Will you be cracking my back?

Typically, yes.

When someone talks about “back cracking” they are usually talking about a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation. These are specific treatments that relieve pain and improve mobility. They can be associated with a popping or cracking noise as a joint cavitation occurs.

Chiropractic adjustments are very effective at reducing pain and improving joint function, but that doesn't mean they should be used in every case. Sure Health chiropractors use best available evidence and clinical experience, taken into account with patient preference, to formulate the best treatment plan for each individual. This may or may not involve chiropractic adjustments.

See our Treatments page for more information about what chiropractic treatment involves.

Does it hurt?

Adjustments are not painful. There can sometimes be post treatment soreness, particularly in the first phases of treatment, but this will usually resolve quickly.

Some soft tissue techniques can be uncomfortable at the time, but most people describe this as a “good pain”, if there is such a thing!!

How many appointments will I need?

Prognosis varies dramatically based on a large number of factors. At Sure Health Chiropractic we pride ourselves on using the best available evidence to get you better as quickly as possible. A recent clinical audit revealed over 90% of patients get completely better within four treatments at Sure Health Chiropractic.

Can I crack my own spine?

This is such a common question that we've written a whole separate article to provide the answer. If you feel the need to click your own spine, it's worth a read. What happens when you click your own spine?

I am in pain now, what can I do to relieve my pain before I come in?

Ice packs are excellent for pain relief. Ice helps by relaxing muscle spasm, calming down nociceptors (pain sensors), and reducing swelling/bruising. Ice provides more effective pain relief than heat because of this anti-inflammatory effect.

Over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, are also very effective for reducing pain and swelling.

It is important to remember that neither of these approaches will treat the underlying problem, and should not be used for sustained periods of time.

Is it safe?

Yes. Chiropractic treatment is one the safest medical treatments available. It is gentle, non-invasive, and only administered by expert chiropractors who have undergone 5 years of training as well as continual reassessment and further education.

Some news stories link neck manipulation to stroke. These are sensationalist stories that are not based on evidence. Scientific studies show that the force of a chiropractic manipulation is insufficient to damage any blood vessels in the neck.

Will my insurance pay?

Almost certainly. Sure Health Chiropractic are approved by nearly all medical insurers. If you are unsure about your provider, contact us and we'll let you know.

What if I'm unhappy with my treatment?

The first thing to do is to contact Sure Health owner Dr David Cooper. You can email us on info@sure-health.co.uk and mark your email FAO David. David is available on this email seven days a week and will work hard to find a resolution to your complaint. If after this you still feel dissatisfied, you should contact the General Chiropractic Council. A link is provided on the home page.

I can't travel to clinic, what can I do?

Sure Health Chiropractic offer home visits. Sometimes this is because a patient cannot reach our surgery, and sometimes it is just patient preference. If you would like to know more about this service please contact us.

I am booked to see an NHS physio, can I still have treatment?

This is quite a common situation. Patients see their GP who makes them an NHS physiotherapy appointment and while waiting they decide to see a chiropractor.

In most cases you will be completely better before the appointment comes around. But if you are not, seeing a physiotherapist is not going to affect your treatment. In some cases the massage and exercises offered by a physiotherapist may help speed progress along.

What happens to my records?

Medical records contain information about your mental and physical health recorded by a healthcare professional as part of your care. Your medical records are held in the strictest confidence.

You have the right to see your medical records at any time without giving a reason. If you want to see your records please send a written request to info@sure-health.co.uk