What to expect
Chiropractors use manipulation and various forms of soft tissue work, as well as nutritional, lifestyle, exercise and support advice, to achieve excellent results with their patients.
By using their hands, Chiropractors adjust the joints of the spine or limbs where signs of restricion are found, improving mobility and relieving pain.
The First Visit - At the first visit the Chiropractor will begin by taking a full case history, then you will be given standard orthopaedic and neurological tests and the movement of your joints will be checked. We will also assess whether you need X rays or an MRI scan. Your condition will then be explained to you and treatment will be discussed and carried out, if necessary.
How long until I am better? Most problems need a course of treatment. Very occasionally for minor problems only a couple of treatments may be needed. The vast majority though, will need a course designed for their particular problem. The majority of treatments will be in the first two or three weeks and you may be asked to book a course of 4 sessions. As your problem improves you will be put onto a longer period between sessions until you are able to stay clear of pain and have no relapses. For those with more long term conditions, maintenance treatment may be required for the future to maintain improvement in the function of the joints. This is usually much less frequent than the initial visits.
Will I need X-rays or an MRI scan? Not necessarily, but if your problem needs further investigation or is slow to respond, these can be arranged through the Nuffield Hospital in Taunton or at your local NHS hospital or even through your own GP. MRI scans can be carried out in Bridgwater privately.
Does Chiropractic manipulation hurt? No! Chiropractic treatment is usually painless, unless the condition is acute or inflamed, in whch case treatment is always modified to your own particular level. If an area is inflamed then it may be temporarily uncomfortable for a period of 12-36 hours after treatment. This is perfectly normal and patients should not be alarmed.