Chiropractic, the McTimoney technique and F.A.Q.s

Chiropractic is a primary health care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions that occur secondary to the mechanical dysfunction of joints and muscles.

Founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, chiropractic is now the third largest healthcare profession in the West after dentistry and medicine. Although a relatively “new” profession, records dating back several thousand years from ancient Greek and Chinese civilizations refer to spinal manipulation.

The McTimoney Technique

Developed by John McTimoney over 30 years ago, the McTimoney method is recognised as being a gentle, precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care. McTimoney chiropractors strive for optimal health by treating the entire person and not just the area that pains you. The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it suitable for people of all ages.

McTimoney chiropractors qualify to practise by completing a four year full time or five year mixed mode degree course at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, which is validated by the General Chiropractic Council. The training involves a clinic internship of at least twelve months duration at the College’s supervised clinic.

What Conditions can chiropractic help?

Patients have reported improvements as a consequence of having chiropractic treatment for the following conditions:
  • Back pain (acute and chronic)
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Shoulder pain (including “frozen shoulder” and rotator cuff dysfunction)
  • Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints
  • Muscular aches
  • Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
  • Prevention of migraine
  • Arthritic pain

What happens at the initial consultation?

The initial consultation lasts approximately 1 hour. During this time a detailed medical history will be taken to assess your general health, previous conditions, and existing symptoms. This will be followed by a thorough physical examination (this will include appropriately focused neurological and orthopaedic tests where necessary) and a postural assessment. If needed (for example, if there is an underlying pathology) you may be referred for diagnostic imaging (X-rays, MRI or CT scan). If at any point there is a suspicion that there is an underlying condition that requires medical intervention, you will be referred to your GP for further investigations before treatment commences.

Report of findings

Once the examination is complete you will be informed in clear simple language, what is wrong with you, what can be done about it and what you should expect when you receive treatment. The number of treatments you will need and how often you will need them depends on your condition. However, you will be given an idea of the length and frequency of any treatment required before your treatment plan commences.

What does the treatment involve?

Chiropractic treatment involves safe, gentle, specific adjustments, done by hand or sometimes an adjusting instrument, to free the joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. In general you do not hear any cracking or popping noises during treatment as the very fast and precise adjustments are made. 

The number of treatments needed is generally between 2 and 6, spaced a week apart, but this can vary according to the nature, length of time and severity of the complaint. Follow up treatments take around 30 minutes.

Will it be painful?

Due to the gentle nature of McTimoney chiropractic, the adjustments are not usually painful to receive. After a treatment you may feel a little tired or stiff, but this should only last a brief period.

Will I need to get undressed?

For your first appointment you may be asked to remove some clothing in order to complete the postural assessment and neurological tests (a gown is provided and there is a separate changing area), but if you feel uncomfortable like this then shorts and a vest style top would also be suitable.
Isn't it time you discovered how the McTimoney technique can help you and your family stay as healthy and pain free as possible for life?  Call Horley Chiropractic now on 07973 308829
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