Can you diagnose? 
Yes, chiropractors are qualified to diagnose therefore you do not need a referral from your GP to see us. However we may refer you to your GP or provide the GP with a report of your condition (with your consent) if we feel it is necessary.

Does treatment hurt? 
Treatment can be uncomfortable as we work on tender areas, however we will always work within your comfort levels. Some people may feel sore for one or two days after treatment, however this is completely normal and will settle down.

What is the “cracking” noise? 
The noise is often referred to by clinicians as a “cavitation”. It is thought that the noise comes from the fomration of small vacuums within the protective fluid (known as synovial fluid) that is found within joints.

How long does the consultation last? 
45 mins for the new patient examination and 20 mins for a treatment. Please arrive around 5 mins early for your first appointment to fill in a couple pieces of paperwork to register yourself at the clinic.

What should I wear? 
We provide gowns for those who would like to wear them however comfortable, loose fitting clothing is ideal for chiropractic treatment, or stretchy clothing such as leggings. 

I’m pregnant, can I still be treated? 
Yes, chiropractic is safe for both mother and baby. Back pain is very common during pregnancy and you do not have to wait until the baby is born to get treated.

What’s the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy? 
Very little! Both chiropractors and osteopaths are qualified to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems and treat using similar techniques. Chiropractors are also qualified to take x-rays and some clinics have x-ray facilities on-site. The most important thing is that you find a practitioner you trust and feel comfortable with whether a chiropractor or osteopath.

What is dry needling? 
Dry needling is also known as medical acupuncture. Needles are inserted into the muscle to help it relax and reduce pain. The needles are thin and are not painful, most people do not feel them during insertion or treatment, however you may experience a dull ache in the muscle being treated, similar to the feeling of getting a massage in a tight muscle. Here at Gillingham Chiropractic Clinic we are registered with the local council, giving us licence to use medical acupuncture.

Should I use ice or heat? 
Your chiropractor will be able to advise you on this after talking to you about your condition, however it is usually suggested that people with acute pain use ice on the affected area, and people with chronic pain use heat.

Can I take painkillers before an appointment? 
Many people believe that if they take painkillers before an appointment, the chiropractor will not be able to tell what is wrong. While pain does help us find the cause of the problem, the chiropractor will take a detailed history and perform a thorough examination and will still be able to diagnose you should you choose to take painkillers, so if you are in a lot of pain, you do not need to suffer by stopping the pain killers before your appointment.