Self Referrals

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NHS Referrals:

As a result of the procurement for community services by North East Essex CCG, ACE have been awarded the Care Closer to Home contract which includes the acute neck and low back pain care pathway. At this time ACE have decided not to recommission the AQP osteopath, chiropractic and private physiotherapy services therefore all NHS referrals will be directed to the ACE Physiotherapy Department from 10th March 2016.

See your GP if you require a referral to these services.

The aim of Bodyworks Chiropractic Clinic is to provide a comprehensive, patient-centred, easy and quick to access treatment and advice service, for people in the local community who are experiencing back, neck or any other muscular skeletal problem with or without referred pain.

Location: The clinic is situated in an easily accessible quiet rural location with parking outside the front door and disabled access. Patients travelling by public transport will need to catch the number 88 bus and ask for the Wakes Hall stop.

Appointments are available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. To make an appointment you can contact us either by telephone on: 01787 222435 or by email via the link on the ‘Contact us’ page or by emailing us from another device at:

Once you have made an appointment we can confirm by text or email so please let us know if you would like us to do that.


What can I expect at my first appointment?

You will need to set aside a good hour for your first appointment and please arrive early as there will be a few forms to fill out before you see your chiropractor.

Your chiropractor will then ask you about the problems that you have come to get help with, we call this your ‘Case History’. Your chiropractor will takes notes and plot your problem areas on a body chart. They will then ask you questions about your medical history, your current health status, and will need to know the name of any medication you are taking or have recently taken.

Following this you will be given an examination and depending on your problem you may be asked to do some orthopaedic and neurological tests in order to determine your diagnosis. If your chiropractor is concerned that you may have a health condition that cannot be helped by chiropractic care they will talk to you about their concerns and advise you on what to do next.

Please wear comfortable clothing that can be removed if required, you will never be asked to remove underwear. Gowns are available if required and we also use towels to cover you and keep you warm. If you are worried about removing clothing please inform your chiropractor prior to your examination.

Once your chiropractor has assessed you they will explain their findings to you. Recommendations for treatment and self-care will be addressed. Usually that leaves time to do some initial treatment and start you on your road to recovery.

Follow up appointments will be recommended as appropriate to clinical need and may include, the following:


  Manual therapy: joint mobilisations and manipulation

  Soft tissue mobilisation or massage: muscles, ligaments, cartilage, neural

  Exercise programmes and advice on posture correction

Acupuncture, ultrasound, laser therapy, and kinesio taping.


Before you leave, you will receive a pack which will contain a copy of your ‘Care Management Plan’ which outlines your initial diagnosis, prognosis and plan for your treatment. Your chiropractor may also give you other information detailing relevant exercises or stretches as well as some information about how to optimise your treatment and aid recovery, along with some general clinic information.

If you are pregnant it is recommended that treatment is avoided during the first three months, however, in extreme cases we are happy to offer treatment if it is with your doctors consent and clinically relevant.


How many sessions will I need?

Following the initial assessment and treatment most people find up to four follow up sessions sufficient to address straightforward problems. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on a number of factors, including: age, extent of injury; duration of injury, general fitness; stress (muscle tension and stress on your nervous system); posture, and your compliance and commitment to follow advice and carry out any exercises recommended by your chiropractor. Your progress is reviewed at every session and will not proceed past four sessions if there is no improvement with your symptoms.


Quality & Monitoring:

As part of the Royal College of Chiropractors quality and monitoring, all patients are asked to complete pre, mid and post treatment questionnaires; in addition we would encourage you to complete our patient satisfaction questionnaire, available via a notepad at reception or online from your own device. We use the information that you provide to ensure standards are improved and maintained. You are also welcome to feedback via reception, post, Facebook, twitter, or email.





Bodyworks Chiropractic Clinic 01787 222435

Unit 17 Wakes Hall Business Centre, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester, CO6 2DY