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How McTimoney Chiropractic Helped Me Return To My Winning Ways 3 November 2016

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By Cate Jackson

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One snowy night back in January 2013 I had my first McTimoney Chiropractic treatment and I have never looked back.

As a former international swimmer, British No 1, Commonwealth Games finalist and holder of 11 British titles, I was approaching my 50th birthday and starting to feel that the years of hard training in the pool, on the hockey pitch and on the athletics field, were catching up with me.

In the mornings my body ached from head to toe. My shoulders were heavy and sore. I had stopped swimming training and competing at Masters level as I had stopped enjoying it. I was getting slower in the water and my body was telling me it was time to hang up my swimsuit.

I had made an appointment with Kate Hutton from Aspire Chiropractic (in Welwyn, Hertfordshire) on the recommendation of a friend, and, as the treatment progressed, I was not really sure what to make of it. Having been to chiropractors and osteopaths before, a light touch here and a slap of the hands there all seemed a bit odd. I started to think it was a waste of time. Such a gentle treatment couldn’t possibly be effective. How wrong I was!

 

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As I sat up at the end of the treatment I felt my shoulders drop back down away from my ears and there was no pain. My shoulder muscles had been so tight for so long I thought they would be like that for ever. To my great surprise and sheer relief, my shoulders were now moving normally again and without pain. I could feel my body continuing to change over the course of the next week and after a further three treatments my muscles had changed considerably. I had regular treatments over the next year and by the time my 50th birthday came around I was starting to feel much younger. I couldn’t believe the difference: fitter, stronger, pain-free. I started to think about swimming again.

A year on I was back in the pool. A challenge had been set. The World Swimming Masters in Montreal was six months away and I had to get fit and train to race in an Olympic size pool again. It felt good to be back racing and I was very happy to return with a medal and four top 16 finishes.

My next challenge was the British Masters in October 2015. I scheduled my treatments so that I would be at the peak of my fitness for the three-day competition and it worked. I came home with three British titles and a silver medal. I also took part in three relay races where we achieved a British record, a European record and a World record. All of which led to my world ranking of 8th and 10th in the 50m and 100m front crawl.

2016 started will with two golds and a silver at my latest competition. I like the winning feeling and it feels great to  be competing again. My muscles are much stronger and leaner, my skin tone healthier, and I generally feel brighter with no aches or soreness. I have also noticed that my sleep pattern has improved and I feel much calmer. I couldn’t have achieved all that I have over the last three years if it wasn’t for the McTimoney Chiropractic technique.

A note from Kate Hutton, Chiropractor:

Cate came to see me when I was just one year into my chiropractic career. I remember thinking that she didn’t look convinced during her first visit and she looked like she couldn’t wait for it to be over. Cate was then pleasantly surprised to feel the improvement in her shoulders and she has been a regular at the clinic ever since.  …

Working with Cate has shown me that McTimoney Chiropractic is not just a technique for getting patients out of pain but it is a powerful tool in helping to optimise the body, helping patients to achieve their goals whatever the may be. 

[This article first appeared in “Chiropractic Matters” magazine, issue 12]

 

 

 

Sciatica in Peterborough 24 March 2016

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Sciatica is an inflammation of the Sciatic nerve that runs down the leg from the spine. It is a symptom rather than a condition and may have a number of different causes.

Sciatica signs. You may have all or some of these:

  • Pain in the leg
  • Burning or tingling in the leg
  • Pins and needles
  • Pains or tingling in the foot
  • Pain in the bottom
  • Weakness or numbness in the leg
  • Feeling that leg may buckle under you
  • The feeling of water flowing down your leg, or ants crawling on the skin

The pain of sciatica can be a constant ache or you may get shooting pains in the leg.

Sometimes sciatica can be worse when you are sitting. At other times it is the movement of getting up from sitting that causes the most pain.

Causes of sciatica: irritation of the sciatic nerve may occur at any point along its path, it can be aggravated by other structures in the body:

  • A bulging intervertebral disc (a “slipped disc”)
  • The bones and joints of the pelvis
  • The piriformis muscle in the bottom
  • The muscles of the leg

Chiropractic treatment can help sciatica by restoring proper function of the joints and muscles of the spine and lower body, this removes the irritation from the sciatic nerve and enables the body to heal itself.

When you come for a treatment, David will conduct a physical examination and will talk you through his findings.

 

 

McTimoney Chiropractic in Peterborough 2 January 2015

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What is McTimoney Chiropractic?

McTimoney chiropractic is a gentle style of chiropractic that uses light, fast movements to adjust the bones of the body. It aims to improve the alignment of the skeleton and ensure that the body’s nerve supply works efficiently. Through subtle adjustments, McTimoney treatment may relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and provide a route to better health.

Can McTimoney help me?

The gentle nature of McTimoney makes it suitable for people of all ages including young children, pregnant women and the elderly. Studies have shown that chiropractic can be helpful for a range of conditions including low back pain, neck pain and joint pain, migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

How is McTimoney different?

Rather than relying on a few ‘big’ moves, the McTimoney method aims to address the whole body and achieves its effects by an accumulation of many small adjustments. The McTimoney chiropractor aims to check and, if necessary, adjust almost every joint in the skeleton at every visit. There is no twisting of the body into uncomfortable positions and no ‘gapping’ of the joints. People are often surprised to find an effective treatment that is so relaxing and enjoyable.

Is this just a ‘gentle treatment for gentle folk’?

Despite its gentle approach, McTimoney can be effective for all sorts of problems. Builders, labourers and others engaged in heavy manual work have benefitted from treatment at the Peterborough clinic; along with football and rugby players and others engaged in arduous sports.

Appointments

£51 for the first visit (60 minutes – including consultation and treatment), £41 for subsequent visits (20 minutes). Typically, the chiropractor will recommend weekly visits for the first four  appointments. Many people will see real changes and improvements in those four visits, others will need more. The total number of visits required will depend on the condition, how long you have had it and how you respond to the treatment. Regular reviews are conducted to ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit possible. Once a problem has been resolved, regular check-ups are recommended to help keep your spine and other joints functioning properly. You are free to stop or resume treatment at any time.

The Chiropractor

Peterborough man David Hallam is a 2004 graduate of the Chiropractic Degree Course at the McTimoney Chiropractic College in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and has worked with chiropractor Tyler Tx for many years. He is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and undertakes regular professional development training to keep his skills and practice up-to-date. He also holds qualifications in massage and sports massage.

Chiropractic and Weight Lifting 9 December 2014

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A great ‘before and after’ photo set:

Wassim is a serious weight lifter who recently took part in his first competition. He had been suffering for over a year with pain and tension in his left arm and shoulder that was affecting his ability to train and to keep the bar level when squatting.

Before treatment:

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Two days later, after a single McTimoney chiropractic treatment at the Peterborough clinic:

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Wassim noticed an immediate reduction in pain and an improvement in the range of motion of his left shoulder after the treatment. After his second appointment he took part in a 24 hour charity rowing challenge and was able to complete it without any pain from his left arm. After 4 visits his arm and shoulder movement were normal and he was ready to resume his full training programme.

I was particularly pleased with the results here as I deliberately didn’t do any heavy duty soft tissue work on Wassim’s arm and shoulder. Other therapists had already worked on the tight muscles there but had failed to loosen them. The gentle adjustments of McTimoney Chiropractic alone were sufficient to correct Wassim’s structural alignment and the brain-body connections that were keeping his arm muscles in a state of tension.

The Man With His Head In An Invisible Vice 4 September 2014

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A great column by Dr Phil Whitaker in the New Statesman magazine (22-28 August 2014) (just to be clear, the David in the article is not me):

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David was a patient during my earliest years in general practice: an otherwise fit man in his early sixties who needed an operation on his ear. The procedure went without a hitch but afterwards David noticed that he was markedly off-balance and developed dreadful headaches. His description stuck in my mind: he said it was if one side of his skull was being “squeezed and crushed in a vice”. He illustrated this with his hands, clamping and pressing them against his scalp as he tried to explain.

Initially, I hoped it was something that would settle spontaneously: side effects of the general anaesthetic or the painkillers, perhaps, or some deep bruising that would take a while to resolve. After a few weeks without improvement, I organised blood tests and examined everything my training suggested might be relevant. I drew a blank.

My ear, nose and throat (ENT) colleagues were similarly perplexed when he attended his six-week follow-up appointment. The surgery had been successful, they confirmed, and everything was well healed. They were at a loss to explain his new symptoms. (more…)

Peterborough Frozen Shoulder Clinic 4 July 2014

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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (sometimes known as “adhesive capsulitis”) is remarkably common. As soon as you start talking about stiff and painful shoulders you quickly meet a lot of  people who suffer with them.

It can come on without warning. A small pain in the arm or shoulder develops into a sharp pain or a burning sensation and, before long, simple daily tasks like reaching for things on shelves, gardening or just getting dressed become painful and difficult.

The movement of reaching behind your back is often greatly restricted.

The pain may come on following an injury or without any clear cause. The non-dominant arm is often affected. If you have a history of frozen shoulder on one side then you are at increased risk of getting it on the other side as well.

Pain down the outside of the arm is common, particularly at night. The pain stops people lying on the affected side. This disrupts sleep and adds to the misery of the condition. (more…)

Back Pain and Gardening 25 March 2014

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Working in the garden can be great exercise and has all the benefits of getting out into the fresh air and sunshine.

For many people, gardening is the only real form of exercise they get.

Care needs to be taken when returning to the garden after the inactive winter months:

 Before you start, make sure your tools are right for you. Ask advice at your garden centre about the height of the spade, hoe or fork you should be using. There are lighter ranges, long-handled ranges and those with ergonomic handles. It makes sense to try different types and find the ones for you.

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Rugby Players and Texting 30 January 2014

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I was in London yesterday for the first General Meeting of the Royal College of Chiropractors (have I mentioned that we have a Royal College now?). This was a chance to catch up with chiropractic friends and to hear about developments in the Profession.

There were speakers from the USA, Sweden, Canada and Australia, reporting on some of the great research being done by chiropractors around the world.

There was the brilliantly named “OUCH” study from Australia comparing the effects of real and sham chiropractic treatment.

A Swedish study uses mobile phones and texting to stay in touch with chiropractic patients and monitor their progress over time. Response rates using this contact method are remarkably high.

Another study showed that neck movement in the typical male rugby player is seriously restricted (and is usually worse after a game than before). By comparison, the movement of American football players is relatively normal – apparently that body armour they wear really does work.

Look after your back – choose the right bed 25 October 2013

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Every year up to 40% of the population – over 16 million of us – will suffer a bout of back pain and if you’re one of the unlucky ones, you will find that the state of your bed will quickly become a priority. A good bed, providing correct support and comfort, has an important role to play in relieving and preventing back pain. Here are some tips:

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Another week, another badge 23 September 2013

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The General Chiropractic Council (the regulatory body for Chiropractic in the UK) has issued the above logo to make it easy for Chiropractors like me to show that they are properly registered.

It is actually a criminal offence to call yourself a ‘Chiropractor’ in the UK unless you are on the GCC register. Registration shows that somebody has completed the appropriate training and has complied with the requirements for keeping their skills and knowledge up to date.

You can check whether somebody is registered by visiting the website in the logo.