Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is a very safe treatment. It is a gentle technique and can be used on small babies up to very senior people. If it is deemed that chiropractic is not suitable for the patient, a subsequent treatment type will be found, or the patient will be referred to another Heath Care Professional. Major adverse side effects are very rare. Only people with Chiropractic degrees and that are registered with the General Chiropractic Council are able to call them selves Chiropractors, so you can be assured your Chiropractor is adequately trained and insured.

Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is generally a safe treatment. Serious side effects are very rare, with less than 1 patient in 10,000 experiencing any problems. All members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society are healthcare professionals that have undergone specific training and are subject to the Society’s Code of Practice.

What are the side effects of Chiropractic?
Serious side effects are rare, but side effects that might occur after treatment include:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Increased pain

What are the side effects of Acupuncture?
After a session of Acupuncture, the following might occur:

  • Drowsiness
  • Minor bruising or bleeding at the needle puncture area
  • Pain might be experienced when the needle is inserted
  • Patients might feel faint during or after a session
  • Symptoms might temporarily feel worse

Do adjustments hurt?
Adjustments are when the chiropractor applies specific pressure or movement to a joint. It is a very quick movement and seldom hurts. Some people can react to treatment in a bad way, but many feel relief after treatment.

Does it hurt when acupuncture needles are inserted?
When the needles are inserted, there might be a small amount of pain, which usually reduces as the needle is left in. If the needle is uncomfortable, tell the practitioner who will reposition the needle or remove it.

What makes the cracking noise?
In between the joints there is lubricating fluid. When an adjustment is performed sometimes gas forms due to a change in pressure making a ‘pop’ sound.

Are all patients treated in the same way?
Different patients with different needs will be treated in very different ways. A mixture of techniques might be needed to help some patients. A treatment plan will always be discussed with a patient before and during a course of treatment.