Chiropractic is concerned with removing inhibition from the nervous system, therefore allowing it to operate to its’ optimum. This inhibition usually arises in the skeleton, mostly in the spine which houses the spinal column. It is also frequently caused by tightness in the muscles that surround the nerves. By assessing and correcting skeletal misalignment, and helping the patient to find better ways of using their body so as to avoid replicating the symptoms, the chiropractor strives to release this skeletal inhibition.

McTimoney Chiropractic was developed by John McTimoney in the 1950’s. He was interested in healing as a child, then pursued other careers including silversmithing until the second world war. During the war he suffered injuries which resulted in a reduction of the use of his arm. He sought help from a chiropractor, and was hooked. He eventually trained, and refined his treatment into pretty much what it is today. A vital, hands on, gentle, effective treatment.


McTimoney Chiropractic is a very low tech way of working with the body, using only the hands the Chiropractor can gently assess the alignment of the skeleton then adjust any bones that are found to be misaligned. This allows the nervous system to operate to its optimum capacity. Altering the alignment of the skeleton can relieve muscle tension and physical stress and restore comfort and ease.


Bone manipulation has been used in medicine since the ancient Greek and Chinese civilisations. The recent history of Chiropractic starts in 1895 in America with a father and son called DD and BJ Parker. They developed the Chiropractic techniques that we see today and started schools of chiropractic in the States, which subsequently also emerged in Britain. Over the last couple of decades numerous studies have been conducted into the efficacy of Chiropractic and other manipulative therapies. As a result Chiropractic is being increasingly recognised by insurance companies and other health care professionals including those operating within the NHS.


After treatment some patients feel immediately relieved and comfortable, others feel little difference straight away. As the body deals with the treatment over the days following treatment, some people feel stiff and sore, then better later on. For some people, especially those with longstanding problems, it may take some time to notice any improvement.


Bear in mind that the body is very good at moving, and was not designed to sit still for any long periods of time. After a treatment, maintain gentle movement, “pottering” about the house or garden, whilst definitely avoiding any one-sided or vigorous activities. Drink plenty of fluids, and avoid hot baths for around 24 hours. Try not to get upset or mentally stressed in the day or so after a treatment. Take the time before starting treatment to take stock of how you use your body and consider how to use it better to enable it to heal. After treatment, enjoy the new balanced feel and put into practice what you have learned during your treatment session.


As a rule of thumb, the longer you have had a condition, and the older you are, the longer it will take you to heal. Generally a practitioner will see a patient for the initial consultation, then again the following week. This gives the practitioner an idea of how your body is responding to treatment and how it is likely to progress. On average, three or so treatments at weekly intervals may be required; then another three or four treatments may be required at more extended intervals, as the body becomes stronger and symptoms decrease.

Carol Sanger