FAQ - Top of the Town Chiropractic
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FAQ

Here are some answers to questions that you may have about Top of the Town Chiropractic services. For anything else, please get in touch.

Will my Doctor approve?

Increasingly, GPs are recognising chiropractic as an effective complementary treatment, particularly for back pain. However, chiropractors are trained and registered as primary contact practitioners so you do not need a GP’s referral to visit a chiropractor.

Can I get treatment on ACC and health insurance companies?

Chiropractors can register a patient for ACC cover for an injury that has occurred as a result of an accident. Many health insurance companies pay for chiropractic treatment.

How long does treatment take?

The first consultation takes,  about 30 to 40 minutes, and a treatment session about 10 to 20 minutes, but this varies according to condition and your needs.

How long will it take to get better?

Your recovery is dependent on many factors – the problem, the length of time you have had it and your own commitment to any rehabilitative exercises and maintenance visits which your chiropractor may recommend in addition to an advised period of sustained care in order to ensure stability of improvements gained.

How often do I need to come for treatment?

An average course of treatment may entail six or eight visits over three or four weeks, but every case is assessed individually, and it is important to keep your appointments, and make regular visits. Discuss this with your chiropractor, who will explain your treatment programme to you. Beneficial changes are normally evident in the first few treatments.

What is the popping noise of the adjustment?

When two surfaces of a joint are moved apart rapidly, as happens in a chiropractic adjustment, there  is a change of internal pressure within the joint space. This cavitation may sometimes produce a gas bubble “pop” – but this sound is not significant and does not hurt. This is the ‘drama’ of manipulative therapy. Substantive positive change from treatment has nothing to do with how loud or frequent popping is sensed. So a value judgement regarding efficacy cannot be placed on cavitation – although traditionally patients have presumed a kind of reassurance having heard the ‘crack’ historically associated with traditional chiropractic and other manipulative treatment.

Have I got a "trapped nerve" or a "slipped disc”?

These are common memes used to describe a multitude of conditions. Rather as the medical remark “you’ve just got a virus” can be used to minimise patient anxiety. (Sometimes naively – ‘just a virus’, with the general knowledge prevailing today it could be an incautious minimising and misrepresenting of a true underlying situation, as tests for viruses are complex and are seldom done to follow up such a simple remark)

Regarding slipped discs and trapped nerves, your chiropractor will make a more specific diagnosis and explain your condition to you. Approximately 2% only of back problems are due to a demonstrable ‘slipped disc’ – requiring an MRI (plain X-rays are evidentially insufficient) and other physical testing to identify and confirm.  “Trapped nerves” is a kindred expression and requires specific definition to be sensible terminology. However, condoned by common usage, slipped disc and trapped nerves, when so described, means we all (kind of) know what everyone is talking about.

Will treatment hurt?

Manipulation (chiropractor’s use the term adjustment), when carried out correctly by a qualified practitioner, is not painful. If you have acute muscle spasm, when even the lightest touch hurts, there may be some discomfort. Sometimes, if you have a chronic problem, you may feel sore whilst your body starts to adjust. Your chiropractor will tell you if this is likely to happen.  At the point of delivery, chiropractic is not a painful therapy, any more than it is a direct, mostly hands-on, intervention into an area already sore or uncomfortable. Whenever possible, speed, technique, direction and expertise are designed to minimise potential additional discomfort. Talk to your chiropractor if you have concerns.

What are your fees and how can I make an appointment?

All fees and appointment information can be found here.