Frequently asked questions about chiropractic servicesIf you’re new to chiropractic services, there’s a high chance you have a question or questions about it. On this page, we hope to help answer these questions for you. Does chiropractic just focus on the spine?No. This is a commonly held belief and some chiropractors do choose to treat this way. However, in the UK, 4 to 5 years of the training encompasses treatment of the joints and muscles of the body and their impact on the nerves, which can give rise to pain. Is chiropractic effective?Studies have proven time and again the efficacy of chiropractic. It is recommended by the Department of Health in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. There is strong supportive evidence concerning all of the conditions listed on this website for chiropractic care, with the most recent large scale study being the Brontfort Report (2010). Is chiropractic safe?Yes, especially when compared to other alternatives, chiropractic is incredibly safe. Any risks associated with your care will be discussed by the chiropractor, no matter how small they may be. Does it hurt?Manipulation, when performed skilfully by a qualified chiropractor, is unlikely to cause discomfort. Working on muscles may result in some discomfort, but no more than would be expected from a sports massage. However, you are the patient! If you find anything uncomfortable then the treatment can be modified accordingly. Do chiropractors crack bones back into place?No. Bones or joints are not cracked back into place and there is no evidence for this. Manipulation restores function to a joint. Any cracking or popping sound heard is due to pressure changes within the joint and is a coincidental occurrence that often occurs with manipulation. Can anyone call themselves a chiropractor?No, it is illegal for anyone to call themselves a chiropractor without holding a recognised qualification. If you are uncertain whether someone is a chiropractor or not, please check the General Chiropractic Council’s website. Is chiropractic available on the NHS?Despite the Department of Health recommending chiropractic in its Musculoskeletal Services Framework since 2006, chiropractic care is currently available only through certain Primary Care Trusts in England.Can anyone receive chiropractic?Yes, from babies, to pregnant mothers, to those with arthritis, osteoporosis and people of all ages. The care programme will be adapted to suit your age / condition / requirements. Is treatment clothed?Yes, for your comfort, treatment is fully clothed. However, if you’d prefer, gowns are provided.