What is chiropractic?

 

Chiropractic is one of the largest primary healthcare professions in the world. It is a drug-free, non-surgical healthcare system of examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. It is concerned with the framework of nerves, bones and muscles that control and support the body (the neuromusculoskeletal system) and the problems associated with them.

 

SpineChiropractors are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals who are trained to work with adults, pregnant women, babies and children. They often work in the private healthcare sector and sometimes within the NHS. They typically train full-time for five years and learn complex human functions including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal and nervous system.Male Spine Such skills, combined with extensive training in medical diagnosis, radiology and chiropractic skills means they are trained to diagnose your problem, offer an appropriate course of treatment or refer you to another healthcare professional where necessary.

 

A course of Chiropractic care might include manual therapy, joint mobilization, soft-tissue work, exercises, health and lifestyle advice. The techniques used are adapted according to the age, health and choice of each patient.

 

What is McTimoney chiropractic?

 

McTimoney Chiropractic Association LogoAt Coastal Chiropractic we specialise in the McTimoney method of chiropractic which was developed by the late John McTimoney over 50 years ago and is taught at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.

 

It is typified by a whole body assessment and swift, light force adjustments which make it a comfortable treatment to receive and suitable for the very young to the elderly or frail. It is also suitable for pregnant women. The subtlety of the adjustment demands great sensitivity and skill from the practitioner. Many of our patients find the technique to be not only very effective but also relaxing. It is especially suitable for people who don’t like the cracking or popping sounds generated by some other osteopath or chiropractic techniques.

 

Who can chiropractic help?

 

This list is not exhaustive by any means, but evidence supports that chiropractic care can be effective in helping the following conditions:

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes recommendations for GPs and other healthcare professionals to follow when offering treatment to their patients. The NICE guidelines for early management of persistent non-specific low back pain include a course of manual therapy (including chiropractic) as part of a treatment plan. The full report can be found by following this link.

 

What can I expect when visiting Coastal Chiropractic?

 

Coastal Chiropractic ClinicYour first visit to Coastal Chiropractic will include a full initial consultation usually followed by your first adjustment(s). This typically takes between 60 and 90 minutes and includes time for discussion (using plain English) and for you to ask questions. This consultation includes but is not limited to, a full medical history, a thorough examination including blood pressure assessment, relevant biomechanical, neurological and orthopaedic testing. Your chiropractor will discuss your diagnosis, the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment plan and usually offer you treatment during your first visit. Occasionally, your chiropractor may decide it is not appropriate for you to receive treatment during your first visit, or that chiropractic care is not appropriate for you. If this is the case, your chiropractor will discuss this with you and make alternative arrangements or refer you to another healthcare professional.

 

Coastal Chiropractic ClinicWe will always discuss your options and proposed treatment plan with you.  Improving your health is a team effort involving you and your chiropractor. Throughout the course of your treatment, your chiropractor is likely to provide you with home-care advice and exercises as an essential part of your care plan.  Without your input, your body will not heal as quickly and as well as it is able and you may require a longer course of treatment.

 

In order that your chiropractor can make a full assessment, you will be asked to undress down to your underwear (you may prefer to wear stretchy shorts) and you will be offered a cotton gown to wear. If you feel uncomfortable with this, please contact us and we will try to work with your needs.

 

Subsequent visits are usually of 30 minutes duration although occasionally more time may be deemed necessary.

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