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The answers to some of the most commonly asked questions are listed below.

If you are still unsure as to whether chiropractic is right for you, the clinic offers a 15 minute 'free screen'.

This is an informal chat to help decide if chiropractic treatment might be suitable for your condition. You will be under no obligation, but if you want to proceed, an initial consultation can then be booked.

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How is chiropractic regulated?

The chiropractors at Street Chiropractic Clinic are members of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).

The GCC is an independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate all chiropractors in the UK to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment. Their function is to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession.

The title 'chiropractor' is protected by law. It is an offence for any practitioner, not registered with the GCC, to use this title.

Checks are carried out by the GCC to check that each chiropractor receives adequate, ongoing training and that they are fit to practice.

For more information on the GCC look at the following website:

Does treatment hurt?

Chiropractic treatment is generally painless and a lot of patients report that they start to feel relief immediately.

If a person presents with moderate to severe pain, then they may experience some discomfort after a treatment. In this situation, an ice pack, or hot water bottle, wrapped in a tea towel, applied to the area may help.

This would be discussed at the time of treatment, and all patients are encouraged to contact the clinic, at any time, if they have any queries, or concerns following treatment.


How many treatments will I need?

The amount and frequency of treatment required varies from patient to patient and will be discussed during the initial consultation, after examination.

It depends on a lot of factors, e.g. the type and severity of the condition, how long it has been present and the patient's lifestyle.

General guidelines might be:

3 - 6 treatments for simple low back pain that has been present for a short period of time.

6 - 12 treatments for long-standing conditions (chronic). It may well be suggested that such a patient goes through the three phases of treatment with this type of problem (see next paragraph)

Treatment may consist of a first phase, where the aim is to get the patient out of pain; a second phase to stabilise and strengthen the area affected by the condition; and a third phase, which is aimed at preventative care.

Is treatment safe?

Yes. Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is as safe, if not safer than some alternative treatments, such as long-term use of pain killers, anti-inflammatory medication and surgery.

Any concerns about safety or suitability of treatment are addressed immediately, and if neccessary, a different approach to treatment can be employed.

What's happening when my joints "click" during treatment?

During some forms of manipulation, a clicking noise, known to chiropractors as an 'audible release', might be heard. The click is due to a change of pressure inside the joint, which causes the release of nitrogen gas bubbles from the fluid within the joint (somewhat similar to opening a bottle of fizzy drink).

How effective is chiropractic?

There is a range of scientific evidence from clinical RCTs (randomised controlled trials) that suggests that the modalities that chiropractors use can be effective for a wide variety of conditions.

A study summarising this evidence, known as the Bronfort Report, included low back and neck pain (acute and chronic), cervicogenic headaches and dizziness, whiplash associated disorders and other disorders of the extremities (limbs) as being amongst the conditions that respond well to treatment.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggests that early referral for manipulative therapy is the most effective way of treating acute and chronic low back pain.

What training do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors study at undergraduate level for at least 4 years. Subjects studied include anatomy, physiology, general diagnosis and radiology and radiography. This culminates in a Batchelor of Science degree, after which the chiropractor spends a further year studying for a postgraduate qualification.

Following graduation, all registered chiropractors (with the GCC) are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of continued professional development, every year.

Am I too old or too young to receive chiropractic care?

Chiropractors are fully trained to treat people of all ages, and treatment is specifically tailored to each individual's needs.

A variety of different techniques are avaliable to be used for the very young, or for older patients with additional underlying conditions, such as osteoporosis.

At Street Chiropractic Clinic, we have safely and successfully treated people of all ages, for over 25 years.

If unsure as to the suitability for treatment, we are always happy to offer a free, no obligation 10 minute chat, to answer any questions that a potential patient may have.

What happens at the end of treatment?

Once the initial presenting condition has been resolved, most patients are advised to continue following the advice given, to help prevent reoccurance.

In some cases, with symptoms of long duration, or those that keep recurring, it may be recommended that some patients receive so called 'maintenance care', much like you would get a once in a while check-up with the dentist.

There is evidence to show that this approach helps some people to decrease the frequency of symptomatic days, compared with a "fire-fighting" approach.

The decision to continue with maintenance care is a personal one and is not obligatory.


Is there anything I can do to help myself?

You will be encouraged to help yourself, as people that regularly perform the exercises suggested by the chiropractor, and follow their 'ergonomic' advice, respond much quicker to care.

Continuing to perform the exercises, once the symptoms have resolved, also helps to decrease the frequency of reoccurance.

What's the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?

The main difference is philosophy. Osteopaths traditionally believed that all conditions arose from problems with the vascular system, whereas chiropractors believed that they arose from problems with the nervous system.

In reality, both disciplines treat similar conditions with similar techniques, with variation from practitioner to practitioner.

All of the different types of professionals that treat musculo-skeletal conditions should subscribe to an evidenced based approach.

At Street Chiropractic Clinic, as members of the Royal College of Chiropractors, we are commited to keeping up to date with the best evidence, and providing good quality, evidence led, patient centred care.

Do I need to tell my GP I am receiving chiropractic care?

You might need to be referred by your GP if you health insurance requires it.

Otherwise, as chiropractors are primary contact practitioners, you do not need a GP referral in any other circumstance.

With your permission to do so, we may write a letter to your GP, describing your condition, examination results, or response to teatment, to keep your medical records up to date.

You can, of course, discuss this with your chiropractor at any time.


Is chiropractic covered by any health insurance providers?

Yes. Street Chiropractic Clinic accepts patients covered by most health insurance providers.

Some insurance policies require that you pay for your treatment, and then reclaim the costs. In this case the clinic will provide reciepts, and provide assistance with any administration or paperwork.

Other providers (BUPA for example) deal directly with the clinic.


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