More about McTimoney chiropractic

John McTimoney

Chiropractic is a drugless and non-surgical form of health care. Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body – the musculoskeletal system – and the problems which can be caused by accident, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and everyday wear and tear.

What is McTimoney chiropractic?

There are many chiropractic approaches and techniques used around the world, often named after their originator. The McTimoney approach to chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney more than 50 years ago. Still taught only at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, near Oxford, it is well known for being a precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care. The McTimoney technique is typified by a whole-body assessment and swift, light-force adjustments, making it a comfortable treatment to receive. The subtlety of the adjustment demands great sensitivity and mechanical skill and, once mastered, the technique can be extremely effective.

Chiropractors consider that the body benefits from having periodic chiropractic on a preventative basis; this way potential problems can be avoided.

The different techniques

Many people wonder about the differences between the various manipulative approaches. In general terms: 

  • physiotherapy works on the soft tissue between the vertebrae and other joints, and does not usually involve spinal manipulation;

  • osteopathy tends to apply long-lever techniques if the spine is manipulated

  • chiropractic applies short-lever techniques in a precise adjustment of the individual vertebrae.

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