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. They aim to reduce pain and disability by restoring normal movement and function.
This is achieved by reducing neural, muscular and other tissue impediments with the help of precise and fast interventions (so-called adjustments) to misaligned joints. The subtlety of the adjustment demands great sensitivity and mechanical skill. The success of the intervention is closely related to the aptitude and quality of the adjustment – therein lies the skill of the chiropractor.
Chiropractors tackle the root cause of any pain, not just the symptoms. We try to identify what is causing the problem in the first place. This is often lifestyle related, caused by too much sitting or poor posture, for example.
As well as the adjustments we make to help treat the pain, chiropractic treatment includes advice on how to tackle the cause of the pain to help improve your long term health and wellbeing.
at your chiropractors, we use the McTimoney chiropractic method. It is well known for being a precise whole body approach to chiropractic care. It uses light and dexterous techniques that are gentle and versatile. This is a highly regarded technique renowned for being very safe for patients.
Many people seem to think that all chiropractors are the same and associate chiropractic with those “cracking” sounds. In Britain, we have two main groups of chiropractic techniques: “diversified” and McTimoney.
Diversified chiropractic involves High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) adjustments, Many osteopaths and physiotherapists also learn and use HVLA. HVLA manipulation often produces the typical “cracking” sound.
The McTimoney technique is quite different, it is light, gentle and dexterous. Neck adjustments, for example, are gentle and very different to those performed by diversified chiropractors. McTimoney chiropractic treatments also tend to cover the whole body from head to toe.
Training to be a McTimoney chiropractor is a course is at University Undergraduate Masters level. The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates the chiropractic profession. In the UK, you can only work as a chiropractor if you are registered with the GCC.
To further enhance the effects of the chiropractic treatment, we may use elements of other treatment modalities/methods.
Western style acupuncture is used to reduce pain and release tissue tension. It is versatile and can be applied to very specific areas and tissues as well as for more general effects.
Soft Tissue Release (SRT), Positional Release Technique (PRT) and Myofascial Release are techniques designed to release connective tissue adhesions and tensions.
The Dorn technique is a gentle ‘fix it in motion’ method for removing misalignments in vertebrae and joints. This method has a holistic approach and is a unique self-help therapy that you can use whenever needed, and so enhances the long term effect of the treatment.
If you would like to know more about any of the techniques we use, please feel free to get in touch.