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The chiropractor: A guide

by The Simplyhealth Team

Your questions about visiting a chiropractor, answered by our clinical team here at Simplyhealth.


Find out:

  • What does chiropractic mean?
  • What does a chiropractor do?
  • How much is a chiropractor?
  • What happens during a chiropractic appointment?
  • Is my chiropractor qualified?

What does chiropractic mean?


Chiropractic is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system.

What does a chiropractor do?


Chiropractors treat patients of all ages for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, such as:


  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • headaches
  • joint pain e.g. shoulder/elbow/knee
  • migraines
  • sports injuries
  • pain from osteoarthritis.
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How much is a chirporactor?


The cost of a chiropractic appointment can range from £30-£80.

What happens during a chiropractic appointment?


Initial consultations can usually last between 30-60 minutes. During your first appointment, your chiropractor will ask you a number of questions regarding your condition, your medical history and your general lifestyle.


You will then have a physical examination, which will include neurological and orthopaedic tests if necessary. Your chiropractor may send or take you for x-rays if they feel this is necessary. 


Your chiropractor will then determine what the problem is and if they feel chiropractic treatment is appropriate. If the condition is not appropriate for chiropractic treatment, they may refer you to another health professional.


Chiropractic treatments may consist of the manipulation of the spine or joints. Manipulation is precise handling and moving of the joints and spine, and safely moving them further than they would normally go. The chiropractor will also give you advice on self-help, diet and lifestyle. 

Is my chiropractor qualified?


Chiropractic is a regulated profession and is provided by specialist trained practitioners called chiropractors. In order to use this title, they must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).


All chiropractors must evidence their continuing eligibility to practice each year. You can check if your chiropractor is registered on the GCC website.

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