Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession and one of the most widely used forms of alternative medicine in the UK. Chiropractic is concerned primarily with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions. The musculoskeletal system comprises the skeleton, muscles and other soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Problems with the musculoskeletal system may be caused by a number of factors including accidents, stress, poor posture, illness and general wear and tear. Chiropractic treatment aims to adjust the bones of the body to ensure optimal skeletal alignment and thereby to restore normal joint motion, improve nerve function and reduce pain. Treatment often also includes postural advice and exercises to help aid recovery and prevent further recurrences.

There are many different chiropractic techniques, the most commonly used in the UK are the Mctimoney and Diversified methods.

McTimoney Chiropractic

This was developed by John McTimoney over 50 years ago. A student of a graduate of the original Palmer School of Chiropractic in the US, he used his engineering expertise to develop the McTimoney technique. The technique is a holisitic, whole body approach to chiropractic care and is characterised by swift, low force, precise adjustments. Much of the McTimoney technique is centred around an adjustment called the “toggle torque recoil” which is a painless, high speed adjustment performed to release the fixation or realign the joint and reduce surrounding muscle tension. The gentle approach makes it suitable for all ages from young children through to the elderly. Almost 150,000 new patients consult a McTimoney chiropractor each year, resulting in more than 8000 patients receiving McTimoney chiropractic each day in the UK.

Diversified Chiropractic

Diversified chiropractic is characterised by a high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust delivered to the joint. The main objective is to restore appropriate movement of joints, improving range of motion and function. Diversified adjustments may be accompanied by an audible popping sound, this is known as cavitation and is a normal part of the treatment caused by the pressure change in the joint as the adjustment is performed.


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