McTimoney Chiropractic in Cambridge - Reading

Mobile Reading, Berkshire based McTimoney Chiropractic

Chiropractor's commonly treat conditions including:-

  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Trapped nerves
  • Knee and hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches (some types of headaches)
  • Jaw pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Wrist, hand and elbow pain

Our practitioners have treated a wide variety of ailments to date, including sports and work-related musculoskeletal injuries/conditions. Treatments typically involve a mix of McTimoney Chiropractic and soft tissue work including techniques from sports and remedial massage. Our practitioners have found that the mixed mode training and treatments tend to produce better and longer lasting results for patients. Also, a mixture of training enables our Chiropractors to treat a wider range of ailments and conditions, than one might find from "pure" Chiropractic treatment. Treatments are also at least 30 minutes, which means that there is more time to treat you the patient. Our principal practitioner has developed a specific interest in Sports Chiropractic and the treatment of sports injuries over the last 11 years, due to his own previous experience serving within the UK's elite armed services and his extensive soft tissue training. Terry holds multiple soft-tissue related qualifications including certificates, diplomas and an Advanced BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy and has even taught at Advanced Diploma Level.

Mobile McTimoney Chiropractor Service

McTimoney Chiropractic is available as part of TotalMSK's Mobile Musculoskeletal (MSK), Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic Service. The private patient mobile service operates up to 20 miles from Caversham in Reading and 20 miles from Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. TotalMSK also operates a mobile Corporate Wellness Clinic service covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

The McTimoney Chiropractic Technique

McTimoney Chiropractors use a fast, gentle, precise, and dextrous adjustive technique. McTimoney is popular in the UK, in part due to the gentleness of the method and because it rarely produces 'cracking sounds'. Diversified Chiropractic technique is the most well-known technique in the UK. Diversified Chiropractic involves High-Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) adjustments. Many Osteopaths and Physiotherapists tend to learn and use HVLA. HVLA manipulation often produces joint "cavitation" and the "cracking/popping" type sounds. The vast majority of the general public associate these "cracking" sounds with Chiropractic. One does not have to produce "cracking" sounds to create change within the body or to be a Chiropractor. Many people seem to think that all Chiropractors are the same and use the same techniques or method, which is incorrect.

The McTimoney method is not the only form of Chiropractic to not produce "cavitation" or the "cracking/popping sounds". Other examples might include aspects of Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), Activator and Integrator. The McTimoney technique is very different from what most people view as Chiropractic. McTimoney Chiropractic treatments typically cover the whole body and take an holistic view of the patient, rather than just treating a specific symptom or area of pain. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates, commonly referred to, as the father of medicine also took an holistic view of assessing and treating the human body, even if general medicine then later took a much more reductionist view. However, research has shown that there multiple and frequently complicated interrelationships between various aspects of health and even the biomechanics or biotensegrity of the human body. Hence, an holistic view of assessing, treating and reassessing, is just as important today as it was in the days of ancient Greece and the McTimoney technique works in exactly that way.

Chiropractors are probably best known for treating bad backs and necks. However, Chiropractors, in general, treat far more than just neck pain and back pain. There are also various specialisms within the Chiropractic profession, including Paediatrics, Sports Chiropractic and Animal Chiropractic amongst other specialisms. The McTimoney neck adjustments are also very different from those performed by diversified Chiropractors. McTimoney neck and back adjustments do not require the twisting of the neck or spine or the application of a sharp (HVLA) thrust force, performed by traditional Diversified Chiropractors. McTimoney Chiropractors are probably best known for their characteristic Toggle Torque Recoil (TTR) adjustment, as used on the spine (back).

McTimoney Toggle Torque Recoil (TTR)

McTimoney Toggle Torque Recoil (TTR)

The late John McTimoney developed the McTimoney method, and it has existed for over 50 years. In the UK one will find both McTimoney Therapists and McTimoney Chiropractors. This situation came about after Chiropractic became a regulated profession in 1994. Some therapists did not wish to become registered Chiropractors. Chiropractic politics played a part in the case above and unfortunately still has a highly detrimental impact on the profession to this very day.

McTimoney and Chiropractor Education

Training to be a Chiropractor has changed a lot over the years. Today, Chiropractic education is at University Undergraduate Masters level. McTimoney Chiropractic education currently takes between 4 to 6 years and involves training in multiple areas of medicine including, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Chiropractic philosophy, Chiropractic (practical), Differential Diagnosis, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Neurology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, and even medical wet labs. The educational duration does depend on the training modality and if a foundation year is required. About a third of all UK Chiropractors trained at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. The General Chiropractic Council (GCC), regulates the UK Chiropractic profession. One can only work as a Chiropractor if registered with the GCC in the UK. McTimoney Chiropractors’ are also eligible to join the Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC).


Chiropractic and Massage Registrations

All of our practitioner's hold relevant professional industry registrations and or memberships. Our principal practitioner Terry Davis MSMA holds additional memberships and registrations for Massage Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC) and is BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy qualified and holds professional membership with the Sports Massage Association (SMA):-

Chiropractic and Massage RegistrationsSports Massage Association (SMA)General Chiropractic CouncilComplementary & Natural Health Council