Chiropractors work on the relationship between the nerves and the spinal column which protects the spinal cord. All organs and cells require information from the nerves to function correctly, and much nerve information is passed through to the spinal cord. The spinal column is composed of 24 immoveable vertebrae, sacrum and coccyx and is designed for flexibility, protection and strength. As long as the vertebrae remain in a normal alignment these functions are fulfilled. However, vertebral misalignments can and do occur. These misalignments can cause interference and impediment to the normal nerve supply and function and be the cause of pain and discomfort.
McTimoney chiropractic is a method of adjusting the bones in order to restore proper nerve function. If the nerve becomes pinched, stretched or compressed the information passing along the nerve fibre will be distorted giving false information to the muscle or organ it serves. The aim of the treatment is to remove the interference to the nerve supply by subtly realigning the bones of the spine, pelvis, thorax, skull and limbs. Patients report a wide range of improvements, ranging from: relief from migraines, neck and shoulder problems. tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome, all affected by the nerve supply from the top of the spine; to relief from low back pain, presentation of sciatica and menstrual problems, all relieved by adjustments to the lower spine. These improvements occur because the body is no longer responding to incorrect nerve impulses.
Your chiropractor will take a full case history from you regarding your general health background as well as details of your symptoms, which will help in assessing and analysing the problem. An explanation should be made to you of the aims and effects of the treatment, which will usually begin on the first visit. Your chiropractor will thoroughly examine all the joints in your body with a finely tuned sense of touch, and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary. Where appropiate your chiropractor will work in co-operation with your GP and will always refer for further medical investigations as considered to be required.
There are many factors which affect how many sessions you may need:
Most patients find that between 2 & 10 treatments will help their problem. After your first treatment there is usually a week until the next one, and then a longer span of 2 weeks and gradually the time span is extended.
After you feel better we recommend that you have regular check ups to keep your skeletal system in a good alignment. These can vary between 1 to 6 monthly intervals depending on your job and lifestyle.
Chiropractic is also a preventative treatment and when used in this way greatly improves bodily health and well being, avioding long spells of discomfort. Regular check-ups by your chiropractor are recommended to ensure that the body maintains a healthy balance in all aspects of its daily function's. McTimoney Chiropractic is a very gentle form of manipulation and is suitable for all ages, from new born babies to 100 year olds. Because of this we believe that chiropractic care should begin as early as possible, to detect and correct misalignments of the spine to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system throughout life.
No two people experience the same feelings after treatment. Your body will feel different and that is a sign of body changing and getting better.