General Chiropractic Council

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Royal College of Chiropractors Charles Westcott - Wellsway Chiropractic Clinic British Chiropractic Association


Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic has far fewer risks than many other comparable disciplines. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Very rarely manipulation of the neck has been linked with strokes. Data varies, but current information suggests the incidence is less than 1: 1,000,000 treatments. Further data suggests that incidence is 1:5,870,000 treatments. To put this in context, significant risk for any therapeutic intervention is defined as 1 incident, in every 10,000. (Data obtained from the British Chiropractic Association).

Does it hurt?
No, chiropractic treatment generally is not painful, when performed by a qualified professional. If acute muscle spasm is present over the area to be treated, you may feel some short-term discomfort. If your problem has been untreated for a long time, you may experience some post-treatment soreness. This will soon pass as your body begins to adjust. Your chiropractor will be able to tell you if this is likely to happen and how to minimise any discomfort.

How soon will I feel better?
This will depend on the individual problem, how long you've had it, how bad it is and how many areas and tissues are affected. Whilst every patient reacts differently, your chiropractor will be able to advise you on your likely recovery time. In most cases you will feel a definite change for the better early on in your treatment plan. Most patients do express feeling 'better' or 'lighter' after just one or two treatments, but in general, the longer you've had it, the longer it will take to resolve. Your commitment to the recommended treatment plan, home exercises and any diet or lifestyle adjustments will also determine your treatment outcome and your long term benefits from chiropractic care.

How often do I need to go?
The number of treatments you will require, will depend on several factors. Your specific health problem, how long you have had it, how severe it is, and how many areas and tissues are affected. Your individual treatment needs will be determined during your initial consultation. Many patients opt for maintenance care once they feel better again. Again the frequency of maintenance visits will depend on a number of factors, but generally maintenance visits are six monthly, but some patients need treatment a little more frequently.

Will I be given drugs or injections?
No, with chiropractic treatment no drugs or surgery is involved. Chiropractic care employs a holistic, natural approach to health. Chiropractic works by identifying the underlying cause of the problem and correcting it, rather than just masking it with painkillers. Chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints of your body. Instead of putting something in or taking something out of the body, the inborn power of the body to heal itself is restored. Painkillers may make you feel less pain, but they do not address the cause of the problem, and can have serious side effects. One of the first aims of chiropractic pain management is for the patient to be able to function normally without pain and without painkillers.


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