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Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before Visiting a Chiropractor


1. How much does it cost to see a chiropractor in the UK?

The cost of visiting a chiropractor in the UK varies, typically ranging from £30 to £80 for an initial consultation and £30 to £60 for follow-up sessions. It’s important to check with individual clinics for their specific pricing. At Hagley Road Chiropractic, our treatment cost is £45 per visit with discounted plans available, saving 15%.

2. Can you see a chiropractor on the NHS?

Chiropractic care on the NHS is limited and not widely available, depending on your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It’s more common to see a chiropractor privately, as NHS provisions for chiropractic treatment are rare.

3. Is it recommended to go to a chiropractor?

Chiropractic care is recommended for certain conditions, particularly spinal and musculoskeletal issues like back pain, neck pain, and some headaches. Its effectiveness is well-documented, especially for lower back pain. For more information, read the NICE guidelines here

4. Is chiropractic legal in the UK?

Chiropractic is a regulated and legally recognised health profession in the UK. Practitioners must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) to practice legally. To find out if your chiropractor is registered visit –

5. Is a chiropractor better than an osteopath?

The choice between a chiropractor and an osteopath depends on the specific health needs and conditions of the individual. Both professions specialise in treating musculoskeletal problems but use different techniques and approaches.

6. What is the cracking noise that you hear during treatment?

The cracking noise heard during chiropractic treatment occurs when gas bubbles between the joints are released. This is a normal part of the adjustment process and is generally considered safe.

7. Do I need a GP referral to see a chiropractor?

No, a GP referral is not necessary to see a chiropractor in the UK, as they are primary healthcare professionals who can assess and treat patients independently.

8. What do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors treat various conditions, focusing on spinal and musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and joint discomfort in the arms and legs. We also see a lot of patients suffering from headaches and conditions like sciatica.

9. How old do you need to be to see a chiropractor?

Chiropractic treatment is available for all ages, from newborns to the elderly, with techniques adapted to each patient’s age and condition. We also see pregnant women in the clinic, as this is often when women can experience back and hip-related pain.

10. How many treatments will I need?

The number of chiropractic treatments needed varies, depending on the severity and how long you have had the condition. The longer and more chronic the problem, the longer it may take to resolve. Your treatment plan is personalised and reviewed regularly to ensure optimal progress. It may also require you to make some lifestyle adjustments, so your actions will also impact your speed of recovery.

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