What is Chiropractic?

We are a registered primary health care profession and are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system, namely bones, joints and muscles. We have a specialist interest in neck and back pain. Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, and this includes hands-on manipulation of the spine.

What to expect

The first time you see a chiropractor at Acorn we will do a detailed assessment of your health, which will include being asked about your current condition, medical history and general health. After this we would carry out a physical examination during which a gown will be available for you. A range of neurological and orthopaedic tests will help the chiropractor come to a diagnosis. However, further tests, such as X-ray (or other scan such as MRI or CT), blood test or nerve conduction tests may be required and these can be then arranged.

Treatment plan

With the results from the assessments we will then be able to provide you with a diagnosis, explain what is wrong and whether your condition is suitable for chiropractic care. If so, then a treatment plan will be explained to you, including the costs and various treatment options. A large part of our treatment is to empower patients to help themselves, often with home exercises and stretches which will be explained to you to help speed up your rehabilitation. At Acorn we also use medical acupuncture (often called dry needling), as well as massage and stretching techniques. If we find that we are unable to help or another form of treatment would be more beneficial for you then we will refer you to your GP or another healthcare professional. All your treatment notes will be cared for and treated as strictly confidential.