Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at my first visit?
Your Chiropractor will ask you focussed questions and listen to you as you describe your problem(s). They will notate pertinent information regarding it, and record other aspects of your medical history. You will then undergo a detailed physical examination, including orthopaedic and neurological testing. X-rays may be taken when necessary. Your Chiropractor will then suggest a course of action/ treatment plan, which is appropriate to your condition(s).
How long does it take?
A first visit, including treatment (where appropriate), will last approximately 40 minutes. Any subsequent treatments will last approximately 20 minutes.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Our Chiropractors are expert primary contact healthcare professionals, and as such, your health and wellbeing is our first concern. Just as Medical practitioners and Physiotherapists are registered with and regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC) and Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) respectively, all Chiropractors are registered (by law under the Chiropractors Act 1994) with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). The title 'Chiropractor' is protected under legislation and it is illegal to practice as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on your particular problem, its’ severity, and the duration of symptoms. Different people respond at different rates, and some of this also depends on your commitment to the suggested treatment programme (including doing exercises and taking lifestyle advice). Your Chiropractor will inform you of your Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment Plan once they have examined you. Generally, the more chronic (long term) your condition(s) are, it will naturally take longer to respond to treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
No, the treatment itself doesn’t and isn’t designed to cause ‘pain’. If your problem has been untreated for a while, or of an irritable nature, you may experience some discomfort during and for a short while after treatment. Post-treatment soreness can last between 24 to 72 hours, at varying intensities, if you have a condition that involves notable pain and this is expected, your Chiropractor will inform you of it and tell you how to best minimise it.
Do I need to consult my GP first?
No. Registered Chiropractors are able to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions without the need for a referral from a GP or other healthcare professional. At the Swindon Chiropractic Clinic, the majority of our patients make appointments of their own accord, or have been referred by a friend or family member. We also have many referrals from GPs, Massage Therapists and other Health Care Specialists.
Can I claim money back on my private health insurance plan?
Yes. Chiropractors at the Swindon Chiropractic Clinic are registered for treatment via most major insurance providers, including BUPA and AXA. You should check with your insurance provider for details and to confirm they will give you approval for covering your treatment costs. It is our policy that patients pay us and then claim from their insurers the reimbursement of the cost of their treatments (where possible). We are able to provide detailed receipts in order to assist in the process.
Can I have chiropractic treatment during pregnancy?
Yes. Pregnancy is a good time to have chiropractic care as your body is undergoing rapid changes that are designed to create a new being, and your musculoskeletal system is susceptible to additional stresses and strains specific to this unique situation. We have treated women throughout all stages of pregnancy, and are happy to discuss with you how this takes place, and answer any queries should you have any concerns.
Will I need x-rays?
The majority of our patients do not need x-rays. However, there are some that do, and we have a state of the art digital x-ray suite on site, should your Chiropractor decide x-rays are appropriate/necessary. This will be discussed with you ahead of time.