This is a gentle form of chiropractic that treats the whole body. At each
consultation the whole body is chiropractically assessed and where a joint
is subtly out of alignment ( chiropractically this is called a subluxation
) it is adjusted with a rapid, light, adjustment. By realigning the body
in this manner it is possible to restore the correct nervous control to
all areas of the body and at the same time ease muscular aches and pains.
Most people visit a chiropractor for the treatment of a specific problem
e.g. back pain, joint problems, headaches, numbness in the limbs, pins
and needles, tennis and golfers elbow , whiplash injuries or simply for
maintenance of their general health.
How McTimoney Chiropractic
What We Do
Chiropractors palpate the bones and the joints of the body to check for incorrect
position or imbalance, however slight. Any problems found are corrected with
various adjustments which are gentle, safe and effective. McTimoney Chiropractic
is a whole body method which aims to correct musculo-skeletal alignment and
to restore and maintain nerve function which promotes natural health and
Why We Do It
nervous system is responsible for all body functions. The spinal column is
composed of twenty four vertebrae and is designed for flexibility, strength
and protection. As long as the vertebrae remain in normal alignment these
functions are fulfilled. However, vertebral misalignments do occur which
interfere with the nerve pathways between the vertebrae. These are called
subluxations. If subluxations occur a person can experience localised pain,
pain of any description, of any duration, anywhere down the course of that
nerve leading to malfunction in either the target muscles, tissues or internal
tingling fingers can often be caused by a subluxation of the neck vertebrae;
pain into the toes and down the back of the thigh can be due to compression
of the sciatic nerve which comes through the low back and sacral areas. We
spend time palpating the pelvic girdle for subluxations as the pelvis is
the foundation of the whole skeletal structure. Subluxations here can cause
uneven muscle tension and stresses into the lower extremities, into the shoulder
girdle and into the spine itself.
of the body are out of balance, they can affect the whole; therefore we assess
the whole body at each treatment. The more balanced the structure, the more
the body can work at it's optimum.
How We Do It
initial consultation a full case history is taken , in order to assess and
analyse the problem. The information taken will include details of symptoms,
your general health, background, lifestyle, occupation, sports and hobbies.
We then explain to you what we're going to do and why we're going to do it.
We then palpate and adjust individual bones and joints of the skull, thorax,
spine, pelvis and limbs as needed, realigning and rebalancing the entire
are never forced into place, but by adjusting with a very rapid thrust and
an immediate release the bone toggles towards it's correct position. This
is achieved by easing muscle tension and using the natural elasticity of
tendons attached to the bone. Because of this, the treatment is relatively
gentle and comfortable to receive. Anyone from babies to the elderly can
benefit. The neck is aligned by adjusting each of the neck vertebrae
individually, so no rotational trauma can be introduced.
Number of Treatments
of treatments is initially between two and six weekly, but can vary considerably
depending on the person's age, lifestyle, general health and the length of
time that they have had the problem. The treatments are then gradually spaced
out. Basically we have to re-educate your muscles and bones into a better
What Causes Subluxations
cannot move by itself so muscles, joined to bone by tendons, enable the body
to move. Too much muscle tension can cause a bone to move towards the tighter
muscle and subluxate. Any action carried out in an unbalanced way - plastering,
vacuuming, tennis, even carrying a heavy school or shoulder bag - can
lead to imbalance in the body. Additional causes include: lifting, falls,
accidents, illness, operations, childbirth, occupational hazards, sports
injuries, emotional or physical stress, bad posture, and even a poor mattress.
Some causes are so subtle that often changes can occur without the person's
knowledge. We can give advice to help you avoid similar problems in the future.
Who Can Benefit
people with:- pain, discomfort and stiffness relating to the joints and bones,
including the back, neck and shoulders; muscular aches and pains; most sports
injuries including tennis/golfer's elbow, knee and ankle problems; headaches,
migraines and whiplash; sciatica, trapped nerves, tingling and numbness;
stress related problems. Basically people with any ailment that has been
caused by nerve impingement can often be helped.
is also a preventative therapy and can greatly improve the body's overall
health and wellbeing. Regular check ups are recommended to ensure that the
body maintains a healthy balance. Remember, you don't have to be sick to
Reactions to Treatment
a course of treatment physical changes can occur as the muscles, soft tissues
and the skeleton are realigned. These changes may include a brief period
of stiffness, soreness, tiredness and the occasional muzzy head. Sometimes
you can feel worse before there is an improvement, although often there is
a feeling of relief and wellbeing. It is important that you rest as much
as possible for forty eight hours, especially after the first treatment,
to allow the musculo-skeletal structure to settle down.
of a course of treatment is to help the body to align itself, thereby restoring
correct nerve function, and reducing muscle tension resulting in improved
The McTimoney Chiropractors are Sue Weller, Allyn Edwards and Alaine