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Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. This is based on the theory that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.
Chiropractic care is for people of all ages and can benefit anyone with a variety of health conditions. It is most commonly used for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Yes, chiropractic is generally considered safe when performed by trained and registered chiropractors like James and Sadique. Any risks or concerns will be discussed with you by your chiropractor prior to treatment.
Most people do not experience pain during a chiropractic adjustment. However, some discomfort might be felt, especially if the patient is already in pain or if there is significant muscle tension or spasm. Any discomfort typically subsides shortly after treatment.
The "cracking" noise during an adjustment is caused by a phenomenon called cavitation. This occurs when the joint space is increased, causing gas bubbles in the joint fluid to pop and create a cracking sound. It is generally not painful.
Typically, you do not need to remove any clothing for a chiropractic adjustment. It's best to wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement. Your chiropractor will guide you if any clothing needs to be adjusted or removed for better access during the treatment.
A chiropractic adjustment itself takes around 10 minutes, but the total appointment can last around 30 to 60 minutes, especially during your first visit. This time allows for consultation, examination, and any necessary X-rays or tests.
Many insurance providers in the UK cover chiropractic care, but it varies based on your individual policy. It's recommended that you check with your insurance company to understand your coverage for chiropractic treatments.
Chiropractors are considered doctors of chiropractic but they are not medical doctors. They undergo extensive training and are licensed practitioners, but their approach to healthcare is different from that of a medical doctor.
Yes, in the UK, chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) to practice legally. This ensures they meet the required professional standards of proficiency, conduct, and ethics. Both James and Sadique are registered with the GCC and the UCA (United Chiropractic Association).
Open plan adjusting is a style of chiropractic clinic where multiple adjustment tables are in one large room. This allows the chiropractor to move efficiently between patients, reducing wait times. It also facilitates a sense of community, as patients can see others receiving care.
The length of time it takes to experience improvement from chiropractic care varies significantly depending on the individual and the nature of their condition. Some people might feel better after a few sessions, while others may need several weeks or months of treatment. Your chiropractor will discuss a treatment plan with you based on your specific needs.