It’s understandable to have questions about your condition and treatment.
We’ve listed the answers to the questions we get asked most frequently which we hope will help you. Of course if you have any other concerns or questions don’t hesitate in contacting us
How long will it take me to get better?
Many factors will effect how long it will take you to feel better. We treat every single patient and their current condition on a case by case basis, therefore you can be assured that your care is specific to your needs.
We have found that some patients experience relief after their first treatment while others may take longer to experience an improvement.
Some of the factors that will determine the length of time include:
- how long you have had the problem for
- your overall health and fitness
- your commitment to following the advised treatment plan
- your compliance to taking actions that are advised by the clinician e.g. following an exercise plan laid out for you
- the type of job you do
- the levels of stress you experience
All of the above contribute to the healing process and will have an impact on how long it will take you to heal.
How much will it cost?
Our fees for the treatments we provide are listed clearly on our Fees page.
Will my health insurance pay?
Chiropractic treatment at Barnes Chiropractic Healthcare is covered by all major health insurance providers including Bupa and AXA PPP Healthcare.
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath?
While there are many similarities between the two, the key differences are in the spinal techniques used by them. Read this blog page
Patients of Chiropractors often choose to have regular “preventative check-ups”. If you undergo regular dental check-ups and believe in the benefits that offers – avoiding the pain of dental problems then you will appreciate the benefits of “preventative check-ups” from a chiropractor. It means not having to wait for pain to become established – a chiropractor is skilled at detecting and treating the underlying signs of musculoskeletal problems.
Chiropractors are also qualified to take and read x-rays.
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist?
Chiropractors are uniquely placed to treat the spine and it’s relationship to the nervous system. Chiropractors receive a great deal longer training to become qualified practitioners. Chiropractors are trained to be able to diagnose and treat as primary care practitioners (a GP referral is not necessary). Chiropractors are highly trained to deliver skilled, specific manipulation called adjustments. Physiotherapists are not trained to carry out manipulation of this kind.
Do I have to have my joints cracked and does it hurt?
Joint manipulation carried out by your qualified chiropractor is not painful. For some there may be some soreness in the following hours after manipulation, but your chiropractor will advise on ways to minimise this. Of course you don’t have to have your joints cracked if you don’t like it. We use a variety of techniques that we tailor to each individual case, some of those techniques use low force and don’t involve the cracking noise eg NSA (Network Spinal Analysis), SOT (Sacro-Occipital technique) and Activator technique.
What is the popping noise?
During an adjustment you may hear a “popping” sound. The sound is a natural gas release caused by a change in pressure within the joint space that is being adjusted. It’s the same effect as when someone cracks their knuckles.
Will I be given exercises?
Our first concern when you visit us is to find out what’s wrong and find the cause of the problem. After carrying out a thorough assessment and examination we’ll explain what we’ve found, outline the treatment plan we propose and cover the benefits and any significant risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment.
The treatment plan we propose may include specific self-help exercises that will improve your rate of recovery and help reduce the risk of recurrence of your problem.
Will I have to keep coming back?
Some people feel that when you consult a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life. This isn’t true. While many of our patients chose to enjoy the long term health benefits of regular chiropractic check ups, there are some that come to us intermittently for more acute pain relief needs. Whichever route you chose we respect your decision.
From Julian & the Team at Barnes Chiropractic Healthcare
When You Need A Personalised Approach to Your Health
Barnes, Richmond and the surrounding areas in South West London