Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
An adjustment is something that is unique to Chiropractors. The closest thing to an adjustment is a manipulation. Adjustments are highly specific and gentle thrusts into a restricted and misaligned joint. This restores the movement of the joint and removes any interference from the associated nerve (trapped nerve). Often you may hear a ‘popping’ noise; this is a natural phenomenon of air being released in the joint and nothing to be concerned about.
Does Chiropractic treatment hurt?
In short, no, Chiropractic treatment does not hurt. It can be sore when we are working on an inflamed (what causes pain) area, however any movement in that area is going to be uncomfortable. We work very hard to ensure all our treatment is at a level you are comfortable with, whilst still give you the necessary benefit to get back on track.
Are x-rays necessary?
At The Chiropractic Centre: Bristol we have a state of the art x-ray machine that takes digital x-rays at a hospital quality. The main benefits of taking x-rays are:
- We can rule out the scary things like a fracture or a tumour
- We can assess the level of osteoarthritis or ‘wear and tear’
- We can see the alignment of the bones (for this reason we take all our x-rays standing up weigh bearing)
So x-rays allow us to look underneath the surface so we know how to provide the best care for you in the safest way. Without them its like being a mechanic and trying to fix a car without lifting up the bonnet.
What qualifications does a Chiropractor have?
All our Chiropractors have completed a 4/5-year Chiropractic degree. The level of training is similar to that of a medical degree, however we swap the training on drugs and surgery for specific Chiropractic education. The level of training entitles Chiropractors to be Doctors of Chiropractic.
All our Chiropractors are fully registered with the General Chiropractic Council and additionally with the United Chiropractic Association.
How often do I need to visit a Chiropractor and for how long?
What schedule of care we recommend to you is dependent on a few different factors:
- What your complaint is
- How long you have suffered from the complaint
- Any underlying complications such as ‘wear and tear’
- Your lifestyle, for example, your job type, stress levels and activeness
Through your course of care we regularly reassess you both objectively and subjectively. By measuring the changes against the examination results carried out at your initial appointment, we can monitor your improvements throughout your care and ensure we are giving you the best and most appropriate treatment.
What happens after my course of care?
When you are back on track, living the life and doing the things you want to again, you have a choice. What we recommend, and what most do, is to maintain your improvements with ongoing maintenance Chiropractic care. This is a bit like loosing weight or getting fit at the gym; you have to keep up your new good habits to keep yourself in your new good place.
We do not want you to ever go back to where you were when we first met you. There is, however, a different level of Chiropractic for everyone, so when the time is right we will sit down and discuss it all with you!