What is Chiropractic? Chiropractic is the largest natural health profession in the world. It is a non-invasive form of health care based on the principle that the body has an inborn ability to heal without the use of drugs or surgery.
The primary role of the Chiropractor is to restore and maintain the health of the spine and nervous system in order to support the body’s natural ability to be healthy.
Chiropractic care is used regularly to help maintain good posture, promote health and improve performance together with increasing mobility and providing relief from pain.
How does it work? An individual’s health is either directly or indirectly controlled by the nervous system and interference within the nerve system, due to trauma or biomechanical instability, impairs normal function and lowers resistance to disease.
Through chiropractic adjustments, nervous system interference due to abnormalities in the musculoskeletal relationships of the vertebrae (called subluxations) can be corrected. This allows the nervous system to function properly, enabling the body to heal through its own natural recuperative powers.
The McTimoney approach to chiropractic is well known for being a precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care. This makes it suitable for people throughout their lifetime from babyhood to those in later life.
Can Chiropractic Help You? If you are suffering from the following conditions, you may benefit from chiropractic care:
• - Back, neck and shoulder pain • - Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints • - Migraine • - Muscular aches • - Sports injuries • - Arthritic pain
What to expect A full case history is initially taken to assess your general health, previous conditions, lifestyle and existing symptoms. The treatment involves the delivery of very fast, precise low-force adjustments where necessary, to help realign the individual bones of the skeleton. These adjustments are very gentle and usually very comfortable to receive. The whole body will be checked for correct alignment so that any compensatory patterns will also be picked up.
How many sessions will I need? Most people find between two and six sessions sufficient to address straightforward problems. The number and frequency of treatments depend on a number of factors including age, extent of injury, duration of injury and general health. Each individual patient treatment plan is different as everybody has a unique history. Many patients nowadays realise the value of preventative treatment and choose to have regular check-ups at suitable intervals to suit their lifestyle.
After a treatment To help yourself after a treatments and make the most of it there are a few things to try and do.
● Observe your repetitive patterns and try to correct your posture ● For 24 to 48 hours after a treatment be gentle with the way you use your body ● Drink plenty of water ● Avoid carrying heavy bags