Developed by John McTimoney, over 50 years ago, the technique
is only taught at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon,
near Oxford and is now practiced by over a quarter of chiropractors
in the UK.
The McTimoney approach addresess the body from head to toe,
using precise, fast, light adjustments. The adjustments are performed
by hand to the bones with the aim of gently re-establishing the correct alignment and function of the joints and to ensure that the body’s nerve supply works efficiently. A thorough assessment of the patient takes place and addresses all joints from the head to the toes.
With a focus on maximum patient comfort the McTimoney technique is a gentle alternative to those who prefer not to experience ‘cracking’ or ‘popping’ sounds.
McTimoney's gentle but thorough approach means that a treatment might take a little longer to perform than some other techniques and extra time is required (about 45 minutes) to complete each session.
The Activator adjusting instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force,
high-speed impulse. It looks rather like a combination of a syringe and a pogo stick and has a hard rubber foot at its tip and an adjustable spring tensioner applying the force.
It was designed to be an alternative method to the manual techniques chiropractors employ to manipulate the spine and extremities and as with most chiropractic adjustments, they are done gently and with as little force as possible.
The chiropractic activator has been found to be effective having undergone 35 years of research and testing.
Because of its effectiveness and gentle nature, the activator has grown to become the world's most widely used chiropractic instrument.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are areas of hyperirritability in a skeletal muscle that literally 'trigger' a painful response.
They cause the muscle to remain tight, which weakens the muscle and puts stress on the points where the
muscles attach to the bones as well. This often leads to pain in nearby joints.
A unique feature that distinguishes Trigger Points from other muscle pain is that trigger points almost always refer pain to other areas of the body.
Treating trigger points requires that heavy pressure is applied to the tender nodule, which might lead to a temporary increase in pain, but with the intention that tension and circulation is relieved, ROM is improved and flexibility is restored. Trigger Point therapy can reduce pain, increase movement, and allows the muscles to lengthen and become stronger again.
Soft Tissue Release
Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a highly effective massage technique in treating minor soft tissue or overuse injuries. The technique can be used on anyone with chronic muscle pain such as computer related strain or back pain.
Using a combination of movement and muscle manipulation, STR can work to re-educate the nervous system. Like pressing the re-set button.
STR will also aid recovery of soft tissue damage. If the soft tissues are free to move in a controlled and separate way, they will facilitate joint mobilization and help maintain the effect of the other treatment.
Rehabilitation is an important part of chiropractic care, and our chiropractors are keen to advise you specific after care routines. This might involve stretching or strengthening exercises as well as nutrition, hot/ cold applications or lifestyle recommendations. Whatever it takes for you to get back to your normal routine.
As well as focusing on 'rehab', it is also worth noting the role that chiropractic care plays in 'prehab'. At Helston Chiropractic Clinic, we are not just concerned with injury treatment but also, in how to prevent injury in the first place. Identifying a problem before any clinical symptoms arise, is the key to preventing traumas that could lead to time away from work or sport, but also useful in maximising your performance too.