What is McTimoney Chiropractic?

McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentle way of adjusting the bones to improve the alignment of the skeleton and ensure the nervous system functions correctly. This helps to realign and balance the body relieving pain, tension and stiffness, whilst improving posture.

Misalignments of the joints can occur for many reasons including accidents, falls, stress, poor posture, incorrect lifting and one sided activities. These issues build up over time causing the body to  subtly change movement and posture  to compensate for the problems. The joints involved can become stiff and lack their normal range of motion. Ligaments will be put under strain, muscles will have reduced elasticity and be more prone to injury. In addition the nervous system can also be affected. Symptoms often experienced include crookedness, pain, restricted mobility, pins and needles, numbness and weakness.

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Who can it help?

The gentle nature of the McTimoney treatment makes it ideal for people of all ages from babies and toddlers to children, teenagers, sports people, people with stressful or heavy manual jobs, pregnant women and also those in the later years of their life who need help with stiff and sore joints or muscles.

The following conditions can benefit from chiropractic:

  • Back, neck, shoulder, arm and leg pain
  • Pain, discomfort and stiffness in the joints.
  • Muscular aches
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines

What happens at my first appointment

At your first appointment a detailed case history is taken followed by a full examination which may include orthopaedic and neurological tests. A full explanation of the treatment is given. It is important for you to feel comfortable at all times so you will be given the option to undress to your underwear, you may wear a gown which is provided or you can remain in your clothes if you prefer. (Jogging trousers or loose clothing is best if you prefer to wear your own clothes.)  Appropriate chiropractic adjustments will be made which are swift precise and gentle. Your comfort and care is of utmost importance, so each adjustment will be explained to ensure you know exactly what to expect. A treatment plan, advice and after care will be fully discussed. Where appropriate information can be given on life style, posture and exercises can also be incorporated.

After treatment

To maximise the benefits of your treatments it is good to understand that whilst you may feel better immediately you may also experience some physical symptoms due to your body realigning and using the muscles in a new and different way. Tiredness, aching and stiffness are common especially after the first session and should disappear after 48 hours

You can also help yourself to recover more quickly and maximise treatment benefits by drinking plenty of water, avoiding sporting activities, gardening, shopping, lifting, long journeys or anything strenuous for 48 hours.

How many sessions do I need?

The number of sessions you will need depends on the extent and duration of the problem. Age, general fitness, posture, stress and emotional issues are all factors to be considered. On average a patient can expect between 2-6 visits – initially at weekly intervals then increasing to fortnightly then monthly as progress takes place. The number of treatments will be discussed with you prior to treatment. Once the problem is resolved it is beneficial to schedule regular maintenance treatments 3 or 4 times a year as a preventative measure to avoid set backs.