The Chiropractic Centre, Newcastle - frequently asked questions

What should I wear?

Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

Will my GP approve?

Increasingly, GPs are recognising chiropractic as an effective complementary treatment particularly for back pain. However, you do not need a GPs referral to visit a chiropractor.

Can I get treatment on the NHS?

Some GPs are able to purchase treatment for their patients on the NHS. Most health insurance companies will now pay for treatment.

How long does treatment take?

The first consultation takes about 45 minutes. The treatment is based on your condition so times can vary somewhat, you should for future sessions expect to be here for between 10 and 20 minutes. Your practitioner may need this entire time, or they may need extra time, which will be allocated to you at no extra cost. This all depends on your particular problem/s and the required treatment.

How long will it take to get better?

Your recovery is dependent on many factors - the problem, the length of time you have had it and your own commitment to any rehabilitative exercises, lifestyle advice and your treatment schedule. It is important that you keep your appointments to obtain optimum results.

What is the popping noise associated with the adjustment?

When a joint is manipulated, as happens in a chiropractic adjustment, there is a change of pressure within the joint space. This may sometimes cause a miniscule bubble of gas to pop. This sound is not significant and does not hurt.

Have I got a 'trapped nerve' or a 'slipped disc'?

These are commonly used terms to describe a multitude of conditions. Your practitioner will make a more specific diagnosis and explain your condition to you.

Will treatment hurt?

Adjusting is not painful. If you have acute muscle spasms or resist the adjustment there may be some discomfort.

Are all patients adjusted in the same way?

No, your treatment programme will be tailored to your specific needs.

What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?

There are differences in technique and approach, as well as similarities. The most important factor is that the practitioner is well qualified. Both professions now have statutory regulation.

Are chiropractors trained and qualified?

Chiropractic is a 4 or 5 year university degree course. Chiropractors have to be registered with their regulatory body to be able to practice in the UK.

Is chiropractic treatment safe? Even if I have already had surgery?

Chiropractic is remarkable safe when treatment is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner and treatment can be given after surgery.

Why should I return if I am feeling fine?

Your chiropractor has treated you, ridding you of pain, but if you continue the lifestyle that caused the original problem you will require regular treatments to help prevent it from returning. Regular chiropractic care also helps to prevent other problems from developing.

Is there anything wrong with me 'cracking' my neck or back myself?

Yes. You cannot properly control an adjustment to yourself and you will find that the relief is only temporary. If you feel you want to 'crack' your joints, it is because you need an adjustment. Consult your practitioner.

Is there scientific proof that chiropractic works?

There is plenty of scientific evidence not only that chiropractic works, but that it is a very effective treatment for many conditions.

Do I need x-rays?

Following history and examination your practitioner may recommend x-ray evaluation, although this is quite rare.