What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic was initially founded in 1895 and has since become the largest healthcare profession in the world, after medicine and dentistry.
The word Chiropractic translates to mean ‘done by hand’. It involves checking the joints and soft tissues of the body and detecting and mobilising areas of dysfunction that could be the cause of your symptoms. The purpose of Chiropractic care is to realign and re balance your body to relieve pain and increase mobility.
Symptoms may arise for various reasons, from trauma or injury to poor posture or stress. The Chiropractic adjustments aim to improve nerve function, thereby relieving these symptoms, increasing joint mobility and providing a route to better health.
The McTimoney Technique
The McTimoney method of Chiropractic was developed more than 50 years ago by the late John McTimoney and has since grown to be one of the most popular branches of Chiropractic in the UK.
It is known for taking a precise, gentle and holistic approach to Chiropractic care, not only looking at the area of pain, but checking all of the joints of the spine and limbs.
McTimoney Chiropractic has helped thousands of people over the years and around 150,000 new patients consult a McTimoney Chiropractor each year. Over 8000 people are cared for by McTimoney Chiropractors each working day.
As well as using the McTimoney treatment, the Chiropractors at the clinic often use other techniques to help treat your symptoms, these may include: Trigger point therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, Soft Tissue Release, Kinesiology Taping and Exercise Prescription. Each patient is looked at as an individual and given the treatment believed to be most appropriate for them by the Chiropractor.
Your first appointment takes between 60 and 90 minutes. After taking a full record of your current symptoms as well as details of your medical history, your Chiropractor will carry out a physical exam, this may involve a range of orthopaedic and neurological tests to identify the cause of your symptoms.
The Chiropractic adjustments are carried out just by using the hands. The treatment relies on speed, dexterity and accuracy rather than force to mobilise the joints and muscles in your body. We always treat the whole body and not just the area of pain.
After your treatment your Chiropractor will advise you on how to get the best from Chiropractic and you may be given some exercises to help with your recovery. You will be given a date for a follow up appointment, normally 1 week after your first visit. The number of treatments you are likely to need will depend on several factors including the severity of your condition, the length of time you have had the problem, your age and general fitness, and what you do between your treatments. Your Chiropractor will be able to discuss the proposed treatment plan with you at your first visit.