What Is Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a straightforward method of adjusting the bones of your body to maintain the correct alignment of your spine and to ensure that your body’s nerve supply works efficiently. It seeks to eliminate the cause, not just treat symptoms, and through subtle adjustments, chiropractic care can relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and provide a route to better health. Your pinal column is made up of 24 movable vertebrae, the sacrum, and the coccyx. This column also houses the spinal cord through which nerve information is transmitted around the rest of your body.

What Is McTimoney

Developed by John McTimoney over 30 years ago, the McTimoney method is recognised as being a gentle, precise, approach which assesses the whole body and treats the whole person and not just the area where the pain is felt - treating the cause and not just the symptoms, thus striving for optimal health. It is a particular system of chiropractic that is taught at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. This McTimoney technique relies on very fast, tiny movements to re-align the skeletal system and the method of adjustment is high speed but low force which does not generally create cavitation (‘crack sound’) that some people associate with chiropractic.

What to expect at your first visit

An appointment of up to 1 hour 15 minutes is arranged for your first visit, during which a full health history will be taken. This is necessary to provide the information which will ensure that chiropractic treatment is appropriate for your condition. It also helps to build up an appreciation of your condition and possible contributory factors. Next a physical assessment will be undertaken informed by your presenting symptoms. This will include some basic health checks and some specific orthopaedic and neurological tests needed to reach a working diagnosis of your condition.

This working diagnosis will be explained to you and a treatment plan will be discussed. The treatment plan may include some chirpractic adjustment, soft tissue techniques, a recommended exercise programme and professional advice. You and your chiropractor will have time to discuss the recommendations and you can ask any questions you may have about your treatment. If a satisfactory working diagnosis has been achieved, and there are no contraindications to treatment, you will be treated during this visit.

What to expect at subsequent visits

Second and subsequent visits last approximately 45 minutes. Your progress and response to the previous treatment will be monitored at each visit and this information will be used to update your ongoing programme. Further chiropractic adjustment and soft tissue techniques will be employed according to your progress and feedback from previous sessions. Regular re-assessment of your condition will be undertaken and periodically some of the original diagnostic tests will be re-applied to provide a measureable indication of progress and may lead to changes to your treatment plan.