Chiropractors must be registered with GCC (General Chiropractic Council) before they can practice. They must finish 4-5 years of study at an accredited institution. Chiropractors’ areas of study include: anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology, orthopaedics, nutrition, diagnosis, radiology and pharmacology.
In order to be updated with their skills and knowledge on chiropractic care, chiropractors must complete 30 hours of Continual Professional Development yearly.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic care is absolutely safe when performed by a registered Chiropractor. For a Chiropractor to diagnose your condition and assess your needs, you must undergo a thorough examination. They will only do the adjustment if needed. Chiropractors do referrals when they believe that your case is out of their scope of practice.
How many treatments will I need?
Number of treatments varies from patient to patient. It all depends on a patient’s complaint, health, lifestyle and how they take care of their health and bodies over the years.
Some people come to the chiropractic clinic to be relieved of pain while others utilise chiropractic in another way. They choose to have ongoing wellness care to boost their health and prevent future damage. Maintaining the body’s wellbeing is much easier and more beneficial than finding ways to cure an illness.
What is the popping sound?
When you undergo spinal adjustment, you may hear a popping sound. This sound is simply a release of gas when the joint is moved. It’s the same sound that you hear when popping your knuckle. It is absolutely NOT the bones that is cracking!
You will be referred to a local x-ray service if you are required to have an x-ray. The x-rays will be reviewed and analysed by both the Radiologist and the Chiropractor. The results of x-ray will be discussed at the Report of Findings visit.
Report of Findings
Once the chiropractor has finished with the thorough examination, it will take some time for them to analyze the examination results and x-rays (if required). They will put an appropriate treatment plan based on the results of the examinations. During the Report of Findings visit, the Chiropractor will discuss to the patient the examination results and the recommended treatment plan. This is also an opportunity for the patient to ask any questions.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, GP referral is not necessary. A GP will sometimes refer patients to a chiropractor and vice versa if required.
Can I claim on my private health insurance?
Most health care insurance providers cover chiropractic care. Some providers sometimes require a referral from a GP to claim. It is recommended to contact your insurance company to check your level of cover. You are mostly required to pay for your treatment and then make your claim directly with your insurer. It is important to inform your chiropractor upon appointment if you will be claiming on insurance.