What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neuro-musculoskeletal problems. This means problems with the nerves, bones, joints and muscles. A chiropractor will look at the whole body, not just the specific site of pain or irritation to fix the cause of the problem.
Your chiropractor will create a management plan specifically designed for you.
Follow up appointments take approximately 30 minutes, and both early morning and evening appointments are available, so are easy to fit around a busy schedule. We are dedicated to providing chiropractic care and improving your well being through a healthy spine and nervous system. Our aim is to not only relieve you of your symptoms and address the underlying cause of your problem, but to provide maintenance, ensuring any further stresses or issues are picked-up before they become an issue or repeat of your original condition.
Chiropractic is a method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve the alignment of your skeleton. The purpose of chiropractic care is to realign and rebalance your body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility.
Did you know that it may be beneficial to have your spine checked at regular intervals by a registered chiropractor?
Chiropractic is the third largest health care profession in the word and is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the muscles, bones and joints together with the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999). Chiropractors may also use other joint and soft-tissue manipulation, and include exercise, health and lifestyle counselling.
Chiropractic offers a natural means other than drugs or surgery to being pain free.
Reduced spinal function can be the result of poor posture, lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity, accidents, falls and disease. Chiropractors are trained to use their hands to make adjustments to the joints and muscles and to give advice to help patients improve their general wellbeing.
Chiropractic is regulated under the Chiropractors Act 1994 and every chiropractor must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council.
What happens when I visit a chiropractor?
A full case history and examination will be undertaken together with laboratory testing and X-rays if required to enable the chiropractor to make a diagnosis. Sometimes it is necessary to refer the patient to their general medical practitioner if the condition is not appropriate for chiropractic management. You will always be treated with respect and dignity and if it is necessary to remove clothing, you will be offered a gown to wear. Your information will remain strictly confidential. The chiropractor will discuss an appropriate treatment plan with you and answer any questions.
What conditions could chiropractic treat?
- Mechanical neck pain
- Neck stiffness and soreness
- Neck pain caused by poor posture or awkward sitting positions
- Neck pain caused by tension in the neck or shoulders
- Headaches (of cervicogenic origin)
- Rotator cuff injuries, diseases or disorders; soft tissue disorders of the shoulder; shoulder complaints, dysfunction, disorders and pain
- Elbow pain and tennis elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
- Short-term management of ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis
- General aches and pain, including those of joints, muscle spasms and cramp
- Minor injuries from sport
What Benefits can be Expected?
Chiropractic is safe and gentle enough to be used on people of all ages and condition from the elderly, bablies/ children and pregnant women.
How many sessions will you need?
If you have not had treatment before, then on average you may need between two and ten treatments. But this will also be dependent on a number of factors, e.g:
• Your age
• The nature of your condition
• How long you have had the problem
•What you do following treatment
I want to come, but I am not sure if you can help me?
If you are anxious why not take advantage of our free 15 min consultation where you can meet the doctor and get answers to your questions, before you commit to treatment.
How much will it cost?
It depends on what is wrong with you and how long you have had the condition. We are covered by BUPA/PPP and Simply Health insurance policies to name a few. The chiropractors can give you a more appropriate answer when they have examined you. We also have a discount system for families who come together to the clinic.
Is the information I give during the consultantion confidential?
Yes, we treat the information you provide with complete confidence.
When the initial goal has been achieved, many patients continue to attend at regular intervals, in order to maintain their improved function and pain-free state.
If you are worried about your issue recurring and would like to work towards strengthening muscles and joints or increasing flexibility and range of movement then rehabilitation may be an option for you.
Rehabilitation or ‘rehab’ is a course of exercise therapy that is built around your specific needs and ability. This will be discussed during your treatment depending on your requirements.
The World Health Organisation philosophy, we believe that good health is not just the absence of pain or disease, but a positive sense of physical, emotional and mental well-being. The more balanced the body is, the better it will cope with the stresses of daily living, as well as with unexpected trauma. Further information can be obtained via the McTimoney Chiropractic Association website www.mctimoney-chiropractic.org.
Hampshire Chiropractic and Sports Massage offers substantial discounts to corporate organisations. Please contact us if your business is committed to improving its employees’ health and you would like to talk about arranging a corporate rate or an on-site spine check.
We ask that you give as much notice as possible when cancelling appointments. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice and we are unable to fill your appointment, you may still be charged.
Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system.