How many visits will I need?
Your body can be malfunctioning for months, even years, before you experience symptoms. Since symptoms are the always the last to show and the first to go, it is important to monitor the function of your Nervous System rather than rely on the absence of symptoms as a measure of ‘wellness’.
Following your initial examination and diagnosis, subsequent visits to the chiropractor will last for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the treatment required. You will be re-scanned at regular intervals and your progress reviewed. You will be asked to give your consent to any changes to your treatment plan. Beneficial Chiropractic Clinic uses this scanning technology to deliver the highest level of chiropractic care.
If there is no improvement in your condition, the chiropractor will discuss referring you to your GP or other therapists.
What do I need to know before my treatment starts?
Treatment is very much a partnership between you and the chiropractor. Before your treatment starts your chiropractor will explain to you clearly:
- The findings from the examination
- The proposed treatment plan
- The receptionist or the chiropractor will tell you how much you will have to pay.
Do ask the 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.
Will the treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed, in which case treatment will be modified. The form of chiropractic treatment practiced in this clinic does not generate a clicking or popping noise when one of your joints is being adjusted.
It is normal to experience some reaction to treatment including temporary increase in discomfort, stiffness or tiredness for a day or so. On the other hand, you may feel more energetic. The chiropractor may offer advice about diet and lifestyle and rehabilitation exercise programs.
It is important that you talk to the chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.
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 record so it is in your interests for it to be kept up to date.
Many GP’s refer their patients to chiropractors.
Do I have to pay for my treatment?
Unfortunately, the NHS does not usually fund chiropractic treatment, so you will have to pay for treatment yourself. However, if you have private health insurance, check that it covers treatment provided by your chiropractor. If so, you may be able to recoup all or part of the cost.
How much will it cost?
The cost will vary widely depending on your chiropractor, your insurance coverage, and the treatment you’re receiving.