As well as McTimoney Chiropractic, we offer additional treatments to aid and compliment McTimoney Chiropractic depending on what you require. Gemma will discuss with you the options available to you during your treatment.
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of a Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. It acts by mainly stimulating the nervous system. Acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain killing and mood enhancing chemicals within the body. These are released in several areas of the body – around the needles, in the spinal cord where the nerves run and in the brain. The release of these chemicals promotes healing and recovery.
Western research demonstrates that acupuncture plays an important part in the management of pain and chronic disease, and can significantly decrease the amount of medication that is required. Research into acupuncture for the following treatments has shown positive statistically significant results:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Irregular or painful periods
- High blood pressure
Source: World Health Organisation
- Soft Tissue Release (STR)
Everyone needs muscles that are strong, supple and in balance. STR focuses on increasing recovery rates of muscular injuries, fixing muscular imbalances, and relieving chronic pain.
The basic idea behind this approach is to apply pressure to the muscle while it is being stretched. This integrated movement technique helps to correct muscular imbalances, including areas that have been injured or have scar tissue.
The application of of pressure during a stretching routine is communicating to the nervous system the re-programming of the muscles. This eliminates the old muscle memory of how your nervous system thinks your muscles should normally be like, which is why pain persists. When trauma occurs to muscle tissue, the effected area becomes inflamed. Once the muscle memory is evoked during STR, the muscles are encouraged to return to their normal state and the inflammation decreases.
- Strapping and Taping
In some conditions strapping or taping joints or muscles can improve function and recovery. This can be for sports injuries but can also be used to improve function during every day activities whilst healing occurs. This is not a long term solution but can be beneficial in reducing pain during rehabilitation.