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Maurice Lowe

BSc (Hons) Chiropractic

Registered with the General Chiropractic Council and member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association.

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What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor is a regulated primary healthcare professional, specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of biomechanical disorders involving the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. It is a non-invasive encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Chiropractic was developed in 1895 in the United States by Daniel Palmer, around the same time Osteopathy was developed.  It is not so well known in the UK, largely because more Osteopaths came to England, developing the first school here in 1917.  Although chiropractic flourishes in the USA, it was not taught in the UK until 1965 when the Anglo-European College (AEC) of Chiropractic was formed.  There are now three training centres, the AEC, McTimoney Chiropractic College and the University of Glamorgan.

What is a McTimoney Chiropractor?

McTimoney Chiropractors use a holistic, whole body form of chiropractic developed by the late John McTimoney in the 1940’s, founder of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in 1972.  This form of Chiropractic now makes up around a quarter of the profession in the UK and all practitioners are registered with the General Chiropractic Council, the governing body for chiropractors in the UK.

McTimoney Chiropractic’s use of specific local adjustments, delivered swiftly with low force and immediate release, make them comfortable to receive and suitable for people of all ages, including during pregnancy, babies and the elderly.  People who are anxious about high-force manipulation may find this treatment a suitable option. 
Because it is concerned with the welfare of the whole body, McTimoney chiropractic treatments tend to take a little longer than other methods but recovery may be seen sooner.  However, recovery depends on many factors, the nature and duration of the problem, age, general fitness, the commitment to the treatment plan and advice although typically we would hope to see improvement after 1 – 3 treatments. 

Evidence for Chiropractic Care

To establish an evidence base for chiropractic care, the Bronfort Report was commissioned in 2010 to enable a concise and comprehensive summary of the scientific evidence. The following are some common conditions that can be successfully treated in conjunction with mobilisation and rehabilitation exercise routines, key components of chiropractic care:

•Back pain (long and short term)
•Neck pain (long and short term)
•Migraine headaches/ preventative
•Cervicogenic headaches
•Shoulder pain (including frozen shoulder)
•Elbow and wrist pain
•Some forms of radiating Leg Pain/ Sciatica
•Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain
•Arthritic Pain, Joint Stiffness
•Coccydynia (coccyx pain)
•Muscle aches and pains
•General muscle & joint problems related to   pregnancy & childcare

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