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Chiropractic and Complementary Therapies for Dorking, Brockham and Reigate

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McTimoney Chiropractic

with Doctor of Chiropractic - Abi McGuinness

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McTimoney Chiropractic is a low force chiropractic technique, which uses gentle, fast, light adjustments. We work to realign the bones and joints of the body, with particular emphasis on the joints of the spine and pelvis.

McTimoney is a precise and gentle treatment. No large twisting manoeuvres are used and this technique avoids any sharp turning of the neck. Here at Tillow Barn, we often incorporate soft tissue techniques into our chiropractic treatment sessions. Chiropractic has been proven in clinical trials to be effective in relieving low back pain, and can also relieve the pain of upper back and neck problems, as well as many other conditions (see below).

Patients at this clinic need on average around three or four sessions to resolve their problem. It is unusual for problems to take any more than six sessions, and some take only one or two. This is because we spend at least half an hour with you at each session. Your chiropractor will discuss how many sessions he or she thinks you might need before you commence treatment, but please feel free to ask us what you can expect when you call us.

To find out more about the McTimoney technique: click here to visit the website of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA).


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is McTimoney Chiropractic?
2. Which problems can be helped by chiropractic?
3. What happens during a treatment session?
4. Will I need to get undressed?
5. How many sessions will I need?
6. Is it safe for me to have treatment while I'm pregnant?
7. Can I claim for my treatment through my health insurance?
8. What is the difference between osteopathy and chiropractic?
9. How can I be sure my Chiropractor is suitably qualified?
10. What happens if something goes wrong?


Answers to FAQ's

1. What is McTimoney chiropactic?

Chiropractic is a method of adjusting the joints of the body, with particular emphasis on the joints of the spine and pelvis. McTimoney chiropractic is a specific chiropractic technique, which uses precise, light, fast adjustments. The technique doesn't aim to cavitate or 'pop' the joints.



2. Which problems can be helped by chiropractic?

Some of the problems that are commonly helped by chiropractic are:
  • General, acute & chronic backache
  • Joint pains, including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) (as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise)
  • Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)
  • Soft tissue disorders of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders
  • Mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
  • Migraine prevention
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cramp
  • Ankle sprain (short term management)
  • Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck (but not isolated occurrences)
  • Minor sports injuries and tensions
  • Plantar fasciitis (short term management)
  • Generalised aches and pains



    3. What happens during a treatment session?

    At your first consultation session we will find out as much as possible about your current symptoms to help in analysing your specific problem. We will also take a full medical history to assess your general well-being and to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

    Once the assessment has been done, we will explain about the treatment and answer any questions you may have. When you are happy to go ahead the treatment session will begin with an assessment of such things as posture, range of joint motion, etc. The treatment session will continue with a hands-on check of your bones and joints for any misalignments. The treatment involves a whole body assessment and a series of light, re-balancing adjustments. Throughout the treatment we will explain what is happening and happily answer any questions you may have.

    As well as providing treatment, we also help our patients to help themselves by giving them the necessary knowledge and understanding to prevent recurrence of their problems. You may be given some stretches or exercises to do at home. (We're always happy to see you, but we know that the less we see of you, the better for you!)



    4. Will I need to get undressed?

    Most patients wear loose comfortable clothing, such as jogging trousers and a t-shirt, which are easy for us to work with while you are receiving your treatment. However, treatment gowns and a changing area are provided in case they are needed.




    5. How many sessions will I need?

    Most patients need between two and six sessions to resolve their presenting problem, with the average number of visits being three or four. The number of sessions varies depending on:
    • How long you have had the problem: generally, a more recent problem will resolve faster than one of 20 years duration.
    • Your age: we tend to heal more slowly as we get older.
    • The nature of the problem: a simple backache will often clear more quickly than a sciatic problem or a joint sprain for example.
    Once the problem has been resolved, we recommend regular check-ups every three to six months (depending on lifestyle) to keep your spine and other joints functioning well and to help to prevent future problems.



    6. Is it safe for me to have treatment while I'm pregnant?

    Yes, chiropractic has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment during pregnancy.



    7. Can I claim for treatment through my health insurance?

    Many health insurance companies will reimburse for chiropractic treatment. Before making an appointment you should contact your insurance company to check what you need to do before you book. Some policies require a GP referral first and some have an excess to pay.



    8. What is the difference between osteopathy and chiropractic?

    Because of the expanded education and training programmes for both Osteopaths and Chiropractors, there are now very few differences between the two professions. In fact our similarities in terms of concepts and techniques now outweigh our differences and you may find more differences between individual practitioners than between the disciplines as a whole.

    When choosing who to go to, it's probably just as useful to make a judgement based on your relationship with the practitioner as on the technique he or she is using. You should feel comfortable and relaxed with them in order to gain full benefit from the treatment. Try to talk to them before you book an appointment. A good practitioner will usually be prepared to give you advice and information over the phone, without obligation.



    9. How can I be sure my Chiropractor is suitably qualified?

    The Chiropractic profession is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (clicking here), which was set up to ensure that all chiropractors meet certain standards of training, behaviour and professional skills. Anyone practising as a chiropractor MUST be registered with the GCC. This means that members of the public can visit any chiropractor with the reassurance that he or she has met all the regulations and standards set by the GCC to ensure the safety of the public.

    All chiropractors continually update their skills through a programme of Continuing Professional Development, which is overseen by the GCC.



    10. What happens if something goes wrong?

    Here at Tillow Barn we always strive to give the best possible service. However, we know that sometimes things can go wrong, so we have a complaints procedure for people to follow in order to try to resolve any problems that might arise.

    If at any time you’re unhappy with your chiropractic care here at Tillow Barn, please contact Anne Finch-James, the practice principal. She will do her best to address your concerns fully, providing you with an explanation and taking any action that may be necessary.

    Should you feel you need to take matters further, your next step should be to contact the McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA). To find their contact details please click here. They will be able to either resolve your complaint or help you to escalate it further to the the GCC (General Chiropractic Council - our regulatory body) if you are still not satisfied. Should you prefer to contact the GCC directly, their contact details can be found by clicking here.


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