Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine.

Chiropractic care

All you need to know

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural, safe and scientific approach to health and wellbeing. Watch the short clip below to find out more!

Focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine, Chiropractic is a manual therapy based on adjustments of the spine and other joints and soft-tissue.

It is completely drug-free and includes exercises and health and lifestyle counselling.

How it works

A chiropractic degree involves extensive training in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system

The spine and skull are a protective mechanism designed to shield the brain and spinal cord. If the spinal bones, also known as the vertebrae become restricted, it can create negative communication between the body and brain and can lead to pain.

Spinal restrictions, which we call subluxations, may or may not cause pain but can affect the way in which a body functions. Chiropractic adjustments restore normal motion to the spine, allowing the body to recover.

How we can help

Our Chiropractors can treat the following conditions:

  • General, acute & chronic backache, and back pain
  • Generalised aches and pains, including those of joints
  • Hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • Muscle spasms and cramp
  • Ankle sprain
  • Shoulder complaints
  • Elbow pain and tennis elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
  • Headache arising from the neck
  • Migraine prevention
  • Mechanical neck pain
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders
  • Tension and inability to relax
  • Plantar fasciitis (short term management)

A lifetime of health

Your Chiropractor can provide care and support for you when you need it most.

Adjustments can bring great benefits and we can do even more by advising on exercise health and lifestyle. Helping you enjoy health, vitality and wellbeing, and be the very best version of you.

Who is Chiropractic for?

You are never too young or too old for Chiropractic and we provide care for people of all ages with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.

Children

All our chiropractors have completed extra training in paediatric care and are very experienced in treating children of all ages

Pregnant

Please ensure to inform us if you are pregnant. Your chiropractor is trained in a wide variety of techniques to help you deal with the stresses of pregnancy including Webster technique.

Sports lovers

We work in a wide range of professional sports including football, rugby and athletics, often as members of a multi-disciplinary medical support team. Chiropractors often work at major sporting events.

Improved health

Adjustments can bring great benefits and we can do even more by advising on exercise health and lifestyle. Helping you enjoy health, vitality and wellbeing, and be the very best version of you.

Live a full life

Health beyond Chiropractic

Diet

The key to healthy eating is balance, variety and moderation. The right balance will make sure your body gets most of what it needs in terms of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fibre to stay healthy.

Hydration

Water is an essential element responsible for transporting nutrients, oxygen and waste, as well as regulating your body’s temperature. So getting enough – around 2-litres a day – is vital.

Exercise

30-minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity a day – activity that makes you breathe a little harder than normal – helps you maintain strong muscles and joints, and feel vital and alive.

Pause

Modern life is anything but simple. Taking ten minutes a day to practice mindfulness is a wonderful way to restore calm and order to our overcharged brains and hectic lives.

Sleep

Getting a good night’s rest should be the top of your list if you want to feel refreshed and alert. Experts agree that most adults need between 7–9 hours’ sleep a night.

Alignment

Through your course of Chiropractic care we regularly reassess you both objectively and subjectively.  By measuring the changes against the examination results carried out at your initial appointment, we can monitor your improvements throughout your care and ensure we are giving you the best and most appropriate treatment.

What to expect

Visiting our Chiropractors

1. Questions and contact

Firstly, we welcome you to phone ahead if you have any questions or queries about your first visit. We also welcome you to read the profiles of our Doctors of Chiropractic (not to be confused with a medical Doctor)  here. You may even contact them directly from their profile pages to ask questions.

2. Book an appointment

Simply call us on 01442 863800.

3. New Patient Form

To give us as much information as possible before we begin the consultation it’s important that you fill out a New Patient Form. This will be emailed over to uyou once you have booked your appointment or alternatively, you can fill the form in at your first appointment, but please allow 15 minutes before your appointed time to do this.

4. First appointment

Your first appointment will last approximately 45 minutes and will involve a thorough history and examination. We will provide our recommendations for treatment on the day. You will be welcome to discuss how you would like to proceed, or you may take some time to think about the advice you have been given.

We kindly request that you wear comfortable clothing or bring shorts to your first appointment, and women, a vest top also. Alternatively, we will provide you with a gown to cover your underwear.

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Frequently asked questions

Do adjustments hurt?

It is a misguided notion that Chiropractic care is painful. All our Chiropractors take great care when adjusting. We work with you at all times to ensure we are working at a level you are comfortable with whilst still making progress to improve your function.

How long does an adjustment take?

The actual adjustment may only take 5-10 minutes. But remember, it’s not the adjustment that does the healing, your body does that once normal function has been restored. Your body has the ability to heal over the next few hours, days, weeks or even years following your adjustments.

How long do I need to come for?

How long you choose to benefit from our Chiropractic care is always up to you. It really depends on your goals and motivation for care.

How long until I start to feel better?

Everybody is different. Our recommendations to you are based on our training, observations and experience, and success with others with similar problems. Since each visit builds on the one before, we suggest you keep to your given care plan for best results.

What’s the popping sound?

When you are adjusted, depending on the technique used, you may hear a popping sound. The popping sound is simply a release of gas when the joint is moved – like popping your knuckle. It is not your bones cracking!

Chiropractors’ qualifications

All Chiropractors practicing in the UK must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council. To do so, they must have undertaken a minimum of 4-5 years of study at an accredited institution. Chiropractors must also complete 30 hours of Annual Continual Development to remain up-to-date with their skills and knowledge.

Health Insurance

Most private health insurers cover our Chiropractic care, but we recommend you check with your policy with your insurer first. Please note we are not covered by AXA/PPP or Bupa, we have chosen to deregister with them. In all cases, you will be required to pay for your treatment and then make your claim directly with your insurer. Please advise us when making your appointment if you will be claiming on insurance.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

“Chiropractic has been a revelation to me. After months of back pain and sciatica, I’ve finally found a treatment that has tackled the issue effectively without needing to rely on painkillers. It’s wonderful to have a sense of equilibrium once more. Highly recommended.”

Helen Bridal

“It makes me feel better than any pain relief medication can!”

Stephen Garrett

“After weeks of taking large amounts of painkillers for neck pain – one visit to my chiropractor and I was able to stop all medication. What a relief, thank you so much!”

Janet Simmons

GET IN TOUCH

Address

Berkhamsted Chiropractic
Coleshill House
69 High Street
Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire
HP4 2DE

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Opening Hours

Mon 08:00—17:00
Tues 08:00—20:00
Wed 08:00—18:00
Thur 08:00—20:00
Fri 08:00—18:00
Sat 09:00—13:00
Sun Closed

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