Chiropractic (from the Greek cheiro - 'hand' and prakos 'done by') is a system of gentle adjustment to treat disorders of the joints and muscles and their effect on the nervous system. It is effective for back and neck pain, whiplash injury, headaches, arm and leg pain, migraine and sports related injury.

McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentle, effective whole body manipulative method. It aims to correct spine and joint alignment, restore nerve function and alleviate pain.

The underlying fundamental of this therapy is an understanding of the spinal column and nervous system and their role in maintaining normal health. No drugs or surgery is used. Hippocrates himself, the father of healing, stated 'look well to the spine for the cause of disease'.

The two main manipulative professions are Chiropractic and Osteopathy and the two professions share much in common. Chiropractors undergo a four year course of professional training followed by postgraduate work in an established clinic. Most Chiropractors use X-ray equipment to assist with diagnosis and rule out pathology and fractures. Usually the patient is X-Rayed in a standing, normal weight bearing position.

Practitioners and Training Course information

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is a UK-wide statutory body with regulatory powers, established by the Chiropractors Act 1994. Their three main duties:

  • To protect the public by establishing and operating a scheme of statutory regulation for chiropractors
  • To set the standards of chiropractic education, conduct and practice
  • To ensure the development of the profession of chiropractic, using a model of continuous improvement in practice