Your Follow-up Appointments
Chiropractic adjustments involve safe, often gentle, specific movements, done by hand, to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Most often this requires a short thrust to a joint that can result in an audible 'crack' and may bring relief to symptoms as well as an increased feeling of well-being. The 'crack' is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released.
Will it hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments are generally painless, however, if you are in a lot of pain, the movement involved can cause some discomfort. Your chiropractor will discuss what they are doing as they do it, and will ask for feedback from you. If something feels too painful, they will use a different technique to ensure your comfort at all times.
Keep to your plan of care
You will be given an individual plan of care, which will recommend the number of sessions your chiropractor expects you will require, and the frequency with which you should attend for these appointments. This will be based on what, in their professional opinion, will get you better the quickest, with the most lasting effects. Therefore, if you need to reschedule an appointment, please do arrange another as soon as possible to stick to the plan as closely as you can. This really is in your best interests.
Give it time
Proper healing takes time. Regular visits over several weeks are often needed to correct underlying problems that may have been developing for years. Like going to the gym or changing your diet, the best results are seen after sticking at it for a while.
Take your chiropractor's advice
Your chiropractor will give you advice on how to manage while you are still in discomfort, and how to maintain your improvement once you are better and reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence. They will also give you various stretches and exercises that they feel will be helpful to your condition. Following this will help you get the most out of your treatment and prevent the problem from reoccurring.
All of our chiropractors believe that you should be involved in every aspect of your care. Obviously, they are the experts, and so will provide you the all information and advice you need about your problem: its causes, treatment and how to prevent it from returning. But they are keen to hear your opinion and questions, and there are many times where there is a choice about what particular treatment you would prefer, so ask away and stay involved. The evidence says that the more involved in the decisions about their care a patient is, the more likely they are to get better.
We work to appointment times, so patients who are on time have preference over patients who arrive either early or late. We will outline a specific plan for you, recommending a certain number of treatments in a certain time period. This is determined by your examination findings and, if you maintain it, should give you the results we both want. So if you need to change an appointment, it is best to reschedule on the same day or the next one. We don't charge for missed appointments, but we do ask that you always try to give us 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment, as there will very often be other people keen to take the slot that you no longer want.
If there is anything that you are unhappy with during the course of your treatment please inform us immediately so that we can apologise, and do our best to correct the situation. Jemma, the co-owner and Practice Manager, is the best person to contact (Jemma@albachiropractic.co.uk) . We appreciate any feedback as it enables us to ensure we are providing you with the highest quality of care possible.
If we cannot resolve a complaint you can complain about our chiropractors to the General Chiropractic Council, 44 Wicklow Street, London, W1X 9HL or our physiotherapists to the Health Professions Council,Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU.