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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]

 

 

 

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…)

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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How a fountain pen and a chiropractor restored my lost youth 10 October 2012

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This extract is reproduced by kind permission of the author James Delingpole, the full article can be viewed on The Spectator magazine website  http://www.spectator.co.uk

“… The even better thing I wish to draw to your attention, though, is McTimoney. I shan’t go into the medical/technical details: just Google it. Suffice to say that it’s a form of chiropractic devised 50 years ago which involves manipulations so incredibly gentle that during your first treatment you might worry you’re being ripped off. Where are the clicks? Where are the crunches? Where’s the pain to show you it’s all working?

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A chiropractic advert 24 November 2010

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This made me smile…

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Back Pain After a Difficult Pregnancy 3 April 2010

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A was a 42 year-old lady who came to the clinic with back pain and nerve pain (sciatica) radiating down her right leg.  She reported having ongoing back problems since the birth of her son 8 years previously. Both the pregnancy and delivery had been difficult – her son had been side-lying and required a forceps delivery. She had suffered from low level back pain ever since – with episodes of acute pain and sciatica if she ‘overdid it’. She had previously been very active but, over time, the ongoing fear of aggravating the pain had forced her to do less and less.
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Chiropractic and back pain … a nice advert 30 March 2010

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Now open on Saturdays! 14 February 2010

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In response to popular demand, Active Chiropractic will now be open on Saturday afternoons. Call 01733 750893 to book an appointment.

Award for Peterborough Chiropractic Clinic 27 January 2010

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An enjoyable day out in London last week. I was there to attend the Annual General Meeting of the College of Chiropractors and to attend the College’s Third Annual Awards Dinner held at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. I was very pleased to receive a Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) on behalf of the Active Chiropractic clinic. This is the second time the clinic has received this award.

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