BODYWISE Chiropractic by Tricia Hobbs DC MChiro
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.
My name is Tricia Hobbs. I started my working life as a Chartered Accountant and my journey into the world of natural therapies began when I became a mother and was driven by a need to understand asthma and food intolerances in my children.
I qualified initially in reflexology and began to become aware of and fascinated by the innate, healing power of the body. I was encouraged to try McTimoney chiropractic treatment to address mild symptoms when I took up running and was impressed by the power of such a light treatment to affect change in the body. I have recently graduated from McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon.
I am also qualified in Bio-Geometric Integration which is a conceptual understanding of the innate geometry of the body and force dynamics surrounding the creation and release of subluxations which result from misalignments and loss of movement of a joint or bone which can cause interference to the function of the nervous system.
The McTimoney Method
The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney over 50 years ago and is taught only at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, near Oxford. It is well known for being a precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care using quick, gentle and accurate adjustments ensuring you experience maximum comfort. McTimoney chiropractors strive for optimal health by treating the entire person and not just the area that pains you. The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it especially suitable for people of all ages.
Can the McTimoney method help me?
The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it suitable for people of all ages. It’s proven to be effective in treating the following conditions:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints
- Migraine and some headaches
- Sport Injuries
- Arthritic pain
At your first session I will take a full medical history and details of your existing symptoms in order to assess your general health and understand the background to your presenting condition.
I will then, with your consent, conduct a physical examination which may include neurological and orthopaedic tests, to locate and assess your problem. It is normal for me to require you to undress to your underwear during parts of this examination. A gown is always available and if you have any concerns at all about this aspect of the procedure please discuss them with me.
I will discuss the results of my examination with you and propose a treatment plan for you. Subject to receiving your consent, I will then administer an appropriate McTimoney treatment which usually addresses the whole body utilising light, dexterous adjustments.
My primary concern is to diagnose what is wrong. I will check for signs of any underlying condition and may refer you to your GP if I suspect you require medical intervention or specific medical advice.
Goal of Chiropractic
Chiropractic care is for everyone. We all need a well functioning nervous system because it controls every function of your body including the internal organs, hormones and the body’s response to the input from your 5 senses. There is nothing that the nervous system does not control, coordinate, stimulate or inhibit.
In addition, the biomechanical effects of restricted joint movement or hypomobility are wholly degenerative and can affect any tissues which are part of the joint complex i.e. skin, all spinal ligaments, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, fascia, dura mater and epidural tissue. Research has identified that measurable changes within the joint complex occur within one week of the onset of hypomobility. Although pain can be associated with tissue damage or inflammation this is often not the case. Altered joint biomechanics can stimulate nerve fibres which can have effects on the autonomic nervous system including muscle hypertonicity and vasoconstriction of arteries.
Treatment as a partnership between you and your chiropractor
Before I start treating you I will explain
- The results of my examination and my proposed treatment plan for you
- The benefits and any significant risks associated with your condition
- Advice about things you can do to help improve your condition and prevent it’s recurrence.
How many sessions will I need?
In most cases, patients with straightforward problems find that their symptoms have improved within 4-6 treatments. The number and frequency of treatments you will require depends on a number of factors such as:
- Extent and duration of injury
- GeneraI level of fitness
- Stress levels which can affect muscle tension and performance of the nervous system
- Posture and lifestyle
At the end of treatment, it is usually beneficial to schedule regular check-ups once or twice a year to maintain optimal levels of movement in your joints and associated good health.
How will I feel after treatment?
During a course of chiropractic care you can expect to feel physical changes as your body realigns. These may include stiffness or tiredness, particularly after your first session. I will give you advice on aftercare and any necessary lifestyle changes to help you get the most out of your treatment. It is important that you talk to me if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.
Regulation and training
In the UK, chiropractic training occurs at university level and a chiropractor is legally obliged to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). The GCC sets out clear regulations regarding training, professional conduct and ethics.
Improving the health of the nation
For over 50 years, McTimoney Chiropractic has been helping thousands of people feel better, with nearly 150,000 new patients consulting a McTimoney Chiropractor each year. That’s more than 8,000 nationwide being cared for by McTimoney Chiropractors every working day.
Call 01264 810004 to book your appointment with Tricia.