What to expect at the first and subsequent appointments

What will happen at the first appointment?               

I allow 2 hours for the first appointment as this will include an assessment and first treatment. Subsequent appointments will last up to 45 minutes.

At the first appointment I will talk to you about the reason you have come and take a full description of your symptoms. A complete health history will be taken and a physical examination will be carried out to make sure that chiropractic is suitable for you, that there is no underlying medical cause of your problem and to determine the best treatment plan for your needs.

In order for me to assess you best and get a full picture of what's going on with your bones, joints and muscles you will need to wear light clothing or underwear, or if you prefer, you may wear a gown that I will provide. 

After assessment and explanation you will have your first McTimoney chiropractic treatment.  I will explain what I am doing and what I am finding as I go along but please feel free to ask any questions.

You will receive postural advice after the treatment to help your body get the most benefit from the adjustments you have received, and to raise your awareness of simple things that you may doing every day which may be exacerbating your problem. You may also be given some basic exercises or stretches that would be beneficial to you.

How will I feel after a treatment?

This varies from person to person. As the body realigns with chiropractic care, some people may feel tired or stiff the following day, especially after the first treatment. It is important to take care of your body for a couple of days after treatment and avoid sport, lifting and vigorous activity.

How many treatments will I need?

The initial aim of the treatment plan is to reduce the level of your symptoms. The number of sessions you will need depends on the nature of your problem, how long you have had it, your general health, occupation and lifestyle and how you respond to treatment. A straightforward, recent problem will respond more quickly than a long standing one. One treatment is unlikely to be enough. Typically, people find 2-6 sessions sufficient to get them on an even keel, but everyone is different.

Initially appointments may be weekly where necessary, becoming less frequent after a few sessions. The long term aim is to prevent recurrence. Chiropractors find that the body benefits from having periodic chiropractic care on a preventative basis so that recurrence or incipient problems may be avoided. Therefore, after a course of treatment has finished, I will discuss with you an appropriate maintenance programme.