching the joints and muscles as well as exercises and advice.
Care provided by chiropractors is well supported by the evidence. The NHS and NICE recognise the role chiropractors can play in managing conditions like back pain.
What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?
Both professions are very similar using manipulation, exercise and advice as a package of care to help musculoskeletal problems and their effects on the nervous system – using the best current evidence available.
Both are regulated by acts of Parliament. Neither is better than the other. It is more important to find a good practitioner who understands your problem and whom you trust to sort it out.
We hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions then feel free to email us or book an appointment for a free consultation, no strings attached.
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