Adult Chiropractic: Frequently Asked Questions

How qualified is my Chiropractor?

Every person that calls themselves a chiropractor in the UK must be on a Government Register (with the General Chiropractic Council – GCC). In other words, as the Profession has statutory Regulation, each Chiropractor in the UK will have undergone a minimum amount of training and will have a recognised qualification. Usually Chiropractors train for four to five years, with three or four years intensive pre-clinical education, followed by a clinical year. The training usually leads to Bachelors and/or a Masters degree qualification. Once fully qualified, Chiropractors are required to undergo Continual Professional Development by attending courses to keep ahead of the latest techniques, research and protocols. Without this, they cannot stay on the Government Register.

What is an adjustment or joint manipulation?

Chiropractor adjusting patientA chiropractic adjustment is the application of a specific force in a precise direction, to a discrete joint, by hand, in order to restore its normal motion, reduce muscle spasm and alleviate associated pain.

Will treatment hurt?

Generally, a chiropractic adjustment does not hurt – although there may be some minor discomfort which quickly passes. You will normally find that follow-up treatments are much more pleasant, as your symptoms improve and many people experience a feeling of general well-being after an adjustment. If you find that you do not like the adjustment or joint manipulation we can use a different technique, often used for children, called an ‘activator’. Some patients prefer this type of treatment. Our chiropractic table is also designed for various different gentle adjustment techniques. Your chiropractor will adapt the treatment to suit your needs and preference.

How many treatments will I need?

This really varies according to the specific condition. We are all individual and we treat each case individually. Each person has different influencing factors, that have brought them to the clinic: lifestyle factors, ergonomic issues, trauma or maintenance of good health. We take that and your individual goals into consideration before embarking on a Treatment Programme, in co-operation with you, the patient.

How long do the treatments take?

Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic Adult treatmentYour Initial consultation will take 45 minutes to an hour. This will include a full spinal, orthopaedic and neurological exam and will be followed by a Report of Findings and often treatment. On some occasions the chiropractor may send you for an X-ray or MRI prior to starting treatment or if necessary refer you back to your GP. Subsequent treatment will take 20 minutes or longer if the Chiropractor feels it is necessary. If you are not used to Chiropractic treatment, this may seem fairly quick, however this is completely normal for a Chiropractic Treatment and is ample time for the adjustments, and/or soft tissue work, Acupuncture, exercises etc.

How do I prevent a re-occurrence? Will it come back?

We will teach you how to look after your spine between treatments, however following the treatment programme through is crucial. You will be given an individual exercise programme to follow which you can keep in the information pack you receive when you first visit the clinic.

It is important to remember there is no ‘miracle cure’ for musculoskeletal pain. Once you return to your normal lifestyle activities, there is a possibility that daily postural strain will start to affect your body again. Success relies on commitment and effort on your part.

Most patients choose to keep up check-ups once they feel better. this will definitely ensure any potential problems are likely to be nipped in the bud. It is always up to you how long you choose to benefit from Chiropractic treatment.

What if I need to see a specialist?

We have an excellent network base of specialists that we are more than happy to refer to if we feel it will help in improving your health and wellness. Our network includes Podiatrists, Orthodontists, Orthopaedic, Pain Management and Rheumatology consultants and Physiotherapists.

Will I need an X-Ray?

Hampstead Chiropractic Xray and MRIWhether you will need an X-Ray or MRI will depend entirely on your individual case. We do not routinely X-Ray everyone, but instead evaluate your case and will only X-Ray if it will affect the management of your condition/injury. If one is needed we usually refer you to the London Imaging Centre, an Imaging facility based on Wimpole Street (only 5 mins from Bond Street station, 10 mins on the Jubilee line from the clinic).

As members of the British Chiropractic Association, we receive an exclusive rate of £85 for X-Rays, whatever the area. If an MRI scan is needed, we can request a scan, with report, varying from £199-£350 depending on when it is taken.

What happens if I have Private Health Insurance?

The first thing to check is if you need a GP referral for treatment (most Insurance companies require this). However, most companies accept that it is not always easy to get see a GP at short notice so either may give you permission to go ahead with the first visit or expect you to pay for this with your own means. Once the Insurance company has given you a claim number, we will invoice the company directly on your behalf. Please bring in proof of your Insurance acceptance as appropriate.


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Providing High Quality Chiropractic in North London Since 2004

We are friendly Chiropractors in North London, NW3. Ideally situated close to central London, we have parking space and are just a few minutes' walk from Finchley Road tube station and Finchley Road and Frognal overground, linking us to Canary Wharf and the City.

Our chiropractic patients are typically from the North West London area but also travel from far afield due to our good results, appointments that aren't rushed and our attention to our patients.