How much does it cost?


Do private insurance companies cover chiropractic?


What is chiropractic manipulation?


What is the popping noise?


Will treatment hurt?


Is chiropractic treatment effective?


Do I need to tell my GP?


Can anyone call themselves a chiropractor?



How much does it cost?


Initial Consultation (45 minutes) £48

Treatment                                   £36

Student                                       £24

LLLT                                           £25

Course of 10 LLLT                         £200


Corporate rates please contact 07979 815655 for more details


Richards Chiropractic accepts cash and cards.


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Do private insurance companies cover chiropractic?


Richards Chiropractic is recognised by major private health insurance companies including BUPA and AXA PPP and in the majority of cases we can directly bill your company.  However, please contact your insurance company first so that they can authorise treatment.  If you would like us to invoice the company, we will need your policy number, authorisation number and referral letter from your GP.  Please also advise us of any excess you have on your policy which will have to be settled by yourself. You may need my provider numbers when you contact your insurance company:


BUPA      30020701

AXA PPP     SR01923

Norwich Union/Aviva   400007659

WPA     58836


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What is chiropractic manipulation?


Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body (the musculoskeletal system). Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents; stress; lack of exercise; poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear.  These problems may cause pressure on the nerves of the body.  

Depending on your condition, the chiropractor may manipulate parts of your spine or joints.  Manipulation involves a specific short thrust to the involved joint to restore proper function and relief the symptoms.  Sometimes an audible ‘pop’ or ‘crack’ may be heard, do not worry, this is perfectly normal with this form of treatment.


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What is the popping noise?


The ‘pop’ or ‘crack’ is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released.


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Will treatment hurt?


Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed, although most patients will feel an immediate relief. Some patients may experience temporary achiness or soreness around the area that is being treated.  Regular use of ice packs will help to reduce this inflammation.


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How many treatments will I need?


This will depend on the individual but most patients will see an improvement within the first 3-4 treatments.  Your improvement will depend on:


- your condition

- how severe it is

- how long you have had the condition

- your lifestyle/occupation

- whether you follow your chiropractor’s advice.

The chiropractor will review your case regularly to check if any changes to your treatment plan are needed.


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Is chiropractic treatment effective?


Numerous studies throughout the world have shown that chiropractic treatment, including manipulative therapy and spinal adjustment, is both safe and effective.  

NICE Guidelines; In May 2009, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. 
The guidelines recommend what care and advice the NHS should offer to people affected by low back pain. NICE assessed the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of available treatments and one recommendation is to offer a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage. This treatment may be provided by a range of health professionals, including chiropractors as spinal manipulation is part of the package of care that chiropractors can offer. 

The Medical Research Council conducted a clinical trial and follow-up which found that chiropractic treatment of low back pain was 30% more effective than hospital outpatient care.  The results were published in the British Medical Journal. (Meade et al)


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Do I need to tell my GP?


You do not need to tell your GP, however, Richards Chiropractic will send a courtesy letter to your GP (with your permission) detailing your condition and the treatment you are receiving. Your GP holds all your medical records, so it is your interests for them to be complete and up to date.



Can anyone call themselves a chiropractor?


No.  It is illegal for anyone in the UK to use the title ‘chiropractor’ or to imply that they are a chiropractor unless they are registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).


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