What is Chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic is a skeletal therapy which has the aim of maintaining the spine and nervous system (and thereby the whole body) in good health and harmony. Alongside Osteopathy, Chiropractic is probably the form of natural medicine most accepted in the orthodox medical world. Medical doctors routinely refer patients to Chiropractors recognising that they have methods of treating the root causes of pain that doctors can only dull with drugs.

Chiropractors don't actually "put bones back" as many people think. A bone only "comes out " if it is dislocated. Chiropractors work on subluxations where a bone is out of alignment relative to others. Chiropractic is very popular indeed and growing rapidly in popularity because the results are often seen as being nigh-on miraculous. It's not unusual for patients to almost have to crawl in, in agony and walk out with head held high and free of pain!

Chiropractic is a particularly successful therapy for treating mechanical problems of the spine which can cause back & neck pain, sciatica and headaches etc. It can also be useful in some cases of rheumatism and arthritis. It can also help:

chest movement and the relief of asthma
various feelings of tightness and lack of mobility in joints all around the body
back problems and aches and pains during pregnancy

McTimoney chiropractic was developed almost thirty years ago and is named after its originator, John McTimoney. His whole-body style of treatment offers a refined, effective and safe treatment developed from mainstream chiropractic and based on the sound chiropractic principles as originally taught at the first chiropractic college, The Palmer College in the USA. The technique is currently taught at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, which is accredited by the GCC.

McTimoney Chiropractic is a straightforward method of adjusting the bones of the body, using a variety of techniques and no instruments other than the hands of the practitioner. At every treatment the skeletal system is assessed as a whole and adjustments are made to the limbs and head, as well as the pelvis and spine. To the observer, and usually the receiver, McTimoney Chiropractic seems, and is, extremely light, with rarely any cavitation or "popping" of the joints. The key to the success of the adjustments is the speed, dexterity and accuracy with which they are performed.

The gentle nature of the treatment makes McTimoney chiropractic especially suitable for people of all ages including; babies, young children, pregnant women, those with osteoporosis and the elderly. The treatment is beneficial for a wide range of complaints ranging from back, neck and shoulder pain, stiffness and pain in joints and bones, tension headaches and migraines, to whiplash and sports injuries and general muscular aches and pains.

What To Expect From Your First Treatment

Your chiropractor will first take a full case history regarding your general health background as well as details of your symptoms. This will help in assessing and analysing your particular problem. They will then thoroughly examine all the joints in your body, literally from head to toe, using only their hands and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary. McTimoney chiropractors have a very finely tuned sense of touch, developed in their four years of training, which enables them to feel for misalignments of the vertebrae and bones. Upon feeling a problem, your chiropractor will use one of a number of light, swift and dextrous techniques, unique to McTimoney chiropractic to adjust the bone.

How Will You Feel After Treatment?

There is a whole range of sensations that you can experience after treatment. The most important thing to remember is that change is a sign that your body is beginning to adapt to the adjustments it has received.

Feeling better: relief from pain as your body becomes better aligned can make you feel straighter, taller and altogether more balanced.

Feeling worse before feeling better: while your body is adjusting to its new alignment, the shape and size of the painful area may change, or new pains and aches may emerge due to positional changes in your body. You may experience stiffness and soreness as the muscle tensions change and you may find previous aches and pains recur. These effects will disappear as your body settles down after treatment.
Tiredness: you may feel tired after treatment and may sleep well following the relaxation of deep tensions in your body.
Headaches: the release of waste products as your body heals can cause headaches. Drinking plenty of water will help to flush them out.
Emotional changes: these are quite normal and often reflect the release of tension in the muscles.