Do I have a slipped disc or a prolapsed disc?
Both terms mean the same thing. A disc cannot slip or pop out. Pressure on weak or unhealthy discs can cause the outer ligaments to stretch and the central jelly-like cushion to bulge out. More pressure can lead to the “jelly” pressing against or irritating a nerve, causing severe pain in your back or lower down.

Do I have lumbago?
Lumbago is just another word for lower back pain.

Will I need spinal surgery?
Some patients will have symptoms which require them to be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon who can refer them for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image) scan. Only the results of the MRI scan can determine whether surgery is necessary, or whether your condition can be treated by a chiropractor.

There are no age restrictions. We have treated patients up to 94 years of age (with musculoskeletal aches and pains), with good results.

Does it work? Is there any proof?
Yes, and yes again. The effectiveness of chiropractic care for back, neck and other referred pain as well as headaches is supported by a substantial amount of research evidence from the UK and US as well as by UK government and medical organisations. Large, multi-centre trials in 1990 and 1995 have compared chiropractic and medical management of back pain. References quoted. Meade et al (1990 and 1995) British Medical Journal.

Will the treatment hurt?
The treatment is not usually painful. Some patients are surprised by the sudden movements the chiropractor makes while readjusting the spine, but these should not hurt. There may be some short-term discomfort if you are already in acute or severe pain. Some patients find it relaxing and many certainly enjoy the relief it brings!

Are Chiropractors really doctors?
Chiropractors do not hold medical degrees, so they aren’t medical doctors. However, they do have extensive training in Chiropractic care and are licensed practitioners. Chiropractic does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery.

You are in safe hands; Chiropractic has international standards. Only those who are registered with the General Chiropractors Council can call themselves Chiropractors and they must have a suitable degree or pass a test of competence to be accepted. Members of the British Chiropractic Association must follow a minimum four-year degree course, undergo supervised hands-on training and must re-register every year.

Do Chiropractors use X-rays?
Yes, chiropractors are fully trained to take and read X-Rays, which they use to help diagnose the problem. Many chiropractors have X-Ray facilities on site.

How long will it take to fix my problem?
It is very difficult to give a precise time for total recovery, as every patient is different and recovers at a different speed. It is not a miracle cure that will fix you in just one session! It depends on factors such as:

  • Nature of the condition
  • Duration of the condition
  • Tissue damage
  • Cause of the condition
  • Occupation
  • Overall body status
  • Desire to get better (positive mental attitude)
  • Commitment to the treatment programme
  • Age – younger people tend to heal more quickly
  • Home exercises and stretching
  • X-Ray findings indicating any wear and tear changes

Will I always have to see a Chiropractor?
To maintain good health, we recommend that you have periodic check-ups, just like you do at the dentist, or with a car service. Two to three visits a year will help you keep your spine in good working order.