Chiropractic is an approach to health care predominantly focused on the nervous system and the integrity of the nerve innervation of the whole body. It is a non-invasive and gentle approach, focusing on adjustment of the skeletal system; in particular the spinal column which is made up of 24 movable vertebrae, the sacrum and the coccyx. This bony structure houses the spinal cord, a soft structure formed from highly organized nervous tissue forming the channels of communication between the brain and the rest of the body.
This is a familiar response when talking to someone who has never experienced chiropractic and the answer to the question is yes….your McTimoney chiropractor can treat your back but essentially we treat you….and that’s all of you, from head to toe.
When the spine, which includes the cervical (neck) thoracic (rib cage area) lumbar (lower back) regions and the sacrum, (the posterior part of the pelvic girdle), becomes out of alignment then the spinal cord or peripheral nerves can be compromised leading to symptoms such as pain, pins and needles, loss of sensation, and weakness – or various combinations of these symptoms as a result of abnormal nerve function. Small misalignments can be detected through highly developed palpation skills of your McTimoney chiropractor who may adjust the bones in order to restore alignment. This will help to regain the structural and biomechanical integrity of the misaligned joint complex and in turn improve nerve function.
Since its inception Chiropractic has continued to grow in popularity worldwide and developed into various technique systems such as McTimoney Chiropractic, which is a whole body system that uses very quick, low force techniques that are applied by the chiropractor’s hands, and are suitable for all ages. As all body tissues are innervated by the nervous system, all areas of the body including internal organs can benefit from chiropractic as it facilitates the natural healing process that is a continuum within everyone.
The whole body approach is a significant aspect to consider as internal organs can refer pain to areas distant to the organ itself, therefore continual assessment of the patients overall health is a vital part of the McTimoney chiropractic protocol.
The McTimoney method uses a wide variety of low force, very fast adjustment techniques which to the observer may appear very light but the key to the success of the adjustment is the high speed, dexterity and high level of accuracy with which they are performed. On occasion there may be an audible pop (cavitation) but this is not the aim of the McTimoney Chiropractor. Efficacy of an adjustment is assessed by re-palpation at every stage of the McTimoney treatment.
At each visit to the Norwich clinic the skeletal system is assessed as a whole, and the patient’s posture, movement and general health all taken into account as an overall evaluation is made of wellbeing. Postural advice is frequently part of the chiropractic consultation as misalignments may be the cause of poor posture, and inversely poor posture can lead to misalignments – often creating a catch 22 situation.
It is a frequent occurrence for the patient to report pains or discomfort with no known cause, or to state that they haven’t done anything that may have caused their complaint, though through detailed evaluation of postural habits, often established over a number of years, it is often possible for their chiropractor to highlight potential causes of symptoms and advise for appropriate postural changes to be made.
Patients may present to the Norwich clinic reporting an influential event that is the cause of their condition, but it’s not unusual to discover events as far back as a patient’s birth or in their childhood that have been forgotten, and that have significantly contributed to the presenting condition. This can be largely due to the body’s natural process of compensation. This compensatory process, whilst preventing further damage to the affected area, has the potential to cause changes elsewhere in the spinal column to which the body compensates once again and so on until it reaches saturation point, and the body is no longer able to compensate. Pain and discomfort are commonly the result.
At the first visit to your McTimoney Chiropractor in Norwich a very detailed case history will be taken. This will include details of past medical conditions and presenting symptoms. Your chiropractor will then examine all the joints in your body from head to toe and neurological tests performed. It will be necessary for the patient to undress to their underwear for the initial consultation though treatment gowns are available for follow up treatments if the patient wishes to use them.
During the examination orthopedic tests may also be used to gain a greater understanding of the presenting symptoms.
Follow up treatments are generally shorter than the initial consultation and the number of sessions required varies greatly. The age of the patient is a determining factor as it is an unfortunate fact that we heal more slowly as we age. The duration of the symptoms also influence the treatment plan as a recent injury is likely to resolve earlier than one of long standing. The majority require from 2 to 10 treatments at weekly intervals initially. By this stage a noticeable change should have occurred though it may be necessary for chiropractic treatment to continue for longer. After any acute problems have been resolved it is advisable to keep up regular treatments in order to maintain correct alignment and keep your spine and other joints functioning well. These follow up treatments may have considerably longer periods between them, and duration is determined by wellbeing.
New Patients will be required to have a New Patient Full Consultation on their first visit. This normally takes approximately 1 ½ hrs and includes;
Treatment following a new patient consultation may be given depending on the findings of the consultation. This will be at the discretion of the Chiropractor. There may be a need to refer you back to your GP to get permission to treat, to clarify details or even request further investigation.
Postural analysis is another aspect of chiropractic that will be ongoing during your consultations, as it is essential for your chiropractor to know not only what you do, but also how you do it.
Chiropractic is not just for those with painful symptoms. One of the body’s natural responses to misalignment is compensation and this may not produce painful symptoms, however compensation frequently causes a compromise in performance.
Prevention is better than cure and Mark has found maintaining natural balance and posture has helped many people to improve their performance in sports, such as horse riding, golf, football and general daily activities.