Frequently Asked Questions
Are Chiropractors fully qualified?
All chiropractors’ practicing in the UK must be registered with the GCC (General Chiropractic Council). To do so they must have undertaken a minimum of 4-5 years of study at an accredited institution. Areas of study include: anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, orthopaedics, nutrition, diagnosis, radiology and pharmacology.
To ensure that we are always at the top of our game with skills and knowledge, all Chiropractors are required to complete 30 hours of annual Continual Professional Development.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Providing that you visit a registered Chiropractic Clinic and that your treatment is care performed by a registered Chiropractor, then Chiropractic care is safe.
Your first visit to us will include a thorough examination which is essential for the Chiropractor to diagnose your condition and assess your needs. A Chiropractor will only adjust you if is appropriate to do so. If we believe your case is outside of our scope of practice, we will refer you to the appropriate medical professional.
What is the popping sound?
People experiencing Chiropractic care for the first time can feel a little anxious when having an adjustment as there is often a popping sound. This is nothing to worry about! The popping sound is simply a release of gas when the joint is moved like popping your knuckle. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT the bones cracking!
How many treatments would I need to feel better?
There is no set plan when it comes to the number of treatments that are needed as this varies from patient to patient. Most patients will feel better after a treatment. They will have an increased sense of well-being and mobility will often be improved. Please be aware though that this is not always the case and in some situations, there may be a small exacerbation of your condition before you start to feel better. The amount of treatments needed will depend on your presenting complaint, your health, your lifestyle habits and how well you have looked after yourself over the course of your life.
Does Treatment Hurt?
For most of us, a chiropractic manipulation won’t hurt. Generally, patients may experience some minor short-term discomfort. As symptoms improve, most people tend to find that follow up treatments are more comfortable.
GP’s and Chiropractors
In Hampshire, Chiropractic treatment is currently not available on the NHS. Therefore, if your GP does suggest Chiropractic treatment as a solution, then please be aware that this will need to be funded privately. Please talk to us though as there are a number of private insurance options available. We will sometimes recommend that you also consult your GP during your treatment with us if necessary to improve your outcome.
What If I need an x-ray?
Sometimes an X-ray of your spine or joints is useful in helping us identify any problems that are related to your symptoms. If an X-ray is required, we will refer you to your local x-ray service, usually at the local hospital.
I Have Arthritis – Can Anything Be Done?
Any chiropractic treatment aims to restore normal joint function spreading the load and taking excessive strain away from degenerated joints. If you suffer from Arthritis or any other degenerative condition, the please ask your chiropractor for advice on suitable exercises for maintaining joint function. Please also ensure that your chiropractor is full aware of any conditions before treatment is considered.
Is Treatment Suitable Even Though I Have Had Previous Surgery?
In most cases, the answer is yes, however this will depend on the surgery and extent of previous illness. Your chiropractor will be able to advise on whether treatment is suitable and may advise you to consult your GP before treatment.
Is Treatment Safe During Pregnancy?
In a word, Yes. Many women suffer from back pain during pregnancy. It is easy to modify treatment positions to allow pregnant women to benefit from this form of treatment. Kinesiology tape is also very beneficial in treating pregnant women.
What is Kinesio Tape?
Here at Lymington Chiropractic, we are great advocates of Kinesio Tape. Kinesio tape is latex- free, hypoallergenic and wearable for days at a time. It is generally used to help with sporting related or muscle injuries as it relaxes and stimulates muscles and does not limit the range of motion.
I Am Not in Pain Now, But My Pain Comes and Goes. Should I Be Checked?
As with anything in life, ongoing maintenance and care, in the long term, should help to keep the ailments at bay. Wellness care is a big part of chiropractic practice. Prevention is better than cure. Exactly the same as regular dental check-ups, take time to schedule in a regular chiropractor check. Whether this is every two months or every six months, a regular check can help to keep the ailments at bay.