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Salisbury Chiropractic and Physiotherapy - Faqs

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system particularly the spine and their effects on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).

By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system chiropractic care relieves disorders and any accompanying pain or discomfort, arising from accidents, repetitive strain, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear that happens to all of us.

Chiropractors at Salisbury Chiropractic Clinic  take a biopsychosocial approach to your health and well-being: this means that they consider your symptoms in the context of your full medical history, your lifestyle and your personal circumstances in order to help you to manage your problem and prevent it recurring. We use a combination of recommended treatments such as manual therapy or spinal manipulation, ultrasound and acupuncture as well as advice about pain control, lifestyle, posture and exercise.

How effective is Chiropractic treatment?

It is important to understand that chiropractic is a profession and not a single treatment. Chiropractors use a package of treatment interventions such as manual therapy and spinal manipulation, acupuncture, advice about pain control, lifestyle and exercise that have been shown by research evidence to be effective and recommended by the National Instittue for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Back Pain Guideines 2009 (www.nice.org.uk/CG88).

What is the difference between a Chiropractor, Osteopath and Physiotherapist?

In fact there are more similarities than differences. They mostly treat musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain using various physical treatments such as manual therapy or manipulation, advice and exercise.

Chiropractors may make use of specific manipulation of a joint or vertebrae, as well as other treatments such as soft tissue massage, ultrasound and dry needling whereas osteopaths often use more general manipulation and massage of the whole body. Physiotherapists use manipulation much less, concentrating more on advice, exercise and the use of machines such as megapulse and ultrasound. However they all overlap and use each others techniques and ideas but suffer from misconceptions about each other's work and inadequate contact between them.

We aim to explain and educate about management and get you better as quickly as possible. We will send a report to your GP with your consent and will work with other healthprofessionals, recommending particular specialists, if necessary, to help your recovery.

The key is to provide treatment early to prevent patients losing condition and becoming chronic.

What happens when I visit a Chiropractor for the first time?

The Chiropractor who sees you on your first visit will be responsible for your care at the clinic. Your chiropractor needs to find out exactly what is wrong with you before deciding whether treatment might help. If your chiropractor is unable to help, then you may be referred back to your doctor for further investigation or some other specialist treatment. Your first visit can last between 45 minutes and an hour.

During this time:

A full case history will be taken.

You will be given the privacy to undress down to your underwear and will be given a gown to wear.

You will be asked to consent to a comprehensive physical examination. This will include palpation of your spine or other joints as well as

neurological and orthopaedic tests, if necessary.

Your blood pressure, pulse, heart and lungs may be checked.

X-rays or scans may be requested when clinically necessary in line with statutory regulations and clinical guidelines. (In some cases,

previous x-rays can be obtained from Salisbury District Hospital).

In certain cases, laboratory tests may be performed to provide additional information.

What do I need to know before my treatment starts?

Treatment is very much a partnership between you and your chiropractor. Before treatment starts your chiropractor should explain to you clearly:

The findings from the examination.

The proposed treatment plan.

The probability of risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment.

You will be informed of the charge for your initial consultation and subsequent visits.

Do ask your chiropractor as many questions as you need, to be sure that you understand what you have been told. You will then be asked to give your informed consent to treatment.

How many visits will I need?

This will depend on your particular condition. Below are some examples:

1 to 4 treatments for a simple case of low back pain that you have had for only a short period of time.

4 to 10 treatments for a long-standing (chronic) condition. Follow-up sessions at regular intervals may be recommended to maintain

improvement.

Subsequent visits to your chiropractor will normally last for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your condition.

You are likely to be advised on self help and may also be given advice about pain control, posture, exercise, diet and lifestyle. You may require a course of rehabilitation exercises if your problem is not resolved quickly and in order to prevent it recurring.

Your progress will be reviewed regularly and you will be asked to give your informed consent to any changes to your treatment plan.

What sort of response will I have to treatment?

Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed, in which case treatment will be modified. Don't be alarmed if you hear a clicking or popping noise when one of your joints is being manipulated or adjusted - this is perfectly normal.

It is also normal to experience some reaction to treatment. There may be an increase in discomfort, stiffness or tiredness for a day or so. On the other hand, you may feel more energetic.

It is also not unusual for a patient who has been getting better, to suffer a temporary relapse before improvement continues again. It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.

Could I have a home visit?

Home visits can be arranged at a small extra charge for patients who have too much pain and disability to attend the Clinic. However, this is not possible to arrange on a regular basis and treatment is more effective at the Clinic because of the special facilities and equipment.

What is Exercise Rehabilitation?

Andy Cook is our qualified personal trainer at the Clinic, which has up to date exercise facilities in order to re-condition longstanding spinal problems and restore normal function.

The latest research shows that, in combination with manipulation, this is the most effective way to resolve recurring back pain. A postural training and exercise programme can be designed especially for you and should be carried out regularly under the guidance of our trainers as specified by your Chiropractor.

Please ask your Chiropractor or at reception for more details.

What are the charges?

Consultation and treatment charges are displayed in the reception and on this website under fees.

Patients will be asked to pay at the end of each appointment.

We do not run accounts.

Receipts will be provided on request. Debit and Credit card facilities are available.

What if I cancel?

Please telephone at least one day in advance if you are unable to keep an appointment as missed appointments and late cancellations will incur a charge.

Please remember that failure to keep an appointment can cause inconvenience and delays for other patients.

Can I use private medical insurance?

Most private medical insurance companies pay for chiropractic treatment but sometimes this is only on GP referral.

BUPA and AXA PPP recognise all the chiropractors in the Clinic as specialists, but please check with your insurance company in advance or ask the receptionist.

Do I need to contact my GP?

Not unless you wish to. With your permission, your chiropractor may send a report to your GP, with details of your condition and the treatment you are receiving. This is because your GP is the custodian of your complete medical records so it is in your interests for it to be kept up to date.

Many GP’s refer their patients to chiropractors. The GMC allows doctors to refer to practitioners who are on a statutory register. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Back Pain Guidelines 2009 (www.nice.org.uk/CG88) recommend manual therapy or spinal manipulation, acupuncture and exercise for persistent back problems that are preventing normal activity.

What if I need to be signed off work?
The Chiropractors within the Clinic are able to sign off work certification forms as and when they are necessary.
Can anyone be a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system particularly the spine and their effects on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).

By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system chiropractic care relieves disorders and any accompanying pain or discomfort, arising from accidents, repetitive strain, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear that happens to all of us.

Chiropractors at Salisbury Chiropractic Clinic  take a biopsychosocial approach to your health and well-being: this means that they consider your symptoms in the context of your full medical history, your lifestyle and your personal circumstances in order to help you to manage your problem and prevent it recurring. We use a combination of recommended treatments such as manual therapy or spinal manipulation, ultrasound and acupuncture as well as advice about pain control, lifestyle, posture and exercise.

What about After Care?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system particularly the spine and their effects on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).

By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system chiropractic care relieves disorders and any accompanying pain or discomfort, arising from accidents, repetitive strain, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear that happens to all of us.

Chiropractors at Salisbury Chiropractic Clinic  take a biopsychosocial approach to your health and well-being: this means that they consider your symptoms in the context of your full medical history, your lifestyle and your personal circumstances in order to help you to manage your problem and prevent it recurring. We use a combination of recommended treatments such as manual therapy or spinal manipulation, ultrasound and acupuncture as well as advice about pain control, lifestyle, posture and exercise.

What do I do if I am not satisfied?

If you are not satisfied with the care you have received at the Clinic, you may contact your chiropractor by telephone or in writing, or refer the matter to the Clinic’s Designated Complaints Officer:
Mr Nigel Hunt: nwhunt@salisburychiropracticclinic.co.uk, who will endeavour to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

Otherwise you may refer the matter to: The General Chiropractic Council, 44 Wicklow Street, London, WCIX 9HL (Tel: 020 7713 5155).

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