The Chiropractor will first assess your general health, previous conditions and existing symptoms. You will then be asked for permission to allow the Chiropractor to conduct a physical examination, you will be asked to remove some clothing for this. The examination will include neurological, orthopaedic and muscle function tests, as necessary, to check the musculoskeletal and neurological systems and help identify the presenting problem.
The chiropractor will then clearly explain the results of your examination, the proposed treatment plan and, as appropriate, treat you using light dexterous McTimoney adjustments, which may be combined with other suitable techniques. These may include soft tissue treatment, diversified chiropractic adjustments and stretching. Following treatment, you may be given rehabilitation exercises.
If the chiropractor finds or suspects a condition that requires x-ray, medical intervention or specialist advice, you will be referred to your GP for further tests.
Each treatment varies in appointment length, please see the Prices page for more detailed information.
If you are a new patient then the following applies:
Your initial Chiropractic Consultation and first treatment will take approximately 1 - 1 1/4 hours in clinic. You will receive email confirmation of the booking, which will contain forms that must be completed ahead of your appointment.
An initial Sports Massage Consultation and treatment will take approximately 1 hour in clinic.
An initial Clinical Massage Consultation and first treatment will include a 30 minute telephone consultation and a 1 hour clinic appointment.
Most people find between three and six sessions sufficient to address straightforward problems, but the number and frequency of treatments will depend on a number of factors including the presenting condition, age, extent and duration of injury or problem, general fitness, stress and posture.
During your chiropractic care, symptoms are monitored to determine progress. Once symptoms have resolved, you may choose to help maintain your health and wellness, prevent reoccurrence and control chronic conditions by returning a few times a year for care.
Generally, your plan of care will include:
Phase 1 - Intensive: the treatment may focus more on your presenting issue and be more frequent initially
Phase 2 - Rehabilitation: time in-between your treatments may gradually increase, you will be given more exercises to carry out at home and treatment will focus on your progress stabilising.
Phase 3 – Wellbeing: depending on your job, lifestyle and exercise routine, treatment may be as little as once every 6 months, but many patients make monthly visits especially for soft tissue work. The focus is on helping to prevent injury and keeping your body functioning effectively for you.
During your course of treatment you can expect to feel physical changes as your body re-balances and realigns. These may include stiffness, soreness or tiredness, especially after your first treatment. You will be given advice on aftercare, may be given exercises and advised on any necessary lifestyle changes to help you benefit the most from your care.
If you have any concerns either during or after treatment, it is important to talk them through with me, feel free to get in touch.
Treatment is beneficial for all ages from small children through to the elderly, for people who sit at a desk all day through to athletes and for a wide variety of problems or just for well-being to promote health.
The majority of patients first come to clinic because they are suffering from pain, have movement problems or injury but Chiropractic care, combined with muscle testing and soft tissue work is also effective in preventing problems and helping the body to function effectively.
I am registered with most major health insurance providers, but you normally have to contact your insurance company to check if you’re covered for Chiropractic care and many will require a referral from your GP first.
Yes. In fact, McTimoney Chiropractic technique (often combined with soft tissue work) can be especially helpful during the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy when the body is coping with many changes including hormones which relax ligaments, alterations to the centre of gravity, gait and posture.
Any of these can cause muscle tension, imbalance and joint misalignment, resulting in pain and discomfort such as low back pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction, hip pain etc.
Both treatment and patient positioning can be adapted during pregnancy to ensure you are comfortable.
It really depends on what you’re being treated for and what exercise you wish to do. You will be given advice according to your individual case. Generally, if you’re suffering from mechanical back pain where you feel more stiffness and discomfort than pain, then exercise, which loosens up the muscles and joints, can help.
Listen to your body, if the exercise makes your symptoms worse or it’s painful to perform, then stop doing what you’re doing.
Many different techniques are used to get patients better, resolve dysfunction or injury and the McTimoney Chiropractic technique is safe and gentle enough to treat small children through to the elderly. Unlike other Chiropractic techniques, McTimoney uses fast, short lever adjustments on a relaxed body rather than increased tension on a joint during adjustments.
The technique doesn’t generate the popping or cracking sound that some patients dislike about treatment. In fact, McTimoney is considered to be one of the gentlest forms of chiropractic. During this effective treatment children will simply be asked to lie in a relaxed position either on their back, tummy or side.
Card or cash payments may be made at each treatment and receipts can be provided for patients who are able to reclaim costs from insurance companies.
Depending on the surgery generally speaking yes. Keeping the body robust and functioning as efficiently as possible prior to surgery will help to aid recovery afterwards.
Yes, treatment will be tailored according to the type of surgery/procedure you have undertaken and how you are recovering.
Soft tissue release, including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization can help with scar tissue and muscle rehabilitation and chiropractic care can help maintain joint mobility and function as you recover.
It is easier for treatment if you wear stretchy, comfortable sports type clothing (leggings, track suit bottoms/shorts). You will most likely need to expose the area of the body being treated especially for soft tissue work, but towels will be used to ensure your comfort.
At your first consultation, if you can also bring:
- relevant medical reports, x-ray/MRI reports or any doctors letters relevant to your complaint
- a list of any medications you currently take
Chiropractic care is recognised as being effective in treating neck and back pain, however, it is used to treat many musculoskeletal conditions including:
• Low back pain and backache
• Neck pain
• Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) and migraine
• Joint pain – including hip and knee pain
• Shoulder complaints – including soft tissue problems or rotator cuff injuries/disorders
• Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
• Minor sports injuries
• Ankle pain
• Posture related issues
• Muscle tension