Frequently Asked Questions
How can Chiropractors help?
Chiropractors treat problems with joints, nerves and muscles and the effect they have on the nervous system. Treatment is manipulation by hand designed to improve the function of the joints and take the pressure off the nervous system, relieving pain and muscle spasm. People of all ages from babies to older people can benefit from chiropractic treatment
Is the treatment painful?
Generally chiropractic treatment does not hurt, but occasionally there might be some short lived discomfort, which passes quickly for most patients. If your problem has been there for a long time you may be sore afterwards as your body adjusts to the treatment. At Hald Chiropractic Clinic we use Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) which is a very gentle type of chiropractic.
What type of training do chiropractors have?
All Chiropractors at Hald Chiropractic Clinic are members of the BCA (British Chiropractic Association) and are registered under General Chiropractic Council (GCC) which is the statutory regulator for Chiropractors in the UK. Chiropractors are educated to a very high standard and have studied for a minimum of four years full time at an International Recommended College of Chiropractics. Topics studied include radiology and the taking of X-Rays, health science, including anatomy, physiology, neurology and bio-mechanics.
What is the BCA (British Chiropractic Association)?
The BCA was founded in 1925 and is the oldest and largest Chiropractic Association in the UK. It represents over 50%of Registered Chiropractors and was a founder member of the European Chiropractic Union and the World Federation of Chiropractic.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
Chiropractic is a Primary Healthcare Profession so you do not need to be referred by your GP. However, a number of GPs do refer directly and with your consent the Clinic will communicate with your GP about your treatment, if you so wish.
Why do some chiropractors call themselves doctors?
They are Doctors of Chiropractic, not Registered Medical Practitioners. The award of the title "Doctor of Chiropractic" is an honorary title and is made following graduation.
What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?
They are very similar in many ways and both professions are statutory regulated. Some Chiropractors take X-rays as an aid to diagnosis where Osteopaths in the main do not.
Is there evidence that Chiropractic works?
There is research which demonstrates that chiropractic treatment is both safe and effective. The website of the British Chiropractic Association, http://www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk has further information.
Is chiropractic available in the NHS?
This depends on individual Primary Care Trusts so you will have to ask your GP. Chiropractic is covered by most major Private Healthcare insurance companies, such as PPP and BUPA.
What is Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)?
SOT is a very gentle low force technique. Treatment may include adjustments of the spine, limbs and cranium.