What is Chiropractic, and How Does it Work?
McTimoney Chiropractors approach the body as a whole, functioning system rather than treating only specific areas that may be presenting with symptoms. The approach is based on the view that discomfort and pain in one part of the body may be manifestations of problems elsewhere in the musculo-skeletal system and that, for optimal health, the whole musculo-skeletal system needs to work harmoniously together. A McTimoney Chiropractor will aim to find the misalignment underlying the symptom that clients are experiencing.
McTimoney Method technique
Chiropractic is a method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve skeletal alignment. McTimoney Chiropractors are trained to correct misalignments using light, quick and specific adjustments. Most people experience little or no discomfort when receiving a McTimoney Method treatment.
Can Chiropractic Help You?
A package of chiropractic care is used regularly to help maintain good posture, promote health and improve performance, no matter what it is you do, from a high performance athlete to a senior member of the community enjoying a potter in the garden. Patients undergoing chiropractic care often report benefits from:
- Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
- Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Inability to relax
- Joint pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- Back Pain
- Generalised aches and pains
- Mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
- Migraine prevention
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
- Muscle spasms
- Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)
- Soft tissue disorders of the shoulder
The McTimoney Method
The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney over 50 years ago and is taught only at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, near Oxford. It is well known for being a precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care. The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it especially suitable for people of all ages.
What can I expect from my first session?
As McTimoney chiropractor I will first assess your general health, previous conditions, and existing symptoms.
I will then conduct a physical examination to locate the problem, during which time I will make adjustments using the light, dextrous techniques associated with the McTimoney technique.
If at any point I discover or suspect a condition that requires medical intervention, then I will refer you to your GP for further tests.
Normally your first visit can last anything between 45 minutes and an hour and a half. During this time, I will:
- Take a full case history, assessing your general health, previous conditions, and existing symptoms
- Ask your permission to conduct a thorough physical examinations (this will include neurological and orthopaedic tests, if necessary)
- Take or refer you for x-rays if they are needed.
- Make adjustments using the light, dextrous techniques associated with the McTimoney technique
In some instances, I may need to ask you to remove some clothing. Privacy and a gown are always provided but do tell me if you feel uncomfortable about undressing.
My first concern is to find out what is wrong. I will also check for signs of any serious conditions for which you would need specialist advice.
Treatment is very much a partnership between us and before your treatment starts, I will explain to you clearly:
- The results of your examination
- The proposed treatment plan
- The benefits and any significant risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment plan
How many sessions will I need?
Most people find between two and six sessions sufficient to address straight forward problems. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Extent of injury
- Duration of injury
- General fitness
- Stress (muscle tension & stress on your nervous system)
The anticipated number of sessions will be discussed with you prior to treatment. Once you’re up and running, you can choose to schedule regular check-ups a few times a year to keep chronic conditions under control.
How will I feel after treatment?
During a course of chiropractic care you can expect to feel physical changes as your body realigns. These may include stiffness or tiredness, particularly after your first session. I will give you advice on aftercare and any necessary lifestyle changes to help you get the most out of your care. It is important that you talk to me if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.