What is chiropractic?
The term chiropractic comes from the Greek words ‘cheir’ and ‘praxis’, meaning to practice using ones hands. Chiropractors diagnose and treat neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, harnessing the body’s ability to self-heal.
Chiropractic involves the gentle, safe manipulation of joints which are not moving properly to improve function and mobility. Although chiropractors have a specific interest in the neck and spine, they can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders and associated neurological symptoms.
What type of education and training do chiropractors undertake?
Chiropractors spend between 4 and 5 years in full time university study and graduate with either a BSc in Chiropractic (Bachelor of Science Degree) or an Mchiro (Masters in Chiropractic). At Cedar Tree Chiropractic our chiropractors graduated with masters degrees.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment, also known as a manipulation, is a specific technique used by chiropractors to improve the function of joints in the body and the nervous system. When joints are misaligned they do not function effectively. This can lead to stiffness, inflammation and pain. A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle way of realigning the joints to ensure optimum function.
What is the different between a chiropractor and a doctor of chiropractic?
There is absolutely no difference. Chiropractors can chose to refer to themselves by either title. At Cedar Tree Chiropractic we choose not to use the title Dr for our chiropractors as this can cause confusion between chiropractors and medical doctors. Whether a clinic chooses to use Dr or not has no reflection on the qualifications of their practitioners.
Will I have to remove items of clothing during treatments?
This will depend on your unique situation. If your chiropractor asks you to remove an item of clothing, you will be provided with a suitable gown for modesty.
Is chiropractic care suitable for everyone?
Yes! Your chiropractor will take any medical problems in to account following a thorough new patient consultation. Depending on your health and age, the techniques used to treat you will differ to achieve maximum benefit.
Our youngest patient so far was two weeks old, and our oldest is well in to their 90s. We also treat pregnant women and have a specific chiropractic pregnancy pillow to maintain your comfort.
How long will it take for me to recover?
There are many factors which contribute towards recovery times. At Cedar Tree Chiropractic, we will always tell you during your first appointment how many treatments we expect you to require.
What is the popping sound?
During treatment it is common to hear a little ‘pop’. This signifies a release of gas from a stiff joint, similar to the sensation when a person clicks their knuckles. It is safe and painless.
Are all chiropractors the same?
No. All chiropractors in the UK are registered with the same governing body (General Chiropractic Council) but techniques do differ. Our chiropractors continuously look to expand their skill-set so as to provide the most effective chiropractic technique for the individual patient. We do not believe in a one size fits all style of treatment.
What’s the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
There are many similarities between chiropractors and osteopaths. Chiropractic care often includes adjustments to release joints which are not moving as they should, and a focus on rehabilitation. Osteopaths employ techniques to mobilise joints through repeated stretching.
As chiropractors we are trained to interpret x-rays, whilst osteopaths are not.
We like to think of chiropractic and osteopathy as siblings; they come from the same family but have their own unique qualities.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
A Cedar Tree Chiropractic we encourage our patients to continue to see us occasionally for maintenance to avoid recurrence. Using postural advice and rehabilitation programmes we will give you all the tools you need to keep yourself as well as possible between appointments. We will only ever treat you when required; we do not believe in over treating injuries.
Can I be referred to a chiropractor on the NHS?
Unfortunately chiropractic care is not available on the NHS. Some health insurance companies do cover chiropractic, and we will happily discuss this with you.