Chiropractic techniques were developed by Daniel David Palmer in America in 1895.
Chiropractic does not involve the use of drugs or surgery. A Chiropractor checks for misalignments that could put the body out of its natural balance. They work with the patient to create a suitable treatment plan that meets the individual's needs. By removing these subtle skeletal misalignments, mobility can be improved and pain alleviated, promoting natural healing and health.
There are over 250 types of Chiropractic Technique in the world. At Cheiron Chiropractic the main technique used is the McTimoney Method.
The following conditions can benefit from chiropractic care:
- Joint pains
- General, acute and chronic backache
- Shoulder complaints
- Migraine prevention
- Muscle spasms
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
The McTimoney method of Chiropractic is one branch of the Chiropractic profession in the UK and is used by around a quarter of UK Chiropractors. The method is named after its originator, John McTimoney, who in the 1960’s developed his style of treatment from those techniques originally taught at the first college of Chiropractic, the Palmer College, founded by D D Palmer or originator of Chiropractic.
The McTimoney method of Chiropractic is a natural and non-invasive technique. It involves a relatively gentle, whole body approach. It is an effective and safe treatment due to the speed and dexterity of the adjustments performed.
McTimoney Chiropractic has helped thousands of people for over 30 years and around 150,000 new patients consult a McTimoney Chiropractor each year. Over 8,000 people are cared for by McTimoney Chiropractors nationwide each working day.
By virtue of its gentleness and precise but light adjustments it is suitable for all age groups from the new-born to the elderly.
The McTimoney method of Chiropractic treatment is very gentle and therefore can be ideal for relieving back problems during pregnancy.
Due to the subtle nature the treatment, it makes it especially suitable for pregnant women from the third month of pregnancy.
In order to make a more accurate assessment about the treatment you require your Chiropractor will need as much information about you, your health and your lifestyle. A full medical case history will be taken including details of any symptoms you may have.
The Chiropractor will then outline the basis of Chiropractic care and what you should expect during the treatment, including possible reactions and risks of treatment. Before any examination is carried out you will be asked to consent to Chiropractic care.
Orthopaedic and Neurological Tests will be carried out and they will also assess the joints of your body to check for misalignments. This helps your Chiropractor form a diagnosis and to check that Chiropractic care is safe and appropriate for your condition.
The Chiropractor will then discuss their findings and, if appropriate and consent is given, the first treatment will be carried out.
In some instances it may be necessary to remove some clothing for treatment to begin. Privacy and a gown are always provided.
After the treatment the Chiropractor will discuss the outcome of the examination and treatment and give the patient a report of findings. This includes a diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.
If your Chiropractor discovers or suspects a problem which requires medical investigation or an x-ray, they will refer to your GP. Wherever possible your Chiropractor will work with your GP.
You will need to see your Chiropractor again within a week of your first treatment.
During each subsequent treatment you will be given further advice and your care will be constantly reviewed by your Chiropractor, if needed your treatment plan will be modified.
How many sessions a patient needs depends on the following factors:-
- The age of the patient,
- The nature and severity of the problem(s),
- How long the patient has had the problem(s),
- General fitness and posture of the patient,
- How much of your Chiropractor’s advice you follow.
Generally speaking most patients require between 4 and 6 treatments initially at weekly intervals, then gradually more widely spaced out. By this time improvements should be noticeable, though treatment can continue for longer.
Once your health improves, you can choose to schedule a regular check-up a few times a year to keep chronic conditions under control.
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