PAIN - IT'S PERSONAL!
Some people just need a nudge in the right direction with a couple of sessions chiropractic treatment before they go it alone. Others may be on a longer journey and want someone to go the distance with them while they learn the skills they need to manage by themselves - everyone is different.
I have a relaxed and informal approach to working with my clients, with an emphasis on coaching and rehabilitation. That means sessions with me are longer than you may be used to if you have seen a chiropractor in the past.
McTimoney is a low force technique and may feel more gentle in contrast to other types of chiropractic treatment, which makes it comfortable and enjoyable to receive. I encourage clients to engage with how their body feels throughout the treatment, so you are actively involved in the process.
In addition to providing chiropractic treatment and other gentle manual therapy techniques, I teach somatic movement - a life skill enabling you to relieve pain and restore a sense of comfort and ease to mind and body.
My clients enjoy free access to a wide range of self-directed online and app-based interventions to support mental health and wellbeing, such as mindfulness, hypnotherapy and CBT.
You may decide to integrate all or some of these elements into a comprehensive package, depending on your lifestyle and preferences. Pain is personal; your experience is unique and individual - and that is why I will treat you that way.
Click below for more info about each service.
I have been a McTimoney Chiropractor since 2008. Through my own experience of chronic pain (endometriosis) and after several years of seeing people with persistent musculoskeletal pain in clinical practice, I developed a special interest in pain.
Since then, I have continued to study psychology and applied neuroscience, and learn advanced skills in pain management and rehabilitation. I now work as a psychology informed musculoskeletal and movement practitioner.
I aim to inspire my clients to take an active role in their recovery, to find comfort and renewed freedom of movement in their body, and feel empowered to move forward in life with confidence and ease.
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The Islington practice is in Prebend Street, N1 8PT. It's is close to Angel underground and Essex Road overground stations. Full details are provided when booking.
For information about consultation fees and directions, please click HERE.
Apart from the clinic in north London, I also maintain my practices in Cardiff and Marlborough.
If you are looking for the details of the chiropractic clinic in Cardiff, please click HERE.
For McTimoney Chiropractic in Marlborough in Wiltshire, please click HERE.
Here's an introduction to the techniques - all of them are gentle, none of them are forceful. It's my belief that the body responds to gentleness and this is my working philosophy. Less is more!
John McTimoney began teaching his unique approach to chiropractic in 1972. It is concerned with the integrity of the skeletal system and its relationship to the muscular and nervous systems. Using the bones as little levers to gently manipulate the joints, McTimoney chiropractic adjustments are light and swift. Done entirely by hand, the practitioner uses very little force, which makes this soothing and restorative treatment comfortable to receive.
Chiropractic is commonly considered to be a valid treatment for low back pain and sciatica, as well as mechanical neck pain. However, it is also proven to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.
Should you be suffering with a shoulder condition, including rotator cuff injury and soft tissue disorders, chiropractic can be considered an appropriate choice for you.
It can also provide relief from headaches that arise from the neck and is helpful in the prevention of migraine.
Chiropractic is beneficial for people experiencing pain and stiffness in their joints, and may be used to complement the core treatment of hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis, in conjunction with exercise.
You don't have to be in pain to benefit from seeing a McTimoney chiropractor - the treatment also supports those striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Chiropractors can help with minor sports injuries and tensions, and the treatment is also good for those who suffer from muscular tension and an inability to relax.
ONLINE SOMATIC MOVEMENT EXERCISE
Somatic Movement Education teaches you simple self care exercises that you can do at home as a regular practice, or when you feel you need to. It can help you manage pain and stiffness between treatments, giving you more control over your symptoms.
Thomas Hanna developed his purely physical approach to somatic education, also known as Hanna Somatics, into simple movements. In this context, somatic means the sense of connection between one's conscious awareness and their physical body - or more simply, your experience of being in your body.
Thomas Hanna believed the physical deterioration we experience as we advance in years was not the result of ageing, but the body's learned responses to stress and our modern lifestyles. Using a technique called "pandiculation", movements are not intended to strengthen or stretch, but to reverse the patterns of chronic tension that develop and persist in response to the emotional and physical challenges we face over the course of our lives.
Somatic Movement is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or fitness. Benefits include stress relief, a feeling of well-being and a sense of freedom of movement. Whether your aim is to move with ease throughout your daily activities, enhance your yoga practice, or your performance in more vigorous pursuits, practising Somatic Movement can help you.
What does an online session involve?
Somatic movement is similar to yoga or pilates in that they are done lying, sitting or standing. No special equipment is required, except a device with a webcam. After booking an email will land in your inbox with a link. At the appointment time you click on the link and the video link will open - no need to sign up or sign in. The session begins with a body scan so you can identify areas of tension. We then move slowly through two to four somatic movement exercises, checking in with the body scan to notice any changes. I talk you through them and you can also watch me demonstrate - you learn by listening, seeing and doing.
ONLINE WORKSTATION ASSESSMENTS
As if the world needed another three letter acronym, WFH has entered our language and it's here to stay. If you need to catch up, WFH stands for working from home. Although WFH has many advantages - easy commute from bed to kitchen/dining table, casual dress day every day, spending more time with your beloved pet, etc - our backs and necks may be feeling the strain. Finding a comfortable posture becomes impossible and as the day wears on, you become more focused on pain and stiffness than on work. If you want to find a way to sit with ease at your desk/table/breakfast bar and establish a more sustainable WFH routine, then an online workstation assessment is for you.
What is involved?
We connect online with you in your normal WFH position with your PC or device. I assess where you might be going wrong and suggest some ideas to get you into a more comfortable position. Then I teach you a few somatic movement exercises you can do right there at your workstation to release tension in your neck, shoulder and back muscles so you can focus more clearly and effectively on your work tasks. We can also discuss a few simple cognitive interventions you can employ to stop WFH taking over your life, which is especially useful if, like me, you are working in a small or multipurpose space.
Introduced to the UK by Ross Emmett in 2007, this light muscle release technique aims to restore balance to the musculoskeletal system.
Emmett Technique is performed by applying light pressure to specific points on the body, sometimes combined with a gentle switching action, often producing results that can be immediately observed. It has been designed to be used in combination with other modalities and its gentle mode of application complements McTimoney Chiropractic perfectly.
More details about Ross Emmett and his work can be found on the Emmett Technique UK website HERE.