Frequenty Asked Questions
What happens at my first visit?
Your chiropractor will listen as you describe your problem. You will then generally undergo a detailed examination including orthopaedic and neurological testing. X-rays may be taken where necessary. Your chiropractor will then outline a treatment plan appropriate to your condition.
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 safety is our primary concern. 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 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 exercises and lifestyle advice. Your Chiropractor will inform you of your Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment Plan once they have examined you.
Should I take painkillers?
Painkillers may help reduce the symptoms of pain, but they don't address the cause. They may also have unnecessary side effects such as stomach upsets, drowsiness and nausea. Chiropractic is a much safer way of dealing with your pain and resolving the cause of it. The Chiropractic care we provide aims to resolve the underlying cause of pain with the objective of improving and maintaining your long-term health, without the need for painkillers.
Is the treatment painful?
No, the treatment isn't painful. If your problem has been untreated for a while, you may experience some post-treatment soreness for up to 24 hours. Your Chiropractor will explain how to keep symptoms to a minimum.
Do I need to consult my GP first?
No. Registered Chiropractors are able to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions without the need for a GP referral. At the Swindon Chiropractic Clinic the majority of our patients refer themselves, although we also have many referrals from GPs and other 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-PPP. You should check with your insurance provider for details.
Can I have chiropractic treatment during pregnancy?
Yes. Pregnancy is a good time to have chiropractic care as your body is undergoing a rapid change and may be susceptible to extra stresses and strains.
Will I need x-rays?
The majority of our patients do not need to have x-rays. However, we do have a state of the art digital x-ray suite on site should your Chiropractor decide x-rays are appropriate. This will of course be discussed with you ahead of time.