Chiropractic – the McTimony Way
Gentle and effective treatment for the whole body.
Can Chiropractic Help You?
The gentle (i.e. low-force) nature of the McTimoney chiropractic technique makes it especially suitable for people of all ages including pregnant women and the elderly. The following conditions often benefit from treatment:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints
- Muscular aches
- Sports Injuries
- Arthritic pain
What to Expect from Your First Treatment
Your chiropractor will first take a case history regarding your general health as well as details of your symptoms. This will help in assessing and analyzing your particular problem. They will then examine you and make appropriate adjustments where necessary. Chiropractors have a very finely tuned sense of touch. Upon locating a problem, your chiropractor will use one of a number of light, swift and precise techniques, to adjust a joint. As well as adjustments (manipulations) chiropractors may also use mobilizations and soft-tissue techniques as well as give advice about posture and exercise.
If your chiropractor discovers or suspects a condition which requires medical intervention, they will refer you to your GP. You may be referred for an MRI scan or X-ray, if clinically necessary, in order to fully assess your condition.
How Many Sessions Will You Need?
The number of sessions needed varies depending on:
- Your age
- The nature of the problems
- How long you have had the problems
- Your level of fitness
- Your work and hobbies
- How well you follow the aftercare and lifestyle advice given by your chiropractor
For persistent low back pain, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends considering a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, of up to 9 sessions over a12 week period.
Typically most patients need between two and six sessions (your chiropractor will advise), initially at weekly intervals, then gradually more widely spaced out, by which time a noticeable change should have occurred, though chiropractic care can continue for longer. Once the problem has been resolved, regular check-ups are recommended to keep your body functioning well.
Responses and Reactions to Treatment
During a course of chiropractic care most patients feel physical changes as the body responds to treatment. These may include a brief period of stiffness or tiredness, especially after the first session when your body is in the process of adapting. Your chiropractor will also give you aftercare and lifestyle advice to help you get the most out of your chiropractic care.
The McTimoney Method
The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney who began to teach in 1972 and is now taught at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It is well known for being a gentle, precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care and is characterized by quick, dexterous adjustments which are generally comfortable to receive. UK members of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association are registered with the General Chiropractic Council and undertake annual professional training to update their knowledge and skills. McTimoney Chiropractic has been found to be helpful for thousands of people and nearly 150,000 new patients consult a McTimoney Chiropractor each year. Over 8,000 people are cared for by McTimoney Chiropractors each working day.