What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focusses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. The treatment can be helpful in treating a number of conditions relating to musculoskeletal dysfunction – back and neck pain, headache caused by neck tension and pain in other joint systems of the body.
Chiropractic treatment combines joint manipulation, mobilisations and specific soft tissue techniques that have been found to be helpful in resolving these problems. The chiropractor can also advise on exercises, changes in lifestyle and postural habits which may be of more long-term help.
The first appointment takes up to 1½ hours. This gives time to take a full medical history and ask you about your lifestyle and activities, some of which may be contributing to the problem. The chiropractor would then carry out a full examination before continuing to treatment. Very occasionally the chiropractor may think it appropriate to refer you on to your GP.
Subsequent appointments are booked for 30 minutes to allow for reassessment and treatment. The number of treatments you would need to resolve your particular problem will depend on many variables but your chiropractor will be able to give you an estimate at the initial appointment.
In a survey of McTimoney patients, most reported feeling better in 2 to 10 sessions and 98% said they were ‘more than happy’ with the results.