What results can I expect from treatment?
Your response to treatment depends on your condition, the length of time you have had the problem, your age and the degree of your disability. Your Chiropractic doctor will tell you the frequency and length of treatment typically recommended for your condition.
People choose Chiropractic as they often get quick results. Individual cases vary and chronic conditions obviously need more treatment, but studies show that people with low back pain get back to work much faster with Chiropractic care.
You might also consider the benefits of regular Chiropractic adjustments even when you feel healthy. Sometimes you won’t know you have a disorder of the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves until it becomes acute and painful. So, just as you see your dentist to have your teeth checked and the optician for eye exams, regular visits to your Chiropractor can catch related health conditions early, the theory being that this helps prevent them from developing into more severe pain episodes. Remember, your spine is susceptible to wear and tear like your teeth and your eyes so we recommend a regular service to look after it.
How does it work?
The body is self-healing, providing it is not being damaged in some way quicker than it can heal then all works well. The skill of a good Chiropractor is to try and help identify these obstacles to normal healing and find a way to help you deal with it. These obstacles are usually some kind of stress which can be physical, chemical or neurological so a treatment intervention might address any of these. Very commonly Chiropractors find one cause of stress on the body is tight joints. To help treat these, gentle manipulative techniques, known as adjustments, are used to restore correct function, mobility and good alignment to the joints. As a result, nerve and muscular function can be expected to improved.
What happens during a Chiropractic treatment?
During your first visit, the Chiropractor will want to know about your health history as well as your current complaint. Your home and work life as well as your level of physical activity may also affect your health, so don’t be surprised to be asked questions about these. Although chiropractors use their hands for most treatments, they also use other methods such as ice, specialized adjusting instruments, and personalized exercise programs, muscle-testing and neurological exercises. Your Chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, general exercise and lifestyle changes.
Will I need an X-ray?
X-rays are only taken when clinically necessary. Chiropractors are fully qualified to take and read X-rays – though at Back-in-Action we have chosen not to have our own facilities but can refer you privately either for X-Rays or MRI scans or if you prefer to go through the NHS we suggest you consult your GP.
Should I get hold of my old X-Rays or other scans?
That would be very helpful. If you have had X-rays, or other scans, please ask for a copy from the radiology department who took them. They should be able to provide a computer disk of them, providing it wasn’t too long ago.
Who do Chiropractors treat?
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, including babies, pregnant women and the elderly.
What should I wear for the first visit
To asses you properly we need to see your body. This allows us to asses muscle tone, skin tone, landmarks and spinal alignment more accurately. For the first session we use gowns and ask the patient to have their underwear on under the gown. If you feel more comfortable then bring a lose pair of shorts and vest.
How long will it take for improvement
This can depend on the presenting history of the individual including the severity and duration of the problem, the cause of why it has happened and the age of the person with the problem. Once a consultation and assessment has been done the treatment and time frame is then tailor accordingly specifically to that individual.