McTimoney Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions
What to expect from your first McTimoney Chiropractic treatment
Your McTimoney chiropractor, Allan Dalziel, will take a full case history regarding your general health background as well as details of your symptoms. This will help in assessing and analysing your particular problem. Allan will then thoroughly examine all the joints in your body, literally from head to toe, and undertake any further clinical assessment that might be necessary to determine that it is safe to treat you. McTimoney Chiropractors have a very finely tuned sense of touch, developed in their four years of training, which enables them to identify misalignments of the vertebrae and other bones. Upon finding a problem, Allan will use one of a number of light, swift and dexterous techniques, characteristic of McTimoney chiropractic, to adjust each individual bone that requires it.
If Allan discovers or suspects a problem, which requires medical investigation or an x-ray, he will refer you to your GP. Wherever possible Allan will work in co-operation with your GP and a letter, where required, is sent to your doctor informing them of your treatment.
Will I get help and advice to ensure the problem does not recur?
Yes. You will receive postural advice after the treatment to help your body get the most benefit from the adjustments you have received, and to raise your awareness of simple things that you may doing every day which may be exacerbating your problem. You may also be given some basic exercises or stretches to do if your chiropractor feels that would be beneficial.
How many McTimoney Chiropractic sessions will you need?
The number of sessions needed varies considerably depending on:
Your age: you generally heal more slowly as you get older.
The nature of the problem: a simple backache will often clear more quickly than a sciatic problem.
How long you have had the problem: generally, yesterday's injury will resolve faster than one of 20 years' standing.
Most patients need between two and six sessions, but Allan will give you a better idea of the probable treatment plan after they have examined you at the first session.
Do I need a referral from my doctor in order to get McTimoney Chiropractic treatment from Allan Dalziel?
You do not need a referral from your doctor to visit Allan Dalziel. Many McTimoney Chiropractors work with their local GP surgeries and more and more GPs are aware and interested in chiropractic treatment. As an association, we encourage our members to liaise with GPs and your chiropractor will typically inform your GP that you are receiving treatment.
Is McTimoney Chiropractic available on the NHS. Can I get private insurance to pay for my treatment?
Unfortunately, chiropractic is not yet generally available on the NHS. However, many private insurance companies do now recognise chiropractic as a treatment for which claims can be made.
How much does McTimoney Chiropractic treatment by Allan Dalziel cost?
Prices vary slightly from chiropractor to chiropractor depending on their location in the country. The cost of the first consultation and treatment is £60, and subsequent treatments will cost £40.
How many McTimoney Chiropractic treatment sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed varies considerably from patient to patient. Allan will advise you of an initial treatment plan which will take into account the nature of the problem, how long you've had the problem, your age and stress levels as well as numerous other considerations. However, as a guide, most patients, on average, need between two and six sessions, initially at weekly intervals then spaced out over monthly intervals. Once the problem has been resolved, preventative/maintenance treatments are recommended at intervals, which will vary depending on your individual circumstances.
What should I do after McTimoney Chiropractic treatment?
Allan will advise of ways that you can help yourself after treatment. Generally this will include the advice that you rest for at least 20 minutes immediately after treatment, and take it easy for at least 24-48 hours. Your chiropractor will also suggest you pay attention to your posture, refrain from doing any sporting activities or lifting anything heavy.
Will McTimoney Chiropractic treatment hurt?
The highly dexterous and light adjustments of the McTimoney treatment means that it is gentle and rarely painful. However, the treatment is very effective, and after treatment, you may feel physical changes as your body realigns. These may include a brief period of stiffness or tiredness, but more often than not patients report a feeling of wellbeing and relief from stress and pain.
Is McTimoney Chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic treatment is very safe. Prior to any treatment your chiropractor will take a full medical history from you to ensure that there are no reasons why you should not receive treatment. If your chiropractor suspects a problem, which requires further investigation, then he/she will refer you to your GP before giving you any treatment.
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates the chiropractic profession, and all chiropractors have to be registered with the Council to be able to use the title chiropractor. This means that members of the public can visit a registered chiropractor with reassurance that he or she has met all the regulations and standards set by the GCC to ensure the safety of the public.