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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones, muscle and connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons (the musculoskeletal system) and the nerves that supply these areas (the neurological system). Pain and lack of function can occur in these systems because of accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture and everyday wear and tear.  

Chiropractors use their hands to adjust and mobilise the areas to relieve the problem, reduce pain and bring better mobility to the body. Chiropractic care is drugless and non-surgical and we may offer advice on lifestyle to help you get the most from your treatment. The emphasis is on holistic and a whole body approach to achieving better health and wellbeing. 

Chiropractic is widely recognised as a key part of the healthcare system, strictly regulated to ensure high standards of care and positive outcomes for patients. 

What is the McTimoney Technique? 

McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentler type of chiropractic, using precise, light and fast movements to adjust joints in the body. It is a comfortable treatment to receive and may patients report how relaxing it is. The McTimoney technique uses no high force techniques that some people dislike, there are definitely no ‘neck twist’ adjustments!  

McTimoney treats the whole body, bringing it back into balance, and due to its low-force high velocity nature it is suitable for all ages. 

Kate is also trained in Soft Tissue Release, Massage and MET (Muscle Energy Technique) which can sometimes be used in treatments if appropriate. 

What can Chiropractic Care help? 

Chiropractic care has a wealth of high quality peer-reviewed scientific evidence to support its effectiveness for a variety of conditions (see below).

 

NICE Guidelines (those followed by the NHS) recommend manual adjustments, such as those performed by chiropractors, to improve back pain in particular. 

Some of the most commonly treated conditions are: 

  • Back pain 

  • Neck pain 

  • Shoulder pain and rotator cuff injury 

  • Joint stiffness and discomfort including in the hips, knees and ankles 

  • Osteoarthritis 

  • Sports injury such as tennis elbow 

  • Muscle pain, cramp and spasms  

  • Headaches arising from the neck (eg tension headache) 

  • Migraine Prevention 

  • Pain associated with poor posture 

  • Wider wellbeing and relaxation 

  • How can I be sure that chiropractic care is right for me?
    At your first appointment you will receive a full assessment of your condition to determine if chiropractic care is right for you and we will explain your treatment options. Chiropractic training allows us to recognise when chiropractic will be helpful, and if it is not you will be referred to your GP or other healthcare professional if necessary. You don’t have to agree to treatment at the first appointment and we completely respect if you would like more time to decide. If you’re unsure if chiropractic treatment may suit you, please call to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion. This may be over the telephone or at the practice.
  • Are there any side effects?
    After a treatment as your body settles, it is common to experience mild to moderate aches and pains, stiffness and tiredness. However these side effects are usually mild and generally pass within a couple of days. That said, not everybody will experience any aches or tiredness at all, your response- just like your condition and your treatment- will be individual to you. We recommend that you stay hydrated and avoid strenuous exercise for up to 48 hours after a treatment to mitigate any side effects and get the full benefit of your treatment.
  • How can I be sure Chiropractic Treatment is safe?
    Chiropractic treatment is safe when performed correctly by a trained and registered chiropractor. Our chiropractor Kate achieved a First Class Master’s Degree in Chiropractic from McTimoney College of Chiropractic and continually updates her skills with Continued Professional Development, adhering to the high standards of ethics and care as set out by The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) with which she is registered. If you have a pre-existing medical condition then certain risks may increase. This is partly why we will take a detailed medical history and examine you before we start treatment.  If we establish there may be even a slight risk, we will refer you to your GP for further investigation before we consider treatmen
  • What should I expect at the first appointment?
    Your first appointment (New Patient Appointment) will last up to one hour. You will be asked for information about your condition, as well as about your medical history and everyday activities that may have an influence on your symptoms. We will conduct an examination to assess the area of pain which may include orthopaedic or neurological tests, to establish a working diagnosis for your condition. The findings will be fully explained to you and also the recommended course of care, as well as any risks or side-effects. Please use this opportunity to ask any questions that you have, we want you to be as informed as possible. If we don’t believe that chiropractic care can help you or we have concerns regarding other health conditions then we may refer you to your GP or to another healthcare professional. We normally treat people fully clothed and so ask you to wear comfortable flexible clothing such as joggers or leggings. Occasionally we may need to ask you to remove a part of clothing for purposes of examination or treatment, and if this is the case you will be asked to give your consent and offered a gown to wear. If you would prefer not to do this, please just let us know and we will respect your choice.
  • How much treatment do I need?
    Depending on your condition the number of treatments will vary, with most people seeing improvement within a short period of time. Typically you can expect between 3 to 6 treatments overall that are spaced out to one or more times a week. Your care is individualised to your particular needs and your progress is regularly reassessed so that you wont have to pay for more treatment than you actually need. Following this initial phase, most patients will not require any further treatment.  However, patients with complex, long-term, or reoccurring conditions may require extended care depending on how quickly they respond to treatment. If we are not seeing any improvement within the first three visits we will tell you and normally refer you either back to your GP or to another treatment modality we feel may better suit you. Some people like to engage with maintenance care, dropping in for a top up every few months or so to keep their body aligned and stave off any future development of symptoms. There is good evidence that this can help manage longer term conditions but we like to leave this option up to you to book in if you feel this would benefit you. We DO NOT offer you a hard sell or lock you into any long term treatment plans, and you can decide to stop treatment at any time you like. 
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