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Welcome to the Staffordshire McTimoney Chiropractic Clinic

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The Staffordshire McTimoney Chiropractic Clinic has been running since 1995 and the two Chiropractors who staff the clinic are Sue Weller and Allyn Edwards. They were joined in 2004 by Alaine Skerrett.

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In 1999 they decided that the only way to increase the service they were offering to their patients was by expanding their operation.

They found a suitable property and opened the Ishta Centre in 2000.

Ishta stands for Integrating Spinal Health with Therapeutic Approaches.

There is a multi-disciplinary staff at the Ishta Centre offering many therapies in addition to the ones that Sue and Allyn practise, which are McTimoney Chiropractic, Ishta Spinal Touch, CranioSacral Therapy and Koren Specific.

There is a good reason why we do four types of therpy here. You must remember that Chiropractors are interested in restoring and maintaining the integrity of the Nervous System.

The Nervous System

The Nervous System is that part of us which is aware of all our needs and controls all our activities. It is possible to divide it in several different ways which are useful for study and discussion. It is important to remember, however, that the body doesn't recognise such divisions and that they are artificial.

One useful way to divide it is structurally into the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

The Central Nervous System comprises of the brain and spinal cord where most of the sensory and control actions take place. It is very important, and very delicate tissue, so is protected by a series of membranes, cushioning fluid and bone. In the case of the spinal cord the body has had to sacrifice strength for flexibility by making the spinal column out of a series of boney segments called vertebrae rather than a continuous tube of bone. While this allows for more movement of the spine it also allows for the possibility of one vertebra getting out of alignment with its neighbours. The Peripheral Nervous System comprises of the nerves after they have left the spinal cord and are generally associated with the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the Central Nervous System.

Another way to divide the Nervous System is into the Cranial Nerves and the Spinal nerves.

The Cranial Nerves are twelve pairs of nerves which exit directly from the brain and are generally associated with the functioning of the special senses found in the head. The Spinal Nerves are those nerves which originate from the spinal cord and leave the spinal column via small "holes" between the vertebrae. They are associated with the transmission of sensation from the body to the brain ( Sensory Nerves ) and the control messages from the brain to the body ( Motor Nerves ). They also transmit Trophic Nerve impulses which keep every cell alive.

A third useful way to divide the Nervous System is into the Voluntary Nervous System and the Autonomic Nervous System.

The Voluntary Nervous System is involved with those body processes over which we have conscious control and are often associated with our actions.

The Autonomic Nervous System is involved with those body processes over which we don't have any conscious control and are associated with the vegetative or internal activities. These are the ones that the body just gets on with doing without us having to direct them. The Autonomic Nervous System is often itself divided into the Sympathetic Nervous System and the Parasympathetic Nervous System. The former is involved with those body processes which utilise body resources while the latter is usually involved with those body processes which replenish body resources.

Any interference with the nervous system leads to possible impaired function of the body and may be alleviated by one of the treatments we employ.

Bones

There are two hundred and six bones in the body. Together they form the skeleton and usually form joints with one or more other bones. The skeleton acts as a framework for the rest of us to sit on. It can act as protection for underlying structures, for example the thorax ,or rib cage, protecting our vital organs or the skull and spinal column protecting the central nervous system.

When one or more bones are out of alignment with their neighbours the structures that are supported by them or protected by them may be adversely affected. In addition the nerves that run through and around the joints may be impinged upon which can be painful and it can also affect the nerve impulses from reaching their target cells. All of these can lead to dis-ease within the body.

If you suspect that this has happened it's worthwhile having your boney structure checked for misalignments by a McTimoney Chiropractor or a KST practitioner.

Fascia

Fascia is a thin membranous tissue rather like "cling film" and covers every structure in the body. Every nerve, muscle fibre, blood vessel, tissue and organ is covered by fascia. Furthermore it's one continuous sheet so that a disturbance to one part of the fascia can be reflected to other parts distant to it. Disturbances to the fascia can have subtle yet profound affects on the tissue it is surrounding. This can lead to a less than optimum state for that tissue which can ultimately lead to dis-ease in the body.

If you suspect that there is a disturbance to your fascia then it would be sensible to be checked out by a CranioSacral Therapist.

Muscles

Muscles are the tissues in the body which do mechanical work. They move us, and parts of us, around. The bones are the anchorage points for the muscles which either pull things towards the anchorage point or pull the anchorage point towards whatever it is we're holding. Using these principals the body can correct its own structural disturbances. As a simple analogy, if a tent has keeled over to one side then tightening the guy ropes on the opposite side will restore the tent to the upright position. Similarly if a vertebra, say, has moved out of alignment to one side then tightening the muscles on the other side that attach to the bone will bring it back to where it needs to be. Muscles do this all the time to restore our normal structure. However, if the muscles are too busy doing something else then these auto correcting mechanisms don't work properly.

What is it that the muscles can be too busy doing? Everything has a centre of gravity and if that centre of gravity is over its centre of support, or counterbalance, then no energy is expended in maintaining balance. If the centre of gravity is not over the counterbalance then energy must be expended to maintain balance. Bodies are no exception to this. If a body's centre of gravity is not aligned with its counterbalance then the body must expend energy to maintain an upright posture against gravity. It does this by contracting muscles. If these muscles are in a state of contraction to maintain an upright posture then they can't correct misaligned structure.

If you feel your muscles are in a state of chronic contraction and that they might not be able to do their job as far as correcting misaligned structures then it would be prudent to get checked over by an Ishta Spinal Touch Practitioner.

Once your body has been returned to its correct alignment you the need to make sure it doesn't go back out of place. You may need to modify your activities and the way you use your body so that the stresses which caused the problem originally don't re-injure you. We can give you advice about how you can watch your back.

Therapeutic Change

Although most people's experience will be one of relief it's important the realise that for a small number of people it may be that you feel worse before you feel better.

 

Therapeutic Change

This diagram tries to show this. Imagine that in your lounge you have a cupboard, and that if you don't know where to put something you just stuff it in there. Eventually the cupboard is full. The lounge works OK but there is a load of unsorted stuff. This is analogous to Organised Dysfunction. You decide to sort out the cupboard and open the door. This is analogous to Therapy. You empty the cupboard and have stuff strewn all over the lounge so that you can't use it. This is Disorganised Dysfunction. You sort out all the stuff and find places for everything. This is Healing. Finally you have a lounge which you can use and an empty or tidy cupboard. This is Organised Function.

 

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