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Russell Purchon has been working as a chiropractor since 2007. During that time he’s seen patients with an extremely wide range of conditions, not only of the spine but including a wide range of musculoskeletal issues.


If you would like to benefit from Russell’s expertise, you can submit a health related question by clicking the button below. If we think that the answer will be of interest to others, we’ll add it to this page of the website. Scroll down to read some other Frequently Asked Questions.


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Frequently asked questions

How many treatments will I need?

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care will always be up to you. The number of sessions you come for will depend on your goals and the nature of your problem.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable, and we’re happy to help people who want that kind of short term care. Other people come regularly because they want ongoing care for optimum spinal function and health. When patients have long-standing problems they often have associated muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine, which can take longer to address. I’ll advise you as to what I think is best in your case and you won’t be pressured into making choices you’re not comfortable with.

Is it safe?

In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, chiropractic care has been shown to be 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs. (Dabbs and Lauretti, 1995).

This explains why chiropractic is recommended on the Department of Health Musculoskeletal framework, the Royal College of General Practitioners Low Back Pain guidelines, the NICEguidelines, and is paid for by all major health insurers.

Will I receive treatment straight away?

We’ll fit you in for your first appointment just as soon as we have a slot. To request an appointment you can follow the link on the home page, or give us a ring. Your treatment will usually commence on your very first appointment, or sometimes on your second. Click here to find out more.

Do I need a Doctor’s referral?

You can see a chiropractor without a referral, but if the cost of your treatment is going to be covered by private insurance providers, check with them first. Some require a referral from a GP. Just like GPs, chiropractors are primary care practitioners. This means that we are trained in diagnosing pathologies and referring patients to other specialists if necessary. Our chiropractic degrees enable us to do this with confidence.

Do I need a chiropractor?

Almost everyone can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractors look after your spine like a dentist looks after your teeth. If you’re unsure whether chiropractic is for you, contact the clinic for a free spine check where you can ask any questions you may have. If your problem is one we can help with we’ll tell you and if not we’ll give you advice on who you need to consult.