Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a straight forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve the alignment of your skeleton, and through this process help the nervous system to work more efficiently. The purpose of chiropractic care is to realign and rebalance your body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility.

A misalignment of the joints can occur for many reasons, some physical, the most common of which are incorrect lifting, car or sporting accidents, falls and poor posture, others can be due to chemical or emotional stresses which the body is unable to integrate and adapt to. Misalignments can lead to pain, numbness, pins and needles, or restricted mobility due to hypomobile joints.

A chiropractic adjustment is a form of manual, controlled mobilisation used to restore motion to a joint which has become hypomobile and so has lost a degree of normal movement. It involves the gentle and specific application of force in order to allow the body to restore normal spinal and nervous system function.

The McTimoney Chiropractic method is known for being a gentle and whole body approach to chiropractic care. The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it suitable for all; including young children, pregnant women and the elderly.

The following conditions can benefit from chiropractic care: 

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Migraine

  • Muscular aches

  • Sports injuries

  • Arthritic pain


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What to expect

Initial consultation

The initial consultation will involve taking your medical history and conducting a full physical examination. The objective is to find out about you, your condition, and your health expectations and goals.

The examination involves a full postural analysis and assessment of your spine, joints, nerves, muscles and ligaments that relate to your condition using orthopedic testing. Any findings will be explained to you along with a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Please bring any relevant health or X-Ray reports with you.

If at any point your chiropractor discovers or suspects a condition that requires medical intervention, you will be referred to your GP for further testing.

Treatment

It is normally fine to treat you in loose fitting clothing, although in some instances you may be required to remove some clothing. Privacy and a gown are always provided, but do tell your chiropractor if you feel uncomfortable about undressing.

Normally patients will respond to treatment within 2-6 sessions. This is dependent upon several factors: your age, the nature of your condition, how long you have had the condition for, and what you do after the treatment.

Aftercare

After care is important to maximise recovery and wellbeing following your visit. This normally takes the form of stretches and exercises tailored to your condition. Advice is given on practical ways to improve posture to facilitate optimal health and prevent recurring injuries.


Your chiropractor

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Katie Hopper
Mchiro MMCA

Katie has spent 5 years at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon training to become a chiropractor. The integrated masters degree covered anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, musculoskeletal medicine and biomechanics.

Katie is also a qualified sports massage therapist. She finds the use of soft tissue work alongside the use of chiropractic very effective and often uses Soft Tissue Release, Trigger Point Release Techniques, and Kinesio Taping as part of the treatment.

Her interest in chiropractic stemmed from having treatment for herself and her horse from a young age, enabling them to achieve optimum performance.
As a McTimoney Chiropractor Katie is registered with the General Chiropractic Council Reg no 03920. She is also a member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, and Royal College of Chiropractors.

Chiropractic session times

Tuesday 8:30am - 12:30pm Chiropractic with Katie
Wednesday 2:00pm - 6:00pm Chiropractic with Katie
Friday 8:30am - 12:30pm Chiropractic with Katie

Chiropractic consultation fees

Chiropractic Initial Consultation   £60
Chiropractic Reassesment    £50
Chiropractic follow up treatment   £40