Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles), and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.
Chiropractors have a specialist interest in neck and back pain but when they assess their patient they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, with an emphasis on hands-on manipulation of the spine.
They may also offer advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle, and rehabilitation programmes that involve exercises to do in your own time.
The McTimoney method of Chiropractic is a whole body approach. Typically the pelvis, spine, sacrum and cranium will be checked and adjusted where necessary in each treatment. This is because the body is interconnected and a problem in one area can lead to compensations in others as the body tries to maintain its posture and carry out activities of everyday living. For this reason, the limbs may also be gently manipulated or mobilised.
McTimoney Chiropractic adjustments are quick, precise and low-force and therefore comfortable to receive.
Any treatment will only proceed once a clinical assessment has taken place in accordance with General Chiropractic Council's Code of Practice and with your consent. On rare occasions, treatment may not be appropriate.
For more information please visit the McTimoney Chiropractic Association.
Referral: Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and if your chiropractor feels your problem is not suitable for chiropractic care or needs further investigation, they will liaise with your GP and other health care providers to arrange an appropriate referral, as long as you provide your permission to do so.