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S1 Chiropractic,
75 Leadmill Road,
South Yorkshire,
S1 4SE
Appointment Hotline : 0114 272 4466

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here at the clinic we understand that consulting a new health care practitioner can be a daunting experience. This section has been compiled to answer some of the more common questions that are asked about Chiropractic; if there's anything you'd like an answer to in more detail, please feel free to contact us at the clinic via email.

No individual should use the information provided on this website to diagnose or treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by a licensed health care professional.

Is chiropractic safe?

Research continues to support the safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic is a holistic, non-invasive approach to health, meaning that no surgery or drugs are used within the profession.

Will x-rays be taken?

Not all patients are routinely x-rayed. In some cases x-rays are necessary depending on past medical history. Your treatment may need to be modified according to what can be seen on the x-rays. Such circumstances may include recent trauma, history of serious illness or unusual findings on physical examination. Chiropractors are trained and qualified to take and to analyse x-rays. If you have had x-rays or other imaging recently, your chiropractor may ask for your written consent to access that information. Should x-rays be required you will be informed of this at the initial consultation and referred to another local clinic that has these facilities prior to the commencement of treatment.

How soon will I feel better?

This is one of the most common questions we are asked. To provide you with realistic expectations, many factors affecting your recovery time must be taken into consideration, including:
acute vs. chronic pain
first episode or recurrent problem
history of previous injuries
general health
general fitness level ( strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health)
poor postural hygiene
lifestyle (work, diet, sleep)
patient comprehension and compliance with recommendations
kept appointments
stress (physical/mental/chemical)
family history

These factors and your individual health goals combine to structure the frequency and duration of your care. As a general rule, more recent injuries (depending on severity) tend to respond to fewer visits and symptoms can often be managed in relatively few treatments.

Recurrent conditions or problems that have been present for longer than three months tend to be more stubborn and will often require a longer course of treatment. For some conditions, maintenance visits may be advised to ensure that your progress is maintained.

Your treatment plan and the cost will be explained to you before you start treatment.  How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

How long does it take?

Your initial consultation will last approximately 1 hour, with subsequent sessions lasting between 15-20 minutes

What happens at your first visit?

For more information, please visit what to expect.

Will I be given drugs or injections?

No, with chiropractic treatment no drugs or surgery is involved. Chiropractic care employs a holistic, natural approach to health. Chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in. Chiropractic works by identifying the underlying cause of the problem and correcting it, rather than just masking it with painkillers. Chiropractors use their hands to adjust (or move) the joints of your body, thereby improving the function of the nervous system and restoring the inborn (or innate) power of the body to heal itself.

How about painkillers?

Painkillers may make you feel less pain, but they do not address the cause of the problem, and can have serious side effects. One of the first aims of chiropractic pain management is for the patient to be able to function normally without pain and without painkillers.

What is the cost of treatment?

Current prices can be seen on the Fees & Opening Hours page.

Is chiropractic suitable during pregnancy?

As the body changes very rapidly during pregnancy, there is a large amount of stress placed on the musculoskeletal system. The joints in the body try to compensate for these changes, and as a result, they are often sore and stiff. Your Chiropractor has special techniques that will help make you comfortable during all the stages of pregnancy. Chiropractic is safe for both the mother and foetus and often helps to reduce those "typical pregnancy" aches and pains.

Is chiropractic available on the NHS?

You can sometimes get chiropractic treatment through the NHS; your GP should be able to advise you regarding any funding available through your local NHS. Many health insurance companies and hospital funds pay for chiropractic treatment. The policies between different companies and organisations may vary, so always check with your insurer.

What is the cracking sound?

Chiropractic treatment involves the manipulation of joints, with the goal of decreasing pain by improving movement and function within that joint. When a joint is adjusted (moved), there is a natural change in the internal pressure of that joint. This change results in the release of gas normally dissolved in the fluid which lubricates the joint. The release of this gas may produce a "crack" or "pop" sound similar to that produced when you open a can of fizzy drink. In the lower back, you may not be able to hear them, but you may be able to feel them. If you are having your neck treated, the clicking may sound much louder, simply because the area being treated is closer to the ears and the sound travels along the bones. The sound itself is insignificant. It is caused by the interaction of fluid and gas within the joint space and is not dissimilar to the sound of clicking ones knuckles.