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McTimoney Chiropractic Video Part 1

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What Are McTimoney Chiropractic Treatments and How Do They Work?

Chiropractic is a straight-forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to maintain the correct alignment of your spine and to ensure that your body’s nerve supply works efficiently. Through these subtle adjustments, chiropractic treatment can relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and provide a route to better health.

Your spinal column is made up of 24 moveable vertebrae, the sacrum, and the coccyx. This column also houses the spinal cord through which nerve information is transmitted to the rest of your body. Whilst the spinal column maintains correct alignment, nerve information is passed accurately. However, if any part of your spinal column becomes misaligned then a nerve may become impinged, compressed or stretched, distorting the information that passes along it. This can lead to pain, discomfort or restricted mobility. A misalignment of the vertebrae or bones can occur for many reasons, some of the most common are incorrect lifting, car or sporting accidents, childbirth, falls, stress, and poor posture.

I use only my hands to make adjustments to the bones of your body. The key to the success of the adjustments is in the speed, dexterity and accuracy with which they are performed.

Patients report a wide range of improvements. These range from relief from cervicogenic headaches, neck and shoulder problems, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome which are affected by the nerves coming from the top of the spine, and relief from lower back pain which can be relieved by adjustments to the lower spine. These improvements occur because the body is no longer receiving incorrect nerve information.

Can Chiropractic Help You?

The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it especially suitable for people of all ages including pregnant women and the elderley. The following conditions often benefit from treatment:

  • Ankle sprain (short term management)
  • Cramp
  • Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
  • Inability to relax
  • Joint pains
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • Back Pain
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Lumbago
  • Mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
  • Migraine prevention
  • Minor sports injuries and tensions
  • Muscle spasms
  • Plantar fasciitis (short term management)
  • Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)
  • Soft tissue disorders of the shoulder

What To Expect from Your First Treatment

I 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. I will then thoroughly examine all the joints in your body, literally from head to toe. using only my hands and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary.

Chiropractors have a very finely tuned sense of touch, developed in their four years of training which enables them to feel misalignments of the vertabrae and bones. Upon feeling a problem, I will use one of a number of light, swift and dextrous techniques, unique to the McTimoney method, to adjust the bone.

If I discover or suspect a problem which requires further medical investigation or an x-ray, I will refer you to your GP. Wherever possible, I will work in co-operation with your GP and a letter is normally sent to your doctor informing them of your diagnosis and treatment.

How Many Sessions Will You Need?

The number of sessions needed varies considerably depending on:

  • your age – you generally heal more slowly as you get older
  • the nature of the problem – a simple backache will often heal more quickly than a sciatic problem
  • how long you have had the problem – generally, yesterday’s injury will resolve faster than one of twenty years’ standing

Most patients need between two and ten ssessions in total. With one or two sessions in the first week and then at weekly intervals. This gradually becomes more widely spaced out by which time a noticeable change should have occurred, though treatment can continue for longer.

Responses and Reactions To Treatment

During a course of tteatment most patients feel physical changes as the body realigns. These may include a brief period of stiffness or tiredness but more often a feeling of well-being and relief from stress.

The Patient’s View

In a recent survey of chiropractic patients, conducted on behalf of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, the results were as follows:

  • 89% of patients rated their satisfaction with the McTimoney treatment as either ‘extremely’ or ‘very satisfied’
  • 85% felt that McTimoney treatment had been ‘very beneficial’ in the management of their painful condition.
  • 62% sought McTimoney treatment for low back pain
  • 93% had recommended McTimoney treatment to their friends and family.