- What is chiropractic?
- What does the treatment involve? What treatments will you use?
- What should I wear?
- How long do sessions last?
- What if I need to cancel an appointment?
- Do I need to see my GP first?
- Will chiropractic treatment hurt?
- How effective is manual therapy (chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy)?
- Can I use my private medical insurance?
- How many sessions will I need?
- Can I stop treatment at any time?
- Are you General Chiropractic Council registered?
- Can I give you feedback?
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a treatment used to help with the pain relief, healing and rehabilitation of most musculoskeletal conditions. It is appropriate for a range of muscle, joint and nerve problems.
Traditional chiropractors only use spinal manipulation to treat their patients. At Pro Performance, our chiropractors use spinal manipulation plus a wide variety of other modern treatments and rehab techniques. This unique combination delivers effective and lasting pain relief for a number of conditions.
As well as various treatments we will also advise you on lifestyle changes and teach you simple exercises to avoid a relapse. If we consider it appropriate, our chiropractors may refer you to our network of leading orthopaedic surgeons, pain specialists or rheumatologists for further investigation.
What does the treatment involve? What treatments will you use?
At Pro Performance your treatment plan is personalised to suit your individual condition. On your first visit, your chiropractor will take a full case history and physical exam. They will explain your condition and proposed treatment plan to you in plain English, if you have any questions then feel free to ask.
The treatment techniques you will receive will vary greatly depending on your condition and personal situation. For example, we won’t use acupuncture if you hate needles. Here is a list of the modern techniques we use,
Medical acupuncture (Dry needling), neuro-muscular re-educationTM (NMR), active release techniqueTM (ART), joint manipulation/adjustments, joint mobilisation, myofascial stretching, orthotics, joint strapping/taping, ultrasound, core stability rehab, corrective exercise training, proprioceptive feedback training, video analysis feedback, weight loss planning and exercise advice.
If you want to discuss any of the techniques further, just ask your chiropractor.
What should I wear?
Chiropractors need to visually assess your injury, using movement and postural analysis. As well as move different areas of your body, so these need to be accessible and visible. You can arrive in your normal clothes, then change when you arrive at the clinic. We will always ask your permission before we examine/treat an area and we will preserve your dignity using towels or gowns at all times.
Males: Our male patients are mostly comfortable undressing down to their boxer shorts. We can also provide a gown if you would prefer.
Females: Our female patients generally feel comfortable wearing a provided backless gown, over underwear. Although many prefer to bring a pair of shorts and a vest top/sports bra instead. Please choose which ever makes you feel most comfortable.
How long do sessions last?
First appointment: This may take up to 1 hour and will involve a full assessment, explanation of your condition and treatment plan, the opportunity to ask questions and normally your first treatment (if appropriate).
Follow up treatments: These are 30 minutes, this allows us enough time to work all aspects of your condition.
Personal rehabilitation: 1 hour. This involves a one on one exercise session where you will be shown advanced exercises to improve your condition.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
We strongly recommend you keep to your original treatment plan. If you cancel or miss appointments then your condition will not improve as planned. Some of the effects of treatment are temporary and require repeated sessions to have a long term effect.
If you must cancel or change your appointment with less than one full working day’s notice, the full treatment fee will be charged.
If you use private medical insurance you may require a GP’s referral, depending on your individual insurance policy. You should always check with your insurance company before attending your first session.
If you are in severe pain and need immediate help today, you may wish to pay for your first session up front and contact your insurance company asap to authorise your treatment.
Will chiropractic treatment hurt?
Chiropractic joint manipulation is normally pain free. However, if you are already in a lot of pain with your condition, some treatments may be uncomfortable. If a particular treatment technique is too intense for you, let us know and we’ll use gentler techniques. Your chiropractor will give you advice on what to expect during and after treatment. If you have any questions, please discuss them with your chiropractor.
How effective is manual therapy (chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy)?
In the vast majority of cases, manual therapy is considered extremely effective for appropriate conditions. Research suggests that manual therapy and rehab significantly improve the recovery and long-term prevention of these conditions.
The amount of treatment required will vary from person to person. Generally, we like to see improvements within 6 sessions. If we aren’t seeing clear signs of improvement, we won’t keep treating you unnecessarily. We’ll explain what’s happening with your condition and refer you to our leading specialists for further investigation.
We are covered by Bupa, Vitality, WPA, Van Breda, Standard Life, Simply Health, Cigna, Aviva, Groupama and most other high-quality international insurance companies.
Please note that we no longer accept Axa PPP or Axa Global insurance. They reduced the fee they paid us to just £35 per session. As a London based clinic with high overheads, this fee barely covers our costs. You are still welcome to self-pay or use ANY other insurance company.
How many sessions will I need?
Your chiropractic treatment is tailored to your individual needs, so it varies from person to person. At the first appointment, your chiropractor will advise you how many sessions you will need to fix the problem.
You can be assured at Pro Performance Clinics, you will not be over or under-treated. We always focus on getting you better, then giving you all the tools you need to keep it that way.
Can I stop treatment at any time?
It saves you time and money in the long run if you complete all aspects of your treatment plan. Stopping before your injury has fully healed can lead to a relapse, this means your pain is likely to return and your treatment will need to start again.
Some of the effects of treatment are temporary and require repeated sessions to produce a long term effect. One common misconception is that no pain equals no problem. This is simply not the case and unless the underlying cause of the pain is addressed, the pain will inevitably return.
If you feel treatment is not achieving the results you anticipated, discuss this with your chiropractor as they may be able to offer an alternative treatment plan that would suit you better.
If you do stop treatment for any reason, you are welcome to return to Pro Performance Clinics at any point in the future.
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Can I give you feedback?
We are a clinic that is centred around you, so any feedback you have (good or bad) is welcomed. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to your chiropractor in person. We love hearing from you, that is how we improve our clinic for the people that matter most…our patients.