What is McTimoney therapy; Why McTimoney; Can treatment help you; What to expect from your first treatment; How many sessions will I need; Will I get help and advice to ensure the problem does not recur; Responses and reactions to treatment; Prevention is better than cure:
What is McTimoney Therapy?
McTimoney therapy is a straightforward and gentle method of mobilizing the joints of your body to maintain the correct alignment of your spine and to ensure that your body's nerve supply works efficiently. Through these subtle corrections, the overall position of the body improves. This can relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and help the healing process, providing a route to better health and well-being.
Your spinal column is made up of 24 movable vertebrae, the sacrum, and the coccyx. This column also houses the spinal cord through which nerve information is transmitted around the rest of the body.
Whilst the spinal column maintains correct alignment, nerve information is passed accurately. However, if any part of your spinal column becomes misaligned then a nerve may become impinged, compressed, or stretched, distorting the information that passes along it. This can lead to pain, discomfort, or restricted mobility.
A misalignment of the vertebrae or bones can occur for many reasons, such as incorrect lifting, car or sporting accidents, childbirth, falls, stress and poor posture.
McTimoney therapists use only their hands to make mobilize the joints of your body. The key to the success of the adjustments is in the speed, dexterity and accuracy with which they are performed.
- Whole skeletal system assessed and treated at every session
- X-Rays not required routinely, referral as appropriate
- Lifestyle advice
- Preventative as well as restorative treatment
- Gentle technique makes it suitable for people of all ages, young babies, pregnant women, and the more frail
- Some people just prefer this method of adjustment
Can Treatment Help You?
The following conditions often benefit from treatment
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints and bones Migraine and tension headaches
- Muscular aches and pains
- Whiplash injury
- Sports injuries
What to expect from your first treatment
I will will first take a full case history regarding your general health background as well as details of your symptoms. This will help in assessing and analyzing your particular problem. I will then thoroughly examine all the joints in your body, literally from head to toe, using only their hands, and make the appropriate mobilizations where necessary.
I was trained have a very finely tuned sense of touch, which enables me to feel for misalignments of the vertebrae and bones. Upon feeling a problem, I will use one of a number of light, swift and dexterous adjustments, unique to the McTimoney technique, to mobilize the joints.
If I discover or suspect a problem, which requires medical investigation or an x-ray, I will refer you to your GP. Wherever possible I will work in co-operation with your GP and a letter may be sent to your doctor informing them of your treatment, with your consent.
How Many Sessions Will You Need?
The number of sessions needed varies considerably depending on:
Your age: you generally heal more slowly as you get older.
The nature of the problem: a simple backache will often clear more quickly than a sciatic problem.
How long you have had the problem: generally, yesterday's injury will resolve faster than one of 20 years standing.
Most patients need between two and six sessions, initially at weekly intervals, then gradually more widely spaced out, by which time a noticeable change should have occurred. Once the acute phase of the problem has been resolved, regular check ups are recommended to keep your spine and other joints functioning well. The level of this care can vary from monthly to bi-annual treatments, depending on your needs and lifestyle.
I will give you a better idea of the probable treatment plan after I have examined you at the first session.
Will I get help and advice to ensure the problem does not recur?
You will receive postural advice after the treatment to help your body get the most benefit from the adjustments you have received and to raise your awareness of simple things that you may be doing that may be exacerbating your problem.
Responses and Reactions to Treatment
During a course of treatment most patients feel physical changes as the body re-aligns. These may include a brief period of stiffness or tiredness, but more often a feeling of well-being and relief from stress.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
This is also a preventative therapy, and when used in this way can greatly improve bodily health and well-being. Regular check-ups ensure that your body maintains a healthy balance in all aspects of its daily functioning.
Extraordinary events, such as pregnancy, sporting endeavors, or unusually high work or home life demands may prove less problematic with preventative care.