What is chiropractic ?

Chiropractic is the largest primary healthcare profession in the western world after medicine and dentistry. It focuses on problems involving the muscles, skeleton and nervous system and their effects on general health.

Most people initially visit a chiropractor when they are experiencing pain, however as well as providing relief for symptomatic pain; chiropractic has an important role in promoting health. Chiropractors adopt a holistic approach offering advice on lifestyle as well as how you use your body, thus aiming to reduce the recurrence of problems.

Chiropractors are able to help restore joint mobilisation by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as badly lifting a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for long periods of time. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissues can help restore mobility so helping alleviate pain and muscle tightness. Correct alignment or your spine enables your body’s nerve supply work efficiently.

Chiropractors practise a drug-free, hands-on approach; they are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.


Can anyone call themselves a Chiropractor?

In common with medical practitioners and dentists chiropractors are registered by law under the Chiropractors Act 1994 and It is illegal for anyone in the UK to use the title "Chiropractor" or imply that they are a chiropractor unless they are registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) www.gcc-uk.org.

The profession is statutorily regulated through the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illigal to practice as a chiropractor without registration. Hilary Royall’s registration number is 3302.

To become a McTimoney chiropractor, you must complete a five-year degree course, which is accredited by the General Chiropractic Council and validated by the University of Wales. Like medics, chiropractors are required to embark on 30 hours of study each year in order to retain their registration. This ensures that their awareness and skills remain up to date.

The Logo Explained

The logo depicts Cheiron, who was the wisest of the Greek centaurs. A teacher and a healer, Cheiron was tutor to both Achilles and Jason. Apart from his obvious connection with teaching and healing, Cheiron admirably illustrates the dual application of the McTimoney technique to both humans and animals and is the McTimoney Logo.

The Latin motto, In Manu Vis Medendi, means 'in the hands is healing'.

Cheiron and the motto form the emblem of McTimoney practitioners and may be displayed only by those who have successfully completed their training at the McTimoney College.


History of Chiropractic

McTimoney is a particular type of chiropractic that is typically gentle in nature and involves very fast and precise adjustments.

The McTimoney method is named after its instigator, John McTimoney, who developed a gentle, whole-body approach from existing chiropractic techniques. In the region of one quarter of all chiropractors in the UK use the McTimoney method.


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