FAQS
Are chiropractors regulated?
How can chiropractic help
How many treatments will I need?
How much will it cost?
Do I need a GP referral?
Do I need x-rays or a MRI scan?
How can I find out if chiropractic can help me?


Are chiropractors regulated?

All chiropractors are registered by law under the Chiropractors Act 1994. The profession is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practise as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.

At The Parker Clinic all the chiropractors are registered with the GCC, they are also members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). The BCA only accepts chiropractors with a minimum four years full time degree and a professional qualification gained by a further year working in a supervised practice.

How can chiropractic help

People from all walks of life can benefit from chiropractic care. At The Parker Clinic we enjoy treating everyone from serious athletes to tiny newborns. Using a variety of manipulative techniques designed to improve the function of joints and reduce muscle spasm, our chiropractors help to relieve the particular stresses that are causing a condition to occur.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need depends enormously on the type of condition being treated, how severe it is, and how long you have had it for. However, your chiropractor will discuss your individual requirement with you after your initial consultation, so you will have some idea before any treatment commences.

How much will it cost?

Please see our Fees page for a list of all our charges.

Do I need a GP referral?

No. Chiropractic is a primary health care profession, which means you can access your chiropractor simply by ringing them up. Chiropractors are trained to recognise when chiropractic care is appropriate and when it is not. If your condition would be better managed by another health care professional, then an appropriate referred will be made.

Most GP's are very happy to refer you to your chiropractor particularly if you need referral for insurance purposes. The British Medical Association issued guidelines to GPs in 2006 clarifying that there is no legal or ethical barriers in referring patients to chiropractors.

Do I need x-rays or a MRI scan?

You do not necessarily need either. X-rays can tell us a lot about the structure of the spine as well as the amount and distribution of normal "wear and tear". They can also exclude other pathological processes, and of course show things such as fractures. They only tell us very little about soft tissue structures like ligament, muscle and the intervertebral disc. In the right circumstances x-rays are a valuable tool and we have x-ray equipment on site. An MRI scan is proving very useful in the identification of problems in the back, particularly of the intervertebral disc. At The Parker Clinic we have quick, direct access to local MRI Centres at competitive prices.

How can I find out if chiropractic can help me?

At The Parker Clinic we offer anybody who wishes to come and find out whether chiropractic can help them a free consultation where they can discuss, without charge, their problem with a chiropractor and obtain information. Should you wish to take up this offer please do not hesitate to ring or e-mail the clinic.