What is the difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy?
This is a question that Adam and Ginelle are asked frequently and whilst the treatment techniques between Chiropractic and Osteopathy may vary slightly, the main aims of both professions remain the same: to reduce our patients’ pain.
Both Chiropractic and Osteopathy consist of hands on treatment that targets the structure and function of the entire body, including the central nervous system, the heart and the lungs. We often refer patients to each other if necessary and whilst most patients like to stick with one practitioner, it is not uncommon for a patient to ask to see us both for different treatment methods.
We both treat all musculo-skeletal symptoms and will be more than happy to discuss treatment options with you when you book your appointment.
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Fri: 08:15 am - 12:00 pm
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Why Should I See A Chiropractor/Osteopath?
People from ages 0-99 can benefit from our treatments. Your body is put through a lot each day from prolonged sitting, lifting and general stress. Symptoms may not be felt straight away, but with time these stresses and strains build up. Pain is your body’s alarm system to tell you that something is wrong.
Once your practitioner has helped alleviate your pain, they will advise you on preventative measures to ensure it does not reoccur.
Will I Need X-Rays
As part of your examination, it may be necessary to take an X-Ray to help with the diagnosis and to assess for certain conditions such as osteoarthritis. Also to rule out more sinister causes of your pain such as fractures or tumours. Chiropractors and Osteopaths are fully qualified to take and read X-Rays.
If your Practitioner decides an X-Ray is required, this will be discussed with you as how best to proceed.
Is Chiropractic/Osteopathy Safe?
Chiropractic and Osteopathy are widely recognised as the safest, drug-free and non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of nerve, muscle and joint complaints. Although these treatments have an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential side effects.
Most patients feel immediate relief following Chiropractic/Osteopathy treatment. However some have reported feeling a mild ache or stiffness, similar to that felt after going to the gym. The best way of preventing this is to use the ice pack recommended by your Chiropractor after treatment.
Neck pain and headaches can be treated through precise Cervical manipulations. This involves safe, gentle and specific spinal manipulation to free joints and release trapped or pinched nerves. When performed by a fully qualifed Chiropractor or Osteopath, it is a very safe procedure.
It is important to compare the risks of Cervical manipulation to those of conservative methods such as over-the-counter and prescription pain killers. The risks associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) e.g. Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen are significantly greater than those of Chiropractic and Osteopathy joint manipulation.
Does Treatment Hurt?
Often patients come to our clinic because they are in pain. This can be due to the joints, muslces or nerves being inflammed. Therefore movement in these areas may be uncomfortable. Our treatments and adjustments themselves do not hurt. Your practitioner will give you lots of advice as how best to prevent post treatment soreness.
If you have any queries or concerns, speak to your practitioner.
Are Chiropractic and Osteopathy Regulated Professions?
Just as the Medical and Dental professions, the Chiropractic and Osteopathy professions are regulated by law. A Chiropractor cannot practise without being a member of the General Chiropractic Council. Adam Kay Chiropractor is registered with the GCC. An Osteopath cannot practise without being a member of the General Osteopathic Council. Chiropractors and Osteopaths are trained in neurology, orthopedics, physiology, anatomy, clinical diagnosis (including diagnostic imaging), rehabilitation and more. Both Chiropractors and Osteopaths are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours every year of continual professional developent (CPD) to keep up to date with the latest research and techniques.
Are you covered by insurance?
We are covered by most health insurance companies for Inital Consultations and Subsequent Treatments. It is best to call your insurance company to ensure your individual policy will cover you. Please also ensure you mention to our receptionist that you wish to you insurance cover when booking your initial appointment
In most cases you do not need a GP referral, you can come straight to us. rral
Do You Offer Any Payment Plans?
Yes. Your Chiropractor will outline how many treatments you will need to correct your problem. Speak to your Chiropractor about ways to save money on treament.
Do I need to inform my GP before starting treatment?
It is not necessary to inform your GP before starting treatment with your Chiropractor or Osteopath. However with your consent, your GP will be kept updated by letter as to your diagnosis and response to care.
Do I need a referral letter from my GP to claim with insurance?
If you are claiming with private medical insurance, you may need a referral from your GP. Its best to speak to your insurance provider first as in some cases you will need an authorsation number