What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Although the profession of Chiropractic has been around officially for over 100 years and adjustments, manipulations and mobilisations have existed unofficially for centuries, many people still don’t really know what the term Chiropractic means and what Chiropractic treatment involves. In this article we will walk you through a typical visit to the Hunter Chiropractic Clinic and explain what to expect, both before, during and after the actual treatment.
When you make your first visit to one of our three clinics in London there is a short registration process. Shortly thereafter, the Chiropractor will see you in a private room. There will be no long waits.
At this point, the Chiropractor will discuss the history of your particular problem which has occasioned your visit plus your general medical history with you. Next, a physical examination will follow which will try to understand how your body is currently working, including such things as alignment, range of motion at joints, the tightness of muscles etc.
Very occasionally, especially if there has been recent trauma (such as a whip lash or heavy fall) the Chiropractor may conclude that a further investigation, such as an x-ray or MRI scan is required. If this is the case, you will be returned to your GP for the appropriate investigation. At the Hunter Clinic, we believe that a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the problem is the key to long term satisfactory results. For us, the patient interview and examination are the bedrock of the healing process. Usually, no further investigations or scans are needed and so most patients then go on to receive treatment on their first visit.
Explaining What Chiropractic Treatment Involves
After the Chiropractor has come to understand your particular physical problems, he will take the time to explain to you his “clinical impression” and his understanding of what has gone wrong. Next, the Chiropractor will explain what needs to happen to try and put the problem right. The Chiropractor’s treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with you before treatment commences.
We will also discuss with you possible “reactions to treatment” which you may experience in the forty-eight hours after your first treatment. Most commonly these include some stiffness and soreness, though most patients do not experience these.
Andrew Hunter is a strong advocate of the McTimoney Method of Chiropractic. This well established methodology consists of quick and precise manipulations by the Chiropractor with the intention of properly aligning and rebalancing the musculoskeletal system. The McTimoney style adjustments are reatively low-force and hence relatively gentle and so are well tolerated by patients.
The McTimoney Chiropractic Technique is a whole body approach featuring these gentle and precise adjustments. By whole body, we mean the Chiropractor does not just consider and adjust the part of the body which is in pain. Sometimes there are more distant effects which are causing the pain in a particular area.
Also, the Chiropractor will use, as needed, techniques of soft-tissue release and may prescribe Corrective Exercises. The Chiropractor will also give advice to the patient about her or his posture. And, further advice about lifting and moving generally. We believe this whole body approach is one that will provide the best chance for long term satisfactory results.
Follow up and Ongoing Treatment
Good health is an ongoing process. Hopefully, you will begin feeling some relief from your pain after the first visit to the Hunter Clinic. However, as with most health regimes, it is important to continue with the your treatment and see the treatment plan through. Many of our patients have found that a regularly scheduled “tune-up” for readjustment (mobilisation and soft-tissue release) helps them to feel better, retain more flexibility, and lead a much more active life.
To get started on your McTimoney Chiropractic journey, we hope you will give us a call on 07855 916 602 to set up an appointment at one of our conveniently located London based clinics in Canary Wharf, The City (near Moorgate) or in Blackheath (SE3).