Frequently Asked Questions

What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.  This manipulation helps the body’s own impressive healing ability and allows it to function at its best. There are many significant differences between Osteopaths and Chiropractors but at C1 we’d say that if you are happy with your osteopath, and the treatment is working for you, then well done and stick with it.

What is a subluxation?

The chiropractic Vertebral Subluxation Concept is an historical concept but it remains a theoretical model.  For you and me, your chiropractor, a better way of understanding what is going on is that a joint in the spine is jammed and irritated which can lead to the nerve passing out of the spine at that point being irritated.  This can change the way its target organs function e.g. muscle weakness in the legs or, in really nasty cases of low-back compression, bowel and bladder dysfunction.  It is hypothesised that this occurs as a result of a combination of physical, emotional or chemical stress- such as an awkward working posture, stress at work or too many late nights.  These stresses can cause irritation to your nerve system causing pain and so reduce your health potential, which means you can not function at your best, which is our goal at C1.

What is an adjustment?

The chiropractor uses a carefully directed and controlled pressure in a precise direction to a joint that is not moving properly.  This often, but not always makes the sort of crack that occurs when cracking your knuckles and is, in fact the same process.  The therapeutic intent is to reduce pain and allow the joint to move correctly and so let body to begin the healing process.

How is an adjustment given?

Many different ways. It may be a quick movement or slow constant pressure. At C1 it is usually given using the hands but sometimes a tool can be used to give a different manner of adjustment depending on what is right for you at that time. Sometimes only one area may be adjusted and sometimes the entire spine will receive attention.

What is the popping sound?

The popping sound is same as a knuckle cracking. It indicates the joint has separated slightly and released normal fluids and gases in the joint.

Will I need x-rays?

Only if necessary. It depends on what the chiropractor finds after your consultation and examination. X-rays can be an important diagnostic tool and it means we don’t have to guess or take chances – similar to asking a mechanic to work on your car without lifting the bonnet. We will refer you to another clinic to take the x-rays if we require them.

How often will I need to come?

In the beginning, especially if you are in pain, you will need more frequent adjustments in order to resolve the problem and reduce your pain.  And we’ll not side-step the question, this typically means up to 2 sessions a week lasting up to 3 weeks.  Any less and it’ll rarely come right.  Once spinal function starts to return, usually resulting in the relief pain the frequency of your visits can be reduced.  Again, I’ll resist avoiding the question and say that this usually means one visit a week for about 4 weeks.  But remember ‘healing is a process and not an event’ and though we’d love to be able to get you fully functioning in one visit this is just not possible, especially if you are not addressing the stresses that caused the problem in the first place.

Our best patients continue their care as a preventative measure and come back to see us one a month or more just as a form of servicing to ensure they remain functioning really well and are pain free.

How long will it take to get well?

Healing is a process and takes time and differs from person to person, injury to injury and how you care able to address the activities that caused the problem in the first place.  If you continue to live life badly then you are, not surprisingly, going to need to see us.  So, it may take a day, it may take 6 weeks and I can be no more precise than that without actually seeing you.

How much will it cost?

This varies from individual to individual because the time to get well again differs as discussed above.  But for Chiropractic, after the initial consultation, which is £40, consecutive treatments cost £30.