What is Chiropractic?
We specialise in the diagnosis and drug-free management of musculoskeletal conditions. In particular we treat any functional (movement) or painful problems caused by the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons or nerves of the body.
We are well-known for treating back or neck problems, but we are qualified to treat many physical conditions in patients of all ages and abilities. If we can't help you then we will refer you to a specialist who can.
Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession which means that you can walk in off the street and we are trained to diagnose you. You don't need to be referred by your GP although we may work together with them and other professionals such as massage therapists or personal trainers.
We believe that it is far better to treat the root causes of a problem rather than mask the symptoms.
What can it help?
Chiropractic focuses on the principle that optimal movement (particularly in the spine), helps to prevent painful muscular and neurological conditions, loss of stability and strength, and injury. Combined with education, advice and appropriate exercise, chiropractic has been shown to relieve a large number of conditions including:
Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain
Generalised aches and pains
Mechanical neck pain
Minor sports injuries
Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders
Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)
Soft tissue disorders of the shoulder
Tension and inability to relax
How much does it cost?
We always try to offer the best value for our clients as possible and hope that our prices reflect our level of expertise and the excellent reputation we have gained over many years.
For more general information regarding our charges, please visit our fees page.
(normally including first treatment)
If you haven't seen us for 18 months,
or have a new complaint.
Please allow up to 40 mins
Standard chiropractic treatment for existing patients.
Please allow up to 20 mins
As well as Chiropractic techniques, we sometimes use other treatment methods to aid with your recovery and health. This can include shockwave therapy, ultrasound therapy, medical acupuncture, exercise rehab, or massage therapy.
For more information about the types of services we offer, please see What We Do, or our Contact page.
Are you a regulated professional?
All chiropractors are strictly regulated by The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to call yourself a chiropractor without being registered with them. Every year we re-register with the GCC who check that we are fit to practice, keep up with our continuous professional development (CPD) requirements, and are fully insured to treat members of the public.
Chiropractors are educated in anatomy, physiology and neurology to a four year (full time) undergraduate masters degree (MChiro) standard and must go through rigorous training before being accepted onto the register. Once qualified, chiropractors must also complete post graduate training to continually keep up-to-date with current events and techniques in the healthcare profession.
What does the treatment involve?
Chiropractors use ‘manual therapy', which consists of many different techniques which may include ‘adjustments' of the joints, typically the spine. Chiropractors train for many years to become experts in spinal manipulation where gentle, skilled and very quick impulses are applied to joints that are felt to be restricted in their movement. This helps the joint to move more freely, releases surrounding tension and at the same time can have beneficial physiological and neurological effects on the surrounding tissues.
Treatments are always tailored to your individual needs and for more sensitive patients we will often use more gentle techniques which can also be effective. We don't always ‘crack backs' and there are many different ways to get good results.
Please note: By regulation, all patients under the age of 16 must have a responsible adult present.
What happens at my first visit?
Your initial visit will usually consist of:
Step 1: A full case history
You will be asked to fill out some information about your current problem and your past medical history. Your chiropractor will then spend some time going through this with you.
Step 2: Examination
You may be asked to change into a gown. We will then carry out a physical examination testing your nerves, muscles and joints.
Step 3: Report of findings & treatment
We will discuss your problem, its possible causes, and what can be done about it. This will include your treatment plan, the prognosis and what you should expect from your first treatment if applicable.
If necessary, we may refer you for further tests such as x-rays or MRIs.