McTimoney Chiropractic

McTimoney Chiropractic

News regarding latest Coronavirus (covid-19) lockdown Thursday 31st December 2020

TotalMSK's Musculoskeletal therapy services have ceased operating as of Wednesday 30th December 2020. The decision has been challenging, but in light of the more easily transmissible version of the covid-19 virus, the decision seems prudent.

The COVID-19 situation has a massive impact on all of our lives and continues to do so. Our mobile Musculoskeletal and Chiropractic private patient treatment service resumed in a limited capacity in early July 2020. The mobile service will not be operational in Cambridgeshire for the foreseeable. That said private treatments are still available in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. It was necessary to change several ways our practitioners operate to help safeguard patients, the practitioners and broader general public. These changes impact how patients book appointments through to the actual treatment process and are regularly updated as required. Further details about the service can be found via News Page.

Musculoskeletal Chiropractors

TotalMSK operates mobile Chiropractor led Musculoskeletal (MSK) therapy services in Cambridge, Oxford, and Reading. MSK Chiropractic is a manual manipulative therapy profession that assesses and treats a wide variety of conditions of a Musculoskeletal nature. Chiropractors treat musculoskeletal conditions via a combination of mobilisations, soft tissue therapy, prescriptive exercise and manipulations or adjustments. McTimoney chiropractic is one form of such manipulative therapy. Equally, there are many ways of adjusting or manipulating joints (the spine and peripheral structures) and thus a wide variety of chiropractic techniques exist.

Chiropractors commonly treat conditions including:-

  • Neck pain (see article)
  • Migraines or tension headaches (some types)
  • Jaw pain
  • Back pain (see article)
  • Musculoskeletal aches and pain associated with pregnancy
  • Sciatica
  • Trapped nerves
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain (see articles)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Foot and ankle pain (see articles)
  • Work-related injuries
  • Sports injuries (see articles)
  • Wrist, hand and elbow pain

The McTimoney method takes a holistic view

McTimoney Chiropractors take a holistic view of health as many aspects of health are intrinsically linked, and therefore any assessment and treatment should take account of such factors. The following diagram highlights some of the factors that can play a part in health and wellbeing in general:--

Holistic view of Health and Wellbeing a Model

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 (for details concerning differences and similarities between a Chiropractor, Osteopath and Physiotherapist, please follow the link). 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 simply not the case.

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 a 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 a 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 are multiple and frequently complicated interrelationships between various aspects of health and even the biomechanics or biotensegrity (see article) of the human body. Hence, a holistic view of assessing, treating and reassessing, is just as relevant today as it was in the days of ancient Greece. The McTimoney technique has always taken a holistic or whole body view of assessing, treating and reassessing.

Chiropractors are probably best known for the treatment back and neck pain. However, Chiropractors, in general, treat far more than just neck pain and back pain. There are also various specialisms within the Chiropractic profession. Sports Chiropractic is one such specialism within the chiropractic profession. Sports chiropractors have a particular interest in sport and often undergo further relevant training. Sports Chiropractor work with athletes to aid with the rehabilitation of injuries, help prevent sporting injuries and increase sports performance. Other Chiropractic specific specialisms include Paediatrics and Animal Chiropractic, though there are more. 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 Chiropractor Toggle Torque Recoil (TTR)

McTimoney Chiropractic 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 and results in MChiro qualification. Qualified and registered Chiropractors are also granted the honorary title of Dr and are Doctors of Chiropractic (DC). McTimoney Chiropractic education currently takes between 4 to 6 years, dependent on the training modality and if a foundation year is required. Today Chiropractic education involves training in multiple areas of medicine and health-related sciences including;

Anatomy, Behavioural Science, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Chiropractic Studies (theory and practical), Clinical Neurology, Clinic Studies, Differential Diagnosis, General Medicine, Imaging and Referral, Research Studies, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Neurology, Neuroscience, Patient Assessment, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology.

Students also complete training in medical wet-labs as part of their education and a full year treating members of the general public in a college run Chiropractic Clinic. About a third of all UK Chiropractors trained at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, Oxfordshire (UK). 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).

Massage Registrations

Patient's can be safe in the knowledge that all of our therapist's hold relevant professional registrations and or memberships. Our principal practitioner Terry Davis MSMA holds memberships and registrations for Massage Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA). He is also BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy qualified and holds numerous other soft-tissue therapy qualifications. Furthermore, he has also taught at Advanced Diploma level (Myotherapy / Musculoskeletal Therapy) in Australia, including theory, practical and advanced Myofascial Release techniques.

Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC)
Sports Massage Association (SMA)