Human Chiropractic FAQ
How will I Feel after the Treatment?
My treatment is very gentle but sometimes if there is excessive inflammation there may be a little discomfort. On the whole it is a fairly relaxing experience. During the course of the treatment you may feel physical changes as your body realigns. These can include stiffness or tiredness particularly after your first session. I will give you advice on aftercare and on any lifestyle changes to help you get the most benefit from your care. If you feel worried about anything either during or after the treatment then it is important to discuss it with me.
Who Can Benefit from the Treatment?
The treatment is beneficial for people of all ages and for a wide variety of problems. I use many different techniques but the main ones (McTimoney chiropractic, Afferent Input Muscle Testing, Bowen Therapy are gentle as I find that these can be effective with the whole spectrum of patients ranging from small children and the elderly through adults to athletes. I also use Acupuncture for certain presentations eg tennis elbow and low back pain.
Most patients initially come to me because they have a particular pain, dysfunction or injury but my treatment can also be effective in preventing problems before they come to light.
What Happens on the First Visit?
On the initial consultation I always assess your general health, previous conditions, and existing symptoms. I then conduct a physical examination to locate the problem, explain what my findings are and, with your permission, proceed with the treatment plan we discuss. If at any point I discover or suspect a condition that requires medical intervention I will refer you to your GP for further tests. Unless otherwise indicated (and this is very rare) the first session will always include treatment.
How Many Sessions will I Need?
Most people find between 2 and 6 sessions sufficient to address straightforward problems. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on a number of factors including:
Age – Extent of injury – Duration of problem – General fitness – Stress (muscle tension, physical and emotional stress) -Posture etc
I will discuss the anticipated number of sessions with you prior to treatment. Once you’re up and running, you can choose to schedule regular check-ups a few times a year to help keep any problems under control.
Will my Health Insurance Pay for Treatment?
For humans I am registered with all major health insurance companies but you will have to contact your individual company to check if they cover you. Most insurance companies will require a referral from your GP.
Some Pet Insurance companies do cover chiropractic care but this is not common at the present.
Can I Have Your Treatment if I am Pregnant?
Yes indeed. Many pregnant women find the treatment extremely beneficial to help with the changes that occur in the body. The alterations to the centre of gravity, posture and gait can be balanced and resulting misalignment improved to avoid pain and discomfort. I have found Bowen Therapy, when combined with the gentle McTimoney pelvic realignment procedure, to be particularly effective in addressing SPD (Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction) and back pain during pregnancy.
Can I have your Treatment after back or Neck Surgery?
Yes. I will obviously take into account the procedure undertaken and adapt the treatment to take stress away from the affected area and avoid treating it directly.
If you have any further queries then please contact me on 01252 728252