Frequently Asked Questions

Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is an approach to treatment that identifies how best you can manage and fix your aches and pains. It differs from standard approaches in that it does not create a long-term dependency on the therapist to be the “solution”. In cases of back pain, for example, after a thorough examination and evaluation a series of specific exercises are given to control the pain triggers and address the underlying problems that caused it.

The combination of both exercise and a short course of physical treatment is the most effective way of achieving success.

We want to get you moving comfortably, as quickly as possible!

What can I expect at the first appointment?

The first visit is about getting to know you, and how we can help with your goals. Be it getting out of pain, or managing an existing long term condition.

Part of this is taking a relevant medical history and a physical assessment. Once we have a clear idea of what we are treating, your options will be explained. Treatment will only begin if suitable, and when you decide.

In rare cases, further assessments may be needed; such as scans like MRI’s. Depending on your preference, this may be a referral to your GP, or to a private facility. Your health is important, and making the right choice with the right information is paramount.




What happens if I am a returning patient?

If you have not been in to see us for awhile, you may need a little extra time for a fuller assessment of your needs. Generally this is for patients returning after 6 months or if you are coming in with a brand new problem. Your health is of great importance, and any changes to it may effect how you will be treated.

Do you have Imaging (x-rays, ultrasonography, CT-scan) facilities?


The short answer is they are very rarely needed, and only a very small proportion of patients will require them. If any of these tests are required it will be discussed with you and referred out for.

Is chiropractic or acupuncture appropriate for me?

Chiropractic and acupuncture like any other discipline, are tools used to assist in restoring physical function. Part of your initial assessment will determine what approach would be best for you and if they are appropriate.

Your medical history, the physical issue itself and your personal preference all influence your treatment. Techniques are modified to suit your specific needs..

What happens if it's not a problem that you can help with?

Your health is paramount. Part of assessing you is to determine if you are in the right place. If there are concerns raised at your initial assessment or subsequent visits, you will be referred to the relevant place in a timely manner. Normally, this is a referral back to your GP, who will be made aware.

What is a physical prescription?

As part of your treatment approach a series of specific, tailored, physical exercises and stretches may be given. These will be determined by what is needed, and will be within your ability. The best outcome for physical injuries and dysfunctions are multidisciplinary: specific lead and home exercises with the support of a manual therapist.

Where can I park?

The nearest reliable parking is the Quay Car Park, which is a 3 minute walk from the practice. Parking is charged by the hour.

There is a loading bay directly outside the Anchor Centre for drop offs.