Chiropractic at Semington ( Trowbridge ), Chippenham and Corsham
If you would like to know more about Chiropractic this page aims to answer some of the more common questions that people ask.
For those who already know us and would like to learn more about our individual personal approach to patients of Healthcare 2000 Clinics please click What Do We Treat? and How Do We Treat? These sub-pages explain and illustrate what we do, showing our chiropractors at work in their clinics.
They are real people in a real clinical setting. By the time you have explored these pages you will have learned what to expect from them on your first visit, what to expect from a typical first examination and what to expect from a typical treatment.
Are they qualified?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession regulated by Act of Parliament. In order to practice legally Chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council which lays down standards of education, competence and behaviour. As with other regulated healthcare professions, Chiropractors are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) and to remain on the register they must submit their portfolio every year.
What exactly is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic places its emphasis on the diagnosis and management of problems affecting the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves of the body. After taking a detailed case history, performing a very thorough examination and explaining what they have found our Chiropractors will choose the most appropriate method of treatment for you as an individual patient.
Chiropractors provide a "package of care" that may include physical treatments drawn from all types of manual therapy including spinal manipulation or "adjustment", mobilisation, massage, exercise and a wide range of advice on rehabilitation, posture, activity, lifestyle and prevention.
Patients range from babies just a few days old to men and women in their nineties. Michael's youngest patient was four days old and his oldest was 101. He helped both!
Does it work?
The most compelling evidence for the effectiveness of chiropractic care relates to the management of acute, persistent and recurrent low back and neck pain, including whiplash injuries, but the care offered by chiropractors is proven to be effective for a range of other health problems. Here we list some other conditions that chiroprators routinely encounter and treat and where evidence has shown that chiropratic care is effective(1)
(1) Bronfort et al (2010). Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report
The evidence for low back pain
The following are studies and medical guidelines on low back pain
- Medical Research Council: One of the first independent studies detailing the effectiveness of chiropractic was undertaken by the UK's Medical Research Council and published in the British Medical Journal in 1990. Comparing chiropractic with hospital outpatient management, the results of chiropractic care impressively surpassed that of conventional care and were maintained in a follow-up study (British Medical Journal 1995).
- The Wiltshire Back Pain Study: In 1997 the Wiltshire Health Authority looked at the savings and benefits of chiropractic. Participating GPs referred acute back pain patients early for chiropractic. This study, involving both Chippenham Chiropractic Clinic and Hathaway Surgery, ran from November 1995 to March 1996. 344 patients were referred and compared to 194 patients, treated by GPs in the usual way in the previous four months. The published results demonstrated faster patient recovery and a quicker return to work. It saved GPs time, reduced the drugs bill and provided sickness benefit savings.
- Medical Guidelines: Evidence for the successful management of back pain with chiropractic and manipulation has been included within respected Back Pain Guidelines for two decades.
- UK Clinical Standards Advisory Group - 1994
- Royal College of General Practitioners - 1996; 1999; 2001
- European Guidelines - 2005
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines - 2009
Does it hurt?
During the early stages, you may feel a mild soreness or discomfort after a visit. It is an integral part of the natural healing process, as your body recovers its flexibility and tone. This reaction is an adaptation by the body to change, following spinal or joint manipulation. It may only last a few minutes or hours. Some patients, if not forewarned, may think they are getting worse but in fact their return to health has already started. After treatment there is a physical change affecting the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels and cartilage, all of which adapt and undergo the natural healing process.
Sometimes there may be redness or bruising if “deep soft-tissue” therapy has been applied. Disc problems may appear to get worse or “flare up” in the early stages. Where there is already underlying inflammation your symptoms may appear to be worsening. Neck treatment can sometimes give a sense of light-headedness. Occasionally a temporary headache may appear. If, however, you have any concerns, please call your chiropractor.
Am I covered by my Health Insurer?
Most of the major health insurers cover chiropractic treatment at Healthcare 2000 Clinics. Michael Copland-Griffiths is a BUPA and AXA/PPP specialist provider. Please check with us first by phoning 0800 1244417 or 01225 752199 or phone your insurer directly. Click BUPA to access his BUPA profile