There are a myriad of health professionals out there who can support and help recovery from injury or pain, so sometimes it can be difficult to decide who is best to help. As a McTimoney Chiropractor I am always met with a lot of questions about what we do. Due to this I thought it would be helpful to outline why and when would you seek the help of a chiropractor.
What is McTimoney Chiropractic and how can it help me?
Chiropractic is a drugless and non- invasive form of healthcare. Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of the bones and muscles that support the body and protect the nervous system. We aim to reduce pain and disability by restoring normal movement and function.
So how do I achieve this with you- the patient? By reducing neural, muscular and other tissue impediments with the help of fast interventions or adjustments to the misaligned joints. The clarity of the adjustments demands sensitivity and mechanical skill, which are learnt and taught over a number of years at Masters level. I use the McTimoney chiropractic method; it uses light and dexterous techniques that are gentle and versatile and is regarded as a very safe treatment for patients. It blends a plethora of different gentle and effective techniques to enable me to help you with your issue without the levels of discomfort that can be felt with other treatments.
What qualification do I have?
To become a McTimoney Chiropractor takes time, between 4-6 yrs. dependent on the course you choose and is studied at Undergraduate Masters level, it is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) who regulate all registered chiropractors diversified and McTimoney alike. As the term “Chiropractor” is a protected title you must have trained to a minimum of masters level at university to use this title.
Do I crack backs?
There are those that think chiropractors just ‘crack backs’ but with McTimoney this isn’t the case. There are in fact two types of chiropractic care; diversified and McTimoney.
The diversified technique involves something called HVLA or high velocity low amplitude adjustments; these are often learnt by physiotherapists and osteopaths also and can often produce the typical ‘cracking’ sound. The McTimoney technique is quite different it is light and gentle and focuses on the whole body and not just the area of pain or concern that you may present with. The form of manipulation we use involves a very fast movement with a low level of force. This creates a change to the body to help with your injury without having to use high levels of force.
How can McTimoney Chiropractic help you?
As a chiropractor I like to look at the whole picture and not just the symptoms; what caused the concern/ pain the in the first place. If the source of the pain or discomfort can not be attributed to an event or injury then often this can lead back to lifestyle, work, posture or a combination of all three. As well an adjustments I make to alleviate the pain, the chiropractic treatment also includes advice on how to tackle the cause of pain to help improve long-term health and wellbeing.
What types of patients do I normally see?
I see a variety of patients both young and old who come to me with a number of different concerns. Many of my patients come to see me due to what we term ‘non specific’ low back pain. It can be a gradual onset or something that occurs due to your day-to-day activities that you have come to ‘live with’. That is simply not necessary, no one should accept pain or discomfort as normality. There has been research to show that chiropractic is a safe, evidence –based and effective care for back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, such as acute and chronic back pain, headaches due to neck problems, prevention of migraine and generalized joint pain and tension to name a few.
As McTimoney Chiropractic uses a more gentle approach it is also very effective treatment for managing arthritic joints and helping to maintain range of movement.
chiropractic intervention can also help to assist to improve movement and performance for all athletes at all levels. Chiropractic has been known to help reduce pain caused by existing sports related injuries and speed up recovery by enhancing skeletal, muscular and neural functions.
Staying pain free with McTimoney Chiropractic.
Chiropractic can benefit anyone young or old and support to improvement movement. In todays society there are ever-increasing stresses and strains on us from work, home or just the general day to day of life; Chiropractic can help you feel rejuvenated and improve overall well being.
McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentle technique suitable for all.
Fleur is an experienced McTimoney Chiropractor working at The Thornbury Clinic with over 8 years experience. She has experience working with international horse riders and also works as an animal chiropractor treating high level horses. If you would like more information about Fleur or would like to book an appointment simply CLICK HERE