All chiropractors practicing in the UK must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). To do so they must have graduated from an accredited institution, which takes a minimum of 4-5 years of study. Subjects of study include: anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, pharmacology, orthopaedics, injury rehab, nutrition, diagnosis and radiology.
Our Chiropractor, Anne French, graduated from the AECC, has a BSc (Hons), MSc Chiropractic, and is a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Chiropractors must also complete 30 hours of Continual Professional Development (CPD) each year to remain up-to-date with their skills and knowledge and qualify for registration with the GCC.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic care is very safe when performed by a registered Chiropractor.
A thorough examination is essential for the Chiropractor to diagnose your condition and assess your needs. They will only adjust you if is appropriate to do so. If the Chiropractor believes your case is outside her scope of practice she will refer you to the appropriate medical professional.
What is the popping sound?
When you are adjusted, you may or may not hear a popping sound. The popping sound is simply a release of gas when the joint is moved like popping your knuckle. It is NOT the bones cracking!
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient. This all depends on your presenting complaint, your health, your lifestyle habits and how well you have looked after yourself over the course of your life (yes, it really makes a difference).
Anne will give you a plan of treatment on your initial consultation, as is required by the GCC. This will give you an idea of what to expect but nothing is written in stone, it is your body and always your decision; we give you our professional experience and advice.
Many patients decide to continue with ongoing, periodic Chiropractic care as they recognise the benefits they receive and realise that Chiropractic treatment is about health and not just pain relief.
If you require x-rays you will be referred to a local x-ray service. The x-rays will then be reviewed and analysed by a Radiologist and your Chiropractor. Your x-ray results will be discussed at your next convenient treatment.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, you do not need to be referred by your GP: Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners. A GP will often refer patients to a chiropractor and vice versa as required.
Is Chiropractic care available on the NHS?
Please check with your GP to see if your local Primary Care Trust has funding for chiropractic treatment. In May 2009, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognised chiropractic as a treatment for low back pain. NICE recommended “offering a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, comprising up to a maximum of nine sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks” www.nice.org.uk/CG88 NICE provides guidance to the NHS, sets quality standards and manages a national database to improve people’s health and prevent and treat ill health.
Can I claim on my private health insurance?
In most cases health care insurance providers cover chiropractic care. Some providers may also require a referral from a GP to claim. We recommend that you contact your insurance company to check your level of cover. You are required to pay for your treatment and then make your claim directly with your insurer. Please advise us when making your appointment if you will be claiming on insurance.
What is the difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy?
This is one of the most common questions asked at the clinic, so common I wrote a Blog on it (just follow this link). However, I truly believe, it makes no difference whether you see a Chiropractor or an Osteopath. Our training is very similar (in the UK). We treatment similar conditions, we are all a little different due to our personal passions or beliefs about health, therefore we have found our own way of practicing in our profession. All that really matters is that you can communicate with the practitioner, they listen and they have a passion to help you.