Hedge End Chiropractic
Frequently Asked Questions

What are ‘adjustments’? – Adjustments are small, quick stretches that help to improve the range of motion of joints. They may be associated with a small ‘popping’ sound.

What causes the popping sound during adjustments? -  When the two surfaces of a joint are moved apart rapidly, as happens in a chiropractic adjustment, there is a change of pressure within the joint space. This may sometimes cause a bubble of gas to 'pop' - but this sound is not significant, and usually does not hurt.

Do adjustments hurt? – Adjustments, when carried out correctly by a qualified practitioner, should not be painful. If you have acute muscle spasm, when even the lightest touch hurts, there may be some discomfort. Sometimes, if you have had a problem for some time, you may feel sore whilst your body starts to adjust.

Are all patients treated the same way? - No. The doctor evaluates each patient's unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care.

Does treatment always involve manipulation?- No. Chiropractic treatment varies depending on the patient. Other treatments used may include soft tissue work, myofascial dry needling, ultrasound, mobilisation and stretching.

Do I have to be referred by a doctor? - No. Chiropractors are Primary Health-Care Professionals, like Dentists and Opticians.

Do doctors approve of chiropractic? - The majority of general practitioners see chiropractic as a valuable complementary science.

Is chiropractic safe after surgery? – Usually ‘yes’ and can be very effective. However, each case will be assessed individually. Occasionally after back surgery pain and stiffness return, as other areas of the spine compensate for the weakened area. Gentle Chiropractic techniques on the areas above and below the surgery site can help increase mobility, enabling the body to compensate and adapt to these changes.

Is it ok to see a Chiropractor if I'm pregnant? - A woman's body changes dramatically during pregnancy and this can be a time of stress for the body. Additional pressure is place on all the soft tissues including the muscles, ligaments, joints and discs leading to a possible increase in tension, discomfort and pain. By correcting biomechanical imbalances, Chiropractic can help assist the body to adapt to these changes by improving flexibility and movement within the spine. Chiropractors adapt their technique to accommodate the changes in the mother's body shape and range of movement throughout the pregnancy.

Can you help me improve my sporting performance? - Restoring optimum function to your body often results in better sporting performance.

Can money for treatment be claimed back with health insurance schemes? - Yes. Chiropractors are registered for insurance with major health insurance companies including, AXA-PPP, Norwich Union and HSA.

What is a ‘Slipped’ Disc? - 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 (protrusion), a tear or rupture (prolapse/sequestration). 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. Sciatica, for example, is leg pain caused by nerve irritation or pressure in the lower spine. Your chiropractor will explain the cause of your pain - it may not be a 'slipped disc' as many other problems have similar pain patterns

How much do you charge? - Our normal prices are:

New Patient Consultation - £45 (£35 children/students)

Treatment - £35 (£30 Children students)

Sports Massage - £40 1 hour, £25 half hour.

****Current Special offer for a limited time only - Initial consultation only £20****