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What is Chiropractic?

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.

Possible benefits of our treatment

Less pain

Improved movement

Improved sense of wellbeing

So how does it work? I see it like this: The chiropractic intervention is usually applied to joints, but it can also be effective when applied to e.g. muscles. It influences the associated tissues in a manner that leads to normalization of tissue structure and function, which in turn reduces pain and discomfort and leads to free movement.
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How chiropractors help with pain

How chiropractors help with pain

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.

Chiropractic as an holistic treatment

Chiropractic as an holistic treatment

Chiropractic care is not just about easing specific pains or addressing depleted movement in a specific area. Anyone can benefit from the improved movement which chiropractic treatment enables. It can help you feel rejuvenated and improve overall wellbeing. It is particularly good for people who have jobs where they spend a lot of time sitting down.
Chiropractors hold that the body benefits from having periodic chiropractic treatment on a preventive basis so that future problems may be avoided.

Chiropractic treatment for athletes

Chiropractic treatment for athletes

Chiropractic care can improve movent and performance for athletes at all levels. Since we tend to use a mix of chiropractic and soft tissue work, it may also help reduce pain caused by existing sports-related injuries and speed up recovery by enhancing skeletal, muscular and neural functions.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy

Chiropractic care during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body goes through lots of changes to provide the optimal environment for the developing baby. These changes, together with the increased stresses on your body from physically carrying your baby, may cause imbalances and misalignments, particularly in the pelvis and the spine. As a result, you may feel discomfort and pain.
Chiropractic care focuses on reducing imbalances and on enhancing movement, making life more comfortable.

Chiropractic techniques

The McTimoney way

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.

The McTimoney method was developed by the late John McTimoney and has existed for over 50 years.

Training to be a McTimoney chiropractor has changed a lot over the years. Today, the course is at University Undergraduate Masters level. Training now takes between 4 and 6 years. This depends on the training modality and whether a foundation year is required. 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.

Complementary techniques

To further enhance the effects of the chiropractic treatment, we may also use treatment elements from techniques such as Soft Tissue Release (STR), Positional Release Technique (PRT) and the Dorn method. We may also suggest home exercises and lifestyle adjustments.

The Soft Tissue Release and Positional Release Technique are soft tissue techniques particularly suitable for releasing tension from individual muscles or muscle groups.

The Dorn technique is a gentle ‘fix it in motion’ method for removing misalignments in vertebrae and joints. The movement is controlled by you, the patient. The Dorn 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.

The Spiral Stabilization method is a comprehensive exercise program for the treatment and prevention of spinal and main joint disorders, incorporating the elements of strengthening, stabilization, relaxation, coordination, and balance. It is a kind of a hygiene regime for your spine.

If you would like to know more about any of the techniques we use, please feel free to get in touch.

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