WHAT IS IT?

McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentle, whole body assessment and treatment. The Chiropractor uses only their hands to assess and realign 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 the Practitioner will discuss how the patient uses their body at work, home and during sporting activities and give advice where relevant. The Practitioner may also give specific core stability and stretching exercises to maintain whole body alignment and reduce muscle tension.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

RESEARCH/HISTORY

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.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER TREATMENT?

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.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER A TREATMENT?

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.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The Chiropractor may suggest an initial assessment and treatment followed by four weekly treatments and on the fifth week a reassessment and treatment. Expect the initial assessment and treatment to take 1.5 to 2 hours and 45 minutes to 1 hour for following appointments. This allows 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 third or fourth treatment and you may decide to extend the gap between treatments at that point. If your pain and symptoms have resolved completely by reassessment you will be asked if you want to stop treatment. If you do stop treatment the Practitioner may 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 six weeks to once a year – depending on need.

Carol Sanger