Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen at my first appointment?

Your practitioner will take a thorough case history and carry out a neurological and orthopaedic examination. Your practitioner will inform you of their clinical diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan and seek your informed consent prior to undertaking any treatment. You will receive treatment at your first appointment providing there are no suspected contra- indications that prevent your practitioner from doing so.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need depends on the type of condition being treated, how severe it is and how long you have had it for. Different people also heal at different rates. Your individual requirements will be discussed during your initial consultation so you will have some idea of the number of treatments required thereafter.

What should I wear?

It is suitable to wear everyday comfortable clothes. You will be provided with a gown and a pair of shorts if necessary.

Do I need a GP referral?

No. Chiropractic and Physiotherapy in private practice are primary health care professions which mean you can access your practitioner simply by ringing the clinic and making an appointment. The practitioners are trained to recognise when care is appropriate and when it is not. If your condition would be better managed by another health care professional, then an appropriate referral will be made.

Most GP’s are very happy to refer you to your chiropractor or physiotherapist, particularly if you need referral for insurance purposes. The BMA issued guidelines to GP’s in 2006 clarifying that there are no legal or ethical barriers in referring patients to chiropractors. GP’s have referred patients to Physiotherapists for many years. With your consent, we will keep your doctor informed of treatment undertaken.

Do I need x-rays or a MRI scans?

You do not necessarily need either, however x-rays can tell us a lot about the structure of the spine as well as the amount and distribution of normal wear and tear. They can also exclude other pathological processes and of course show things such as fractures. They tell us very little about soft tissue structures like ligament, muscle and the inter-vertebral disc. In the right circumstances x-rays are a valuable tool and we may request an x-ray from your GP if necessary. An MRI scan can prove very useful in the identification of problems in the back, particularly inter-vertebral discs. We have quick, direct access to local MRI facilities at competitive prices.

How can Chiropractic help?

People from all walks of life can benefit from chiropractic care, from children, through adulthood and into later years. Chiropractors enjoy treating everyone from small children to serious athletes. Using a variety of manipulative techniques designed to improve the function of joints and reduce muscle spasm, chiropractors help to relieve the particular stresses that are causing a condition to occur.

Is Chiropractic just for ‘bad backs’?

Chiropractors treat back, neck and shoulder problems as well as other joint-related conditions. A range of musculo-skeletal conditions including leg pain, Sciatica, sports injuries and postural imbalances are helped by chiropractic care.

Does Willow Brook Clinic offer Acupuncture?

Some of our practitioners are trained to use acupuncture and western style myofascial needling as an adjunct to their treatment in order to reduce muscle pain and spasm.

Can I claim money back on my private health insurance?

Chiropractors and Physiotherapists at Willow Brook Clinic are registered with most of the major medical insurance providers. Some policies require you to be referred by your GP or a consultant so it is therefore recommended that you check your policy details with your provider before undertaking any treatment.

Can children and elderly persons be treated?

Children are treated in the presence of a parent or guardian. Due care is taken with elderly patients, taking into consideration Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. A full medical history is taken on initial consultation to cover issues such as current and previous medication that may have an impact on the treatment provided.

Are Chiropractors regulated?

All chiropractors are registered, by law, under the Chiropractors Act 1994. The profession is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practice as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.

Who are the practitioners at Willow Brook Clinic registered with?

• Chiropractors are registered with the General Chiropractic Council. • Physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professions Council and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. •


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