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! Continue reading “How McTimoney Chiropractic Helped Me Return To My Winning Ways”
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.
Two days later, after a single McTimoney chiropractic treatment at the Peterborough clinic:
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.
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 neck movement of American football players is relatively normal – apparently that body armour they wear really does work.
Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) is a soft-tissue technique that addresses the pain and loss of function caused by many of the most common injuries affecting the nerves, muscles, connective tissue and joints. It combines elements of sports massage, trigger point therapy, fascial release and active release techniques.
An interesting piece of training on Saturday 12th September. Chiropractors were given the opportunity to try their hand at clay pigeon shooting and then take part in a discussion about the sorts of injuries seen among people who use guns for sport or work.
As you can imagine, shooting folk tend to get a lot of neck and shoulder problems – particularly when using guns with heavy recoil. Many people put up with these aches and pains because they don’t realise that anything can be done about them – but it’s always worth discussing them with a chiropractor or other professional as such conditions can often be improved or managed.