1. How long does a session last?
A new patient appointment lasts around 90 mins and all follow up appointments are 30 mins.
2. Do I need permission from my GP to see a chiropractor?
No, you do not need permission however it is always a good idea to mention to your GP that you are receiving Chiropractic Care so he/she is aware of other modalities of care you are receiving.
3. Do I have to take my clothes off?
You will be asked to remove your clothes down to your underwear and a treatment gown will be provided to you to protect your modesty.
4. Does Chiropractic hurt?
The McTimoney Technique is a very swift and dexterous technique. Should you require an adjustment in an area that is already painful prior to the treatment there maybe some discomfort during the very quick adjustment but it is not chiropractic that is painful to receive but the area being treated that is already sore. Most people are surprised at how gentle the technique is!
5. How will I feel after the treatment?
You may feel all or any of the following:
- a little achy or sore following the treatment or a few hours after the treatment.
- your symptoms may be temporarily aggravated as your body responds to the treatment it has just received.
- a little emotional.
Post treatment symptoms vary considerable between patients. Some people do feel achy for a couple of days and some people experience no discomfort at all. Either way is completely normal and just your body’s way of coping with the changes that have taken place. If you are concerned about any of your post treatment symptoms please contact me.
6. Can I carry on normal activities after the treatment?
- Do keep yourself mobile in particular over the first 48 hours following the treatment. However avoid and strenuous activities (running, gym, sports, yoga). It is important that you allow your body time to respond to the treatment in order for it to have the best effect, so please allow your body this time despite wanting to jump back into all your ‘normal’ activities!
- Avoid hot baths/showers for 48 hours (lukewarm is perfect!)
- Drink plenty of water.
- Follow any other advice that I may give you regarding your presenting symptoms eg computer set up, posture, bag carrying, use of pillows etc…these are often the things that may have contributed to your presenting symptoms in the first place so they must be addresses in order to hopefully stop them recurring.
7. How many treatments will I need?
This answer varies considerably! It is very much dependent on you, your lifestyle, work, your presenting symptoms and how much of the advice you follow. On average most people need between 2-6 treatments with varying gaps between each appointment. Once you are feeling better it is recommended that you have regular maintenance check ups every 4-6 months.
8. How do I pay?
You pay after each treatment. At present this is by cash or cheque. I am in the process of setting up card payments and hope to be able to offer this facility soon.
9. What if I have insurance?
No problem. Its always a good idea to call your insurance company prior to your appointment to find out exactly what they require as from experience each one can vary slightly. You will still pay after each treatment but you will be provided with a receipt for you to claim back from your insurance company. If I need to sign a claim form, please be sure to bring it with you to your appointment.
10. I used to see a different chiropractor, do I still need to have the long first appointment?
Yes. As this will be our first appointment together it is important that we complete a fresh case history and we have the time to talk about your presenting symptoms and complete any necessary tests. It is sometimes useful to have a copy of your old notes so if you know your previous chiropractors contact details then with your permission we can obtain a copy of your notes. You will just have to sign a release document.
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