Is there Parking at Neath Port Talbot Chiropractic Clinic?
There is FREE Parking directly outside the gym.
How long are the appointments?
Initial Consultation, Examination including 1st Treatment = 1hour
Treatments = 20 – 30 minutes
Do I receive treatment on the 1st visit?
On most occasions yes, depending on the complexity of the case and whether further investigation is warranted.
Who can benefit from Chiropractic Care at Neath Port Talbot chiropractic Clinic?
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for most people, including teenagers, the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts. If chiropractic isn’t suitable for you, Dr Mike will explain this to you and refer you to the appropriate professional who could help you.
What is the popping noise of the adjustment?
When the two surfaces of a joint are moved apart rapidly, as happens in a chiropractic adjustment, there is a change of pressure within the joint space. This may sometimes cause a bubble of gas to ‘pop’ (a cavitation) – but this sound is not significant, and does not hurt.
Will treatment hurt?
Manipulation, 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 had a problem for some time, you may feel sore whilst your body starts to adjust. Your chiropractor will tell you if this is likely to happen.
Are all patients adjusted in the same way?
No. Your treatment programme will be tailored to your specific needs.
Can you adjust yourself? Is there anything wrong with you ‘cracking ‘ your neck or back yourself?
Although usually harmless, you cannot properly control an adjustment to yourself and can result in spraining the joint capsules. In addition, the adjustment is unlikely to be very specific and your relief may only be temporary. If you feel you want to ‘crack’ your joints, it is because you need an adjustment. Consult your chiropractor!
Why should I return to the chiropractor if I’m feeling fine?
Any dysfunction of your spine and posture usually builds up over time due to lifestyle habits before you even experience pain. Your chiropractor has treated you, so allowing your body to heal, but if you continue the lifestyle which caused the original condition, then the problem will usually return. This is why regular check-ups are so important to prevent any small issues developing into anything more troubling. The better you look after your spine and manage your lifestyle, the less you will have to see your chiropractor.
Is chiropractic treatment safe, even if I’ve already had surgery?
Chiropractic is remarkably safe when treatment is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner. Your chiropractor is trained to recognise conditions which require referral elsewhere, and after assessing individual circumstances can treat you even after surgery.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies with each patient and their individual health goals, but most patients fall between 4 and 12 sessions over a period of 2 weeks to 4 months. Some patients take slightly less and others slightly more.
The Phases of treatment are:
Initially, many patients experience an improvement within the first few weeks of treatment.
During the initial phase (RELIEF PHASE) treatments are twice weekly. Once we review your progress accordingly, you will likely progress into the rehabilitation phase.
During this phase, treatments become less frequent (every week progressing to once a fortnight while your joints, muscles and nervous system start to stabilise.
Following a further review patients are recommended to follow a series of MOT sessions once a month while your injury is healing correctly (See Healing Times Below).
In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years. How long you choose to benefit from our care is always entirely up to you.
How long until I feel better?
Until you have been accessed it is difficult to suggest a recommended recovery period, as everyone is unique. Some patients experience instant relief, while others can take week or months.
Disc Injuries Take 6 -18 months to heal
Ligament & Tendon 3-6 months to heal
Muscle 6 weeks to heal
It does not mean you will be in pain this long, however ‘pain free’ and ‘functioning correctly’ are different. Many factors can also affect your healing process.
How long you have had the problem
How severe it is
Do you keep with the suggested care plan
Previous Health History
Proper exercise, rest, nutrition
How committed you are to getting better – i.e. do you stick to the recommendations of the chiropractor.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
How long you receive chiropractic care is entirely up to you, however, following the healing timeline above it is recommended you receive care for the length of the healing process above.
Many of our patients, even after the completed healing process, choose to continue with MOT care to prevent relapses, maintain improvements and keep the nervous system functioning at its best.
Our job is to offer the very best care while you decide how much you would like to benefit from it.
Will I ever be normal again?
Patient results vary. Many report tremendous improvements and are able to totally resume their previous levels of activity. People who have neglected themselves for too long or have delayed seeking care often see slower progress. After improvement, many patients discover that periodic chiropractic check-ups can help avoid a relapse.
Will my Doctor approve?
Yes. Chiropractic is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which produces guidelines for GPs. Chiropractors are commissioned by the NHS to provide services for people suffering from neck and low back pain. Chiropractors are governed by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) in a similar way in which GPs are governed by the General Medical Council (GMC), and it is illegal for a Chiropractor to practice without registration with the GCC, and without adequate professional indemnity insurance.
Will I need an X-Ray?
X-rays are only taken when clinically necessary.
Should I get hold of my old X-Rays or other scans?
Previous scans / reports would be helpful especially if they occurred in the last 5 years. Your GP could help get them for you.