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What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. Chiropractors have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. They may also use a variety of other interventions such as corrective exercise, dry needling and nutritional therapy, as well as offering postural and lifestyle advice.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other conditions.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors are educated as primary healthcare practitioners, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the neuromusculoskeletal system (the nerves, muscles and joints).
Four to five academic years of professional study is the standard initial training to Degree qualification. This is subsequently supported by on-going continuous professional development and study. Chiropractic education includes comprehensive training in physiology, human anatomy, biochemistry, orthopaedics, neurology, clinical diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, exercise and rehabilitation.
Is Treatment Safe
Yes. All treatments at Dynamic Health are extremely safe.
Chiropractic is widely recognised as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal (nerve, muscles and joint) complaints.
No health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects, but chiropractic does have an excellent safety record and any associated risks are very small. Many patients experience immediate relief following chiropractic treatment. Some may, occasionally, experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they might after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
What is a chiropractic ‘adjustment’ or ‘manipulation’?
Chiropractic ‘adjustment’ or ‘manipulation’ is a safe and effective procedure in which a controlled, specific force is applied to a spinal or extremity joint to restore proper joint movement and system function and to relieve pain.
What is the ‘clicking’ sound?
A chiropractic ‘adjustment’ is often associated with a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ noise, similar to what you might hear when a wet glass is lifted from a table. This is simply caused by a release of gas from the joint as movement is restored.
Do I have to be ‘clicked’?
No. Joint adjustment is often a primary treatment of choice due to its effectiveness and safety.
However, we also use a range of effective treatment strategies and can tailor the treatment to your preferences. So, if you would prefer not to be adjusted (or ‘clicked’) that is not a problem.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you will need is conditioned by various factors including your age, lifestyle, the type of problem you have and how long you’ve had it. As part of your ‘Report of Findings’ we will explain how many treatments you are likely to need and the estimated timescale.
How much does it cost?
Please refer to the pricing page for details.
Does it work?
Yes – but don’t just take our word it. Please visit our testimonial page to hear from our many happy patients.
Does it hurt?
Generally treatment is painless and comfortable. However, some treatment techniques may be marginally less comfortable if, for example, muscles, joints or nerves are particularly tight or irritated. Any discomfort is usually short lived and rarely lasts longer than 24 hours.
Can I see a Chiropractor if I am Pregnant?
Yes. Chiropractic and all treatment at Dynamic Health is safe during pregnancy.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for babies and children?
Yes. Both babies and children can benefit from chiropractic care.
Just as in adults, babies and children can be affected by problems with their muscles, joints or nerves. This can cause existing symptoms or predispose to problems later in life. Chiropractic care for children and babies will be gentle and has been shown to be safe and effective. For more information please visit our Babies and Children page.
Am I too old for treatment?
Treatment is safe for ages. By tailoring treatments accordingly we can safely treat all age groups, including those with age-related disorders such as osteoporosis.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No. A doctor’s referral isn’t necessary although we do find that many of our patients are referred for treatment by their GP’s.
All of our patients are initially assessed by a Chiropractor who is a ‘primary care practitioner’ which means that he/she is specifically trained to provide first-contact for a patient with an undiagnosed health concern. The chiropractor can then determine which treatment will be most suitable and effective.
Do you take insurance patients?
Yes. We are recognised by most insurance companies including AXA PPP and Bupa. If you are not sure whether or not you are covered call and speak to one of our friendly team.
What conditions do you treat?
Please refer to our conditions treated page.
Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?
No, not if you would prefer not to.
Generally we do ask that patients remove their outer clothing and wear a gown and shorts for the initial assessment so we can more clearly assess the whole body. However, for those who do not feel comfortable undressing we can perform an assessment with the patient clothed. Please mention your preference to one of our friendly staff on your initial visit.
What should I wear for treatment?
Comfortable, loose-fitting, clothing is recommended e.g. sportswear.
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
Both of these techniques use the insertion of fine needles. The main difference is that acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine (and needles are inserted along the ‘meridian system’) while dry needling is based on western neuroanatomy (and needles are generally inserted into specific anatomical structures e.g. muscles and ligaments). Interestingly, many of the common needle locations are shared by both disciplines.
What is the difference between osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy?
All 3 professions treat the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints) however their individual approach to diagnosis and treatment may differ. The extent to which practitioners differ is extremely variable, both within and between professions. At dynamic health we understand the benefits each profession has to offer and simply aim to use the most effective diagnostic and treatment techniques to best help our patients.
I’ve had chiropractic/ osteopathy/ physiotherapy before and it’s not helped, will your treatment be different?
Every practitioner treats differently, even within professions. If you are still suffering despite previous treatment it is at least worth consulting us for a free initial consultation to see if we can help you any further.