Frequently Asked Questions
Although many individuals have heard of chiropractic care, many people do not know how it works or what it is about. Please see below our list of Frequently Asked Questions for further information.
What is chiropractic care?
The official definition of chiropractic according to the General Chiropractic Council, is "a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health".
Therefore, chiropractic care uses manual therapies (the hands) to treat disorders of the bones, muscles and joints. Although we use a range of techniques and treatment methods, there is an emphasis on manipulation of the spine. At Coventry Chiropractor we also offer advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle, together with providing rehabilitation exercises for patients to do in the comfort of their own homes.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractors use the main method of 'adjustment' or 'manipulation', which is the use of their hands to adjust or manipulate the spine and other areas of the body where restriction of movement is found. Chiropractors also use other therapies, such as acupuncture, massage or heat/ice packs, to help alleviate any pain felt.
Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
A chiropractic adjustment, such as spine manipulation, should not be painful. Our chiropractic team are highly qualified in treating the misaligned vertebrae without causing any form of pain or other complications. More often than not treatment such as spine manipulation actually improves symptoms of pain in many patients.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Yes, chiropractic treatment is very safe. Our team of chiropractors are highly qualified and are easily able to recognise situations where certain chiropractic treatments would not be suitable, for example when pain is caused by an infection.
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist?
Where chiropractor's use manipulation or adjustment methods to alleviate restricted movement, physiotherapists use mobilization techniques, which help to increase blood circulation and relax the affected muscle or joint. Like chiropractors, physiotherapists will also issue patients with particular exercises they can complete at home in order to aid their recovery.
If you are uncertain as to whether you should visit a chiropractor or a physiotherapist for your condition please contact our Coventry based practice and we will be happy to arrange a consultation for you as soon as possible.
Is there evidence that Chiropractic treatment works?
There is good evidence available that shows chiropractic care is an effective treatment for low back pain in particular, which is confirmed by the NHS.
There is also some good evidence that shows chiropractic care is an effective treatment for other musculoskeletal problems, such as frozen shoulder, acute back pain, chronic and acute neck pain, headaches and migraine that originates from neck pain, and knee pain.
Is chiropractic care suitable for everybody?
Chiropractic care is suitable for everyone including pregnant women and the elderly. Our team of chiropractors will work with you to ensure they create a treatment plan that will not only rid your problem, but will help to maintain your future health by incorporating relevant exercises you are able to do in the comfort of your own home.
However it should be noted Chiropractic care is not recommended for people with the following conditions:
- severe osteoporosis
- primary cancer of the bone or a secondary cancer that has spread to the bone
- poorly controlled arthritis or gout
- poorly controlled diabetic neuropathy
- compression of the nerves in the spinal cord
- Individuals taking blood-thinning medicine such as warfarin.
How long will I need to see a chiropractor for?
Upon your initial assessment a member of our chiropractic team will create a treatment plan that is based on your symptoms, how long you have experienced your symptoms for, your family history, your lifestyle and your stress levels. Once treatment commences most patients experience positive results after a few weeks or so. Once patients feel better they often see a chiropractor periodically and complete exercises at home to maintain the great work achieved.
What happens at my initial assessment?
At your first consultation a chiropractor will take a full history of your case, followed by standard orthopaedic and neurological tests. The movement of your spine and your joints will then be checked, and any necessary x-rays will be arranged to assist with diagnosis.
All BCA chiropractors are trained and qualified to take and interpret X-rays – Here at Coventry Chiropractor we have use of an X-ray facility on site, meaning we are able to arrange this diagnostic test for our patients without delay. If we identify an underlying condition you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist.
Where is the clinic located?
Coventry Chiropractor is located on 11 Park Road, Central Coventry. Please see the map for further information.