The McTimoney Chiropractic Method
At the Hunter Clinics we offer the McTimoney Chiropractic Method. Our founder, Andrew Hunter, graduated from the prestigious McTimoney College of Chiropractic and has been a strong proponent of The McTimoney Chiropractic Technique. With centres located in Moorgate, Blackheath and Canary Wharf, the Hunter Clinics serve a wide range of the population of Greater London, with patients aged from young adults through to over eighty years old.
A Simple Definition of Chiropractic
Chiropractic means literally “done by hand”. It is based on finely developed palpation skills which are honed through years of training and practice leading to adjustments to the alignment of the spine. In terms of the spectrum of methods of Chiropractic available, the McTimoney Technique is relatively low-force and therefore relatively gentle.
To many people, the term “Chiropractic” denotes “bone cracking” when an audible “cavitation” is produced when the adjustment is delivered. This is not the case in McTimoney. There is no intention to produce an audible sound and the adjustments are generally silent. The aim of delivering adjustments is to improve the alignment of the skeleton and thereby, in conjunction with Soft-Tissue Release, Corrective Exercise, and postural, movement and lifestyle advice, reduce the pain the patient is experiencing.
A medical referral is not needed to see a McTimoney Chiropractor, patients can self-refer if they feel may may benefit from Chiropractic care. Also, you do not need to have pain to wait to see a Chiropractor. Pain is not necessary to assess skeletal alignment and the functioning of the musculoskeletal system.
How Can the McTimoney Chiropractic Method Help Me?
The McTimoney Chiropractic Method is not something new. The founder, John McTimoney, started in practice in the early 1950s and began training Chiropractors in 1972, well over forty years ago. The McTimoney Technique is still being taught today at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon. In general terms, it is a very precise approach that treats the whole body.
It is important to note that the Chiropractor does not just adjust the part of your body which is in pain, though this part may well be adjusted. The part of your body that is in pain may well be the “victim” of misalignment or poor body mechanics elsewhere. So, your McTimoney Chiropractor will assess your total alignment from the positioning of the bones in your feet to the alignment of the vertebrae of the neck.
Facial bones, arms and hands can also be checked out. The adjustments are generally quick and dexterous and low-force and so generally gentle. Receiving a McTimoney Chiropracitc treatment is usually not a stressful experience. The most common reaction to a first treatment is to feel a bit tired and need a quiet moment to rest before resuming normal daily activities. Generally, it is not recommended to exercise for 24 hours after treatment, at least until your body has got used to the experience. The subtle and gentle approach to adjustment of McTimoney Chiropractic can be especially appreciated by younger or older patients.
At the first session, the Chiropractor will assess the general health of the patient and begin a process of discovery that includes a physical exam and a discussion to learn about previous health issues and activities that may be contributing to your current ailment(s). The McTimoney Method of chiropractic is particularly well suited for treatments of many musculoskeletal conditions like back pain, neck pain, pain in joints and general muscular aches and stiffness. If during the course of our examination we discover a condition that requires medical treatment,mwe will refer you to your GP or the appropriate medical specialist.
Treatments can typically be expected to last for 2 to 6 sessions spread over a period of weeks, though there is much individual variation. The length of the treatment plan can be affected by the severity of the condition, age of the patient, and the patient’s general state of fitness and health. All of these issues are discussed before treatment begins as well as what the anticipated outcome will be.
At the Hunter Clinic we believe that the treatment process is very much a partnership between the Chiropractor and the patient. Once the treatments have concluded, we will follow up with the patient to recommend exercises and activities that will maintain the patient’s musculoskeletal integrity to help to avoid a reoccurrence of the pain or other problems.
A healthy, pain free lifestyle with our full natural capacity is the objective of everyone. Here at the Hunter Chiropractic Clinics we will use our utmost endeavours to help our patients achieve their potential for musculoskeletal health through a combination of manual care (adjustment, mobilisation and soft-tissue release), corrective exercise and lifestyle, postural and movement advice.
To find out how we can help you please call our offices in Canary Wharf, The City (Moorgate) or Blackheath on 07855 916 602 to set up an appointment.