Bachelor of Science (with honours) in Chiropractic
Member of McTimoney Chiropractic Association
Licentiate Member of College of Chiropractors
Regulated and registered with the General Chiropractic Council
Registered General Nurse
Regulated and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
Carol has been working as a trained nurse for 34 years. During that time she has worked at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath and on Coronary Care and the Acute Assessment Unit at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. She loved her work as a nurse and still soes but 10 years ago felt she needed a change in direction. Her husband was having McTimoney chiropractic treatment for a lumbar disc lesion at the time. He had severe pain and muscle wasting but gradually the pain eased and he regained muscle strength. She was so impressed with the treatment that she decided to train as a chiropractor while still working on the acute assessment unit. His chiropractor has since retired and she has taken over her husband’s care. He now rides a bike to work every day and teaches Karate in his spare time.
Carol has been a qualified chiropractor for 6 years now and is still nursing part time.
Carol says “From my work on the acute assessment unit I recognised the importance of treating patients as individuals with their own unique set of problems. I love the challenge of finding out what those problems are, planning a course of treatment with the patient and seeing them get better and take control of their recovery”.
Mc.Timoney chiropractic is a gentle, whole body assessment and treatment. The chiropractor uses only their hands to assess and re-align the bones of the body where necessary, using swift and gentle adjustments. This allows the nervous system to work more efficiently and muscle tension to be relieved. As part of the initial assessment and ongoing treatment I will discuss how the patient uses their body at work, home and during sporting activities and give advice where relevant. I may also give specific core stability and stretching exercises to maintain whole body alignment and reduce muscle tension.
Patients have benefitted from treatment for musculoskeletal problems including:
Pain, stiffness and discomfort in joints
How many treatments do I need ?
Generally I suggest an initial assessment and treatment followed by 4 weekly treatments and on the fifth week a re-assessment and treatment. Expect the initial assessment and treatment to take 1 and a half to 2 hours and following treatments to take 45 minutes to 1 hour. This allows us time to formulate an individual plan of care including teaching specific exercises to maintain whole body alignment and muscle and joint flexibility as well as the treatment itself. Quite often the pain has eased by the 3rd or 4th treatment and you may decide to extend the gap between treatments at that point.
If your pain and symptoms have resolved completely by re-assessment you will be asked if you want to stop treatment. If you do stop treatment I would recommend continuing with the exercises given for self maintenance. Alternatively, you may want regular maintenance check ups – equivalent to a dental check. This can be from every 6 weeks to once a year – depending on need.