What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a primary health care profession concerning the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of disorders of the joints, muscles, nerves and bones of the body, in particular those of the spine. Adjustments are performed by chiropractors, using the hands, to realign the skeleton and restore joint function.

Do I need a GP referral?

Appointments can be made without a GP referral, as we are primary health care providers. We have a good relationship with the local GP’s and we communicate with your consent to ensure the best care is provided for you.

Will I Have A Care Plan?

Yes. All patients will be given a bespoke care plan depending on their presenting problem. We offer 2 phases of care initially which focus on pain reduction (Phase 1) and rehabilitation (Phase 2).

Phase 3 is an elective phase for those who would like to continue with `chiropractic as part of lifestyle management to help prevent the initial problem from returning.

What Is Your Training?

Chiropractors undergo 4 to 5 years of training at University level.

We are trained in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Pathology
  • Orthopaedics (Bone tests)
  • Neurology (Nerve tests)
  • General diagnosis
  • Joint and muscle treatments
  • Rehabilitation techniques for posture and muscle strength
  • Soft tissue techniques

Are chiropractors regulated?

Yes. It is illegal for anybody to call themselves a chiropractor in the UK without being registered with the General Chiropractic Council, the UK governing body for the chiropractic profession.

The Cotswold Chiropractor is registered with the GCC and also a member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA) and a licentiate of the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Will it hurt?

The nature of McTimoney chiropractic is gentle and the adjustments are all low force and usually painless. We work to ensure that we use the techniques which are right for you based on your age, condition, medical history and your personal preference. Adjustments are powerful, but gentle and should never hurt. We utilise a variety of other gentle techniques (such as medical acupuncture) which can be helpful alongside chiropractic adjustments to help reduce muscle spasms and pain.

How many treatments will I need?

Until we have examined you we cannot answer this. The number of sessions required depends largely on what type of disorder the patient is suffering with, how long it has been a problem for and how severe it is. Simple low back ache is more likely to resolve quicker than a disc problem. in many cases the people we see have had ongoing problems for years so usually they we need more than one session.

Will I Be Given Exercises?

Yes, all of our patients are given a bespoke exercise plan which is gradually built up through the care plan. Exercises are chosen specifically for you to help your adjustments hold better. They are usually very simple and not time consuming!

Should I use Ice or Heat?

This depends on what the problem is. If the issue is an acute problem or nerve irritation (related to inflammation from joint problems) we recommend using an ice pack as it acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help to reduce the pain. Please ask us if you aren’t sure!

Do I need an X-ray?

If I think an X-ray may be required you will be referred to your GP for this to be arranged and the results will be interpreted by a radiologist.

Ready To Book?

If you’re ready too book an appointment or you have any questions then please get in touch! You can email us on or phone 07980 662 229 , 01242 437970.