When Should I see a Chiropractor?
We all have minor twinges of pain from time to time, but if pain does not ease over 48-72 hours, or it gets worse, that is the time to have it checked. If the pain is caused by some trauma, injury or fall, early assessment and if needed treatment, speeds up recovery.
What Happens at The First Visit?
During the first visit (consultation) the Chiropractor will aim to get to the root of the problem. A full case history will be taken, followed by a physical examination which will include neurological, orthopaedic and Chiropractic tests. At the end of the consultation the Chiropractor will discuss the findings and where appropriate, discuss a course of treatment.
There are times that more information may be needed such as a report, x-rays or MRI. When all information is gathered, and with your consent, treatment can commence. If your condition is found to be out with the scope of Chiropractic, your Chiropractor will offer alternative advice or referral.
When will I get treatment?
After the examination your chiropractor will normally be able to offer some treatment on the same visit as long as there isn’t any reason not to. You will not normally be offered treatment if the chiropractor needs further tests to be done first or if you need to be referred on for more appropriate care elsewhere ie. being referred back to your GP.
How Do I Make an Appointment?
For an initial consultation call us on 0131 339 9451 and speak to Pamela or Jacqui who will arrange an appointment for you as soon as possible. Normally, the same or following day. If you are covered by private health insurance, please let us know when you book your appointment. You can also reach us via our Chiropractic Health Contact Form.
Not sure if Chiropractic care is right for you?
We offer a free spinal screening appointment as an opportunity to discuss your individual case with a Chiropractor and to determine if Chiropractic can help.
Please note: There will be no treatment provided on this visit. If we are able to help with your problem, you will need to book a full new patient consultation before any treatment can begin. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to phone the clinic on 0131 339 9451 and speak to one of our team, or send us a message.
Which conditions can Chiropractors treat?
The chiropractors at Corstorphine Chiropractic use a range of techniques and modalities to provide the best care for your individual condition. We can help with a wide range of conditions, not just back pain! We normally advise on exercises, stretches and lifestyle changes alongside physical treatments to help you achieve optimum results.
- Ankle sprain
- Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Joint pains
- Hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
- General, acute & chronic backache, back pain
- Generalised aches and pains
- Mechanical neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)
- Soft tissue disorders of the shoulder
- Tension and inability to relax
If you aren’t sure if your problem can be helped by chiropractic then a free spinal screening with a chiropractor will determine if we might be able to help.
Is Treatment Safe, And Will It Hurt?
Your Chiropractor is trained to recognise any conditions preventing Chiropractic treatment, which would be identified at the time of the consultation. Treatment is individually tailored to be both safe and comfortable.
Sometimes at the start of treatment when tissues are inflamed it can be uncomfortable but that is normally short-term and it is important to follow advice you are given, such as using ice, and avoiding further irritation of the problem.
How much will it cost?
Spinal Screening – 15 mins (no treatment) – Free
Initial consultation – and may or may not include treatment – £60
Follow up appointment – £35
We have special rates for babies, children and students. Please phone the clinic to enquire.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This depends on your condition, how severe it is, and how long you have been suffering from it. Other factors are how you respond to treatment and how much of your Chiropractor’s advice you follow. We tailor an individual treatment plan for each patient to ensure you get the most from your care.
Should I Do Exercises?
Your Chiropractor will usually advise you to keep as active as you can, but doing the wrong exercises, or exercising too soon can make your condition worse. Once sufficient healing of your injury has taken place, the Chiropractor will give you specific exercises to do to strengthen and support the site of the injury.
Can You Be Too Old or Too Young to See a Chiropractor?
No, Chiropractic treatment is suitable for all members of the family. There are Chiropractic techniques specifically developed for different age groups, ranging from tiny babies to the elderly.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Although people sometimes come after a suggestion from a GP you don’t need a referral to make an appointment. Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to examine you and determine if your problem can be helped by a chiropractor, or to refer you elsewhere if not.
Can I see a Chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely! Pregnancy can be a tough time for the body. We see pregnant women throughout pregnancy and post-partum. Back and pelvic pain is especially common in pregnancy and we have special techniques which are safe to use during this special time.
Can I see a chiropractor if I have osteoporosis?
Yes you can. We have some very gentle techniques that are suitable for people with osteoporosis, or who, for other reasons might not tolerate more traditional chiropractic techniques.
I’ve had surgery before, can I still get treatment?
We often see people who have had hip or knee replacements, heart operations or even spinal surgery! We look upon each patient as an individual and always do a thorough examination to determine if we can help before suggesting any treatment. We can adapt techniques to suit the individual patient.
Is it all cracking?
Don’t worry! Although manipulation is often involved in chiropractic treatment it isn’t all we do. We have a wide variety of treatment methods we can use to help your problem. We’ll always give you a complete explanation of any treatment before we start any care with you. If you don’t feel comfortable with a suggested treatment plan, just say and we’ll suggest an alternative.
What Can I Do to Help Myself?
The most important thing you can do is to follow your Chiropractor’s advice. This may include recommendations for the amount of activity or rest you should have, applying ice to the injured area, how to lie comfortably in bed, changes in your workplace and of course prescribed exercises. To get the full benefit of Chiropractic it is very important to complete the course of treatment, not just stop when you start to feel better.