Some GPs are able to purchase chiropractic treatment for their patients on the NHS. Many health insurance companies will now pay for chiropractic treatment. Some insurance companies require a GP referral before they will cover treatment.
Here at Emerald, we do not accept direct insurance claims. We are registered with all the Insurance companies, but you have to pay as you go, and claim the treatment costs back from your Insurance Companies.
Your practitioner will begin your first consultation by taking a full case history. You will be given standard orthopaedic and neurological tests and the movement of your spine and/or joints will be checked.
If your practitioner identifies an underlying condition for which other treatment is appropriate, you will be referred to your GP or another specialist without delay. Chiropractic can, however, be very helpful in providing additional relief even for conditions such as these.
As well as using manipulation, your practitioner may use acupuncture and other techniques, having explained exactly how they work. Chiropractors and Osteopaths do not prescribe drugs or use surgical procedures.
Your recovery is dependent on many factors – the problem, the length of time you have had it and your own commitment to any rehabilitative exercises and maintenance visits which your practitioner may recommend, plus any other complicating factors to the injury / problem.
Chiropractic and Osteopathy is suitable for everyone, including newborn babies, the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts. Once you are pain free, your practitioner will help you to maintain your own health, and keep your body working as it should, by offering exercise and lifestyle advice for you to follow in the future.
When the two surfaces of a joint are moved apart rapidly, as happens in a chiropractic or osteopathic 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 does not hurt.
These are common, general terms used to describe a multitude of conditions. Your hiropractor or Osteopath will make a more specific diagnosis and explain your condition to you.
Manipulation, when carried out correctly by a qualified practitioner, is not painful. If you have acute muscle spasm, or lots of inflammation in the surrounding tissue, 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. Your practitioner will tell you if this is likely to happen.
No. Your treatment programme will be tailored to your specific needs.
Yes. The strength of chiropractic and osteopathy is that it can help prevent discomfort, pain and even disease, and is suitable for everyone. It is entirely appropriate to visit Emerald even if you have no pain, as restrictions in movement can often be detected before symptoms appear.
Many will be wondering what the difference is between the Chiropractor and the Osteopath! In truth, there is very little differences, we both take the same problems, apply a treatment protocol to the affected area, including manipulation and muscle release, and see very similar results... The important factor is that the practitioner is well-qualified. Both professions have statutory regulation.
Both Chiropractic and Osteopathy is remarkably safe when treatment is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner. Your Clinician is trained to recognise conditions which require referral elsewhere, and can treat you even after surgery.
Your practitioner has treated you, so allowing your body to heal, but if you continue the lifestyle which caused the original condition, regular treatment should also continue, to help keep any problems at bay, prevent any recurrances of the painful episodes, and correct any problems before they become troublesome.
You cannot properly control an adjustment to yourself and your relief may only be temporary. If you feel you want to ‘crack’ your joints, it is because you need an adjustment. Phone for a consultation - 01386443999.
Particularly for low back pain, yes. The Clinical Standards Advisory Group recommended in 1994 that there should be earlier access to the manipulative therapies and a redistribution of resources within the NHS to make this happen. In September 1996 the Royal College of General Practitioners issued guidelines for GPs which recommend manipulative treatment within the first six weeks for patients with low back pain. They also state that the risks of manipulation are very low in skilled hands. Also see the research section.
References: Nilsson N, Christensen HW, Hartvigsen J, The Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache, J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997; 20:326-330 Verhoef MJ, Page SA, Waddell SC, The Chiropractic Outcome Study: Pain, Functional Ability and Satisfaction with Care, J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997, 20(4):235-240