Chiropractic is a regulated primary health-care profession. For over 100 years it has been used by people to gain relief from pain and other symptoms and to improve health.
Derived from the words chiro meaning hand and praxis meaning to do, Chiropractic means done by hand.
Chiropractic is a straightforward method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve the alignment of your skeleton and through this process help the nervous system to work more efficiently.
The purpose of chiropractic care is to realign and re-balance your body to relieve pain and discomfort and increase mobility. It is a drugless non surgical form of health care, concerned with musculoskeletal and associated problems caused by accident, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear.
Chiropractors often also use a variety of other techniques including soft tissue work, ultrasound, therapeutic exercise, acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
What is the difference between Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy ?
There are more similarities between Chiropractors and Osteopaths and Physiotherapists than differences, they are derived from independently different schools of thought and their approach to patient treatment differs.
All are primary health care professions with each using orthopaedic and neurological examination skills to examine and diagnose their patients’ presenting complaints.
Both chiropractors and osteopaths offer amongst other things manipulation of the joints and soft tissue work on the muscles. Chiropractors may call this manipulation 'adjustments'. All will teach a variety of exercises to be carried out at home to reinforce their care.
A McTimoney Chiropractic treatment assesses the whole body, head to toe every-time and is straightforward gentle method of adjusting your body using the hands only, to maintain correct alignment, and to ensure that your body’s nervous system works efficiently. Many people can benefit from treatment from newborns to the elderly, during and after pregnancy, sports injuries and poor posture.
It's emphasis is on cause rather than symptoms, the swift light force adjustments make is a comfortable treatment to receive.
A gentle and precise approach to whole body health making it especially suitable for people of all ages and during pregnancy. It aims to correct alignment of the bones and joints in the body to restore nerve function, alleviate pain and promote natural healing.
It is only taught at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, with training colleges in Manchester and near Oxford, where students gain the MChiro qualification.
History of Chiropractic.
Daniel D Palmer of Davenport, Iowa started to develop chiropractic in 1895, his premise was any slight displacement in joints could interfere with the nerve supply and thus affected cells or organs could not function properly.
John McTimoney was taught by Mary Walker who in turn had been taught by B J Palmer, Daniel's son. He founded the McTimoney College of chiropractic over 50 years ago, where chiropractors are trained to correct misalignments using quick, gentle and accurate adjustments which ensure you experience maximum comfort.