Chiropractic is a primary contact health care profession. This means you do not require a referral from your GP. Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and overall management of conditions that arise from problems with the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves, particularly those of the spine.
Working on all the joints and muscles of the body, Chiropractors use their hands to make gentle, specific adjustments (the chiropractic word for manipulation) to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. At the Pembroke Chiropractic and Sports Injury clinic we also utilise a wide variety of techniques to provide a customised package of care for each patient, including treatment and advice.
Julia is also trained to use other modalities of treatment, including ultrasound. As treatment progresses, rehabilitation exercises are often recommended as well.
Chiropractors are trained to recognise if a condition is outside of their scope of practice and requires treatment elsewhere, in which case, an appropriate referral can be made. Where clinically justified imaging such as X Ray, MRI or other tests may be requested.
Chiropractic can treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and is a safe form of treatment for all ages. We are not just limited to treatment of the spine. Conditions chiropractic can help with include:
Before the initial consultation you will be required to fill in some details with regards to your medical history and any current medications. Your Chiropractor will then perform a detailed case history with regards to the problem you are presenting with. Your Chiropractor will then need to see how your spine and body is moving so you will be asked to remove some items of clothing (gowns are provided). Orthopaedic and neurological tests will performed so a diagnosis can be made. If necessary you will be referred for X-rays or MRI. Usually a treatment is carried out on the first visit. You will have your diagnosis explained and the chance to ask questions. The number of treatment visits recommended will be discussed during your initial consultation.
In subsequent visits you generally remain fully clothed for treatment. The amount of treatments you require will be explained during your initial consultation. Some people find that for a chronic or reoccurring problem that regular treatment helps keep their condition under control.
Spinal discs are fibrous rings, containing a soft gel-like 'cushion', between each of your spinal bones (vertebrae). Discs cannot slip, because they are attached to the vertebrae, but the term 'slipped disc' can mean disc damage such as a bulge, a tear or rupture. The resulting pressure or irritation on the nerves that exit your spine can cause pain in your back, or 'referred' pain over an area, through which the nerves pass. Your chiropractor will explain the cause of your pain. It may not be a 'slipped disc',other structures in the low back have similar pain patterns.
No, Chiropractic treatment generally will not hurt. However in the acute stage of presentation some patients may experience an increase in discomfort. This is because the Chiropractor is addressing areas that are the root cause of the problem. This usually subsides in 24 hours and can be helped with the application of an ice pack.
Chiropractic is a regulated profession. In common with medical practitioners and dentists, all chiropractors are registered by law under the Chiropractors Act 1994 and the title 'Chiropractor' is protected under this legislation. The profession is statutorily regulated through the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practise as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. Julia is a member of the British Chiropractic Association and is registered with the GCC (Registration 03943).
The GCC sets the standards of education in chiropractic and all chiropractors must have graduated from an accredited institution before being accepted onto the Register. Chiropractors who are members of the British Chiropractic Association will have completed the minimum of a four-year full-time course that has both UK regulator accreditation and international recognition.