Optimal Health Chiropractic Anne O’Donoghue McTimoney Chiropractic Clinic in Cwmbran serving Torfaen, Abergavenny & Cardiff

What is Chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a drugless and non-surgical form of health care. Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body (the musculoskeletal system) and the problems associated with it caused by accident, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear.
Chiropractic is widely recognised by the medical profession and the general public as a key part of the healthcare system, with its emphasis on a holistic or whole body approach in addition to a sound understanding of medical and scientific implications of the work. Chiropractors consider that the body benefits from having periodic chiropractic on a preventative basis so that incipient problems may be avoided.

Recent graduate Chiropractors have studied for a minimum of four years, which includes supervised treatments of over 300 patients before qualifications are awarded. The Chiropractors Act 1994 provides statutory regulation for the profession and the title 'chiropractor' is protected under this legislation. All Chiropractors have to be registered with our regulating body the General Chiropractic Counsel (GCC) which one of the nine statutory UK health and care regulators.

There is considerable published evidence that Chiropractic helps a number of different musculoskeletal conditions. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published recommendations for GPs and healthcare professionals to offer manual therapies including Chiropractic for early management of persistent non-specific low back pain, as part of a treatment plan.

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Chiropractic Techniques offered

Anne is qualified in a number of different chiropractic and soft tissue techniques to help improve your spinal / joint bio-mechanics and reduce nervous system interference.
The techniques used will be based on her clinical judgement and your personal preferences. Our aim is to focus on you and not your disease to help you live your life to its full potential. We agree your tailored plan of care at the start of your treatment and review this on a regular basis so that your needs and expectations are met. Whilst many patients respond well to the gentler, more subtle techniques, some respond better to those more physical adjustments.

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McTimoney Technique

The McTimoney approach is typified by a whole body assessment and swift, light force adjustments, which makes it a comfortable treatment to receive. The subtlety of the adjustment demands great sensitivity and mechanical skill, and the technique is evidence based and extremely effective. Chiropractors using the McTimoney method use their well-tuned sense of touch to locate areas where misalignment exist. They use light-force adjustments, which feel comfortable to the recipient, to align and rebalance the body, typically working on the spine, pelvis and skull.
To view a video about McTimoney Chiropractic click here McTimoney Chiropractic Association Video

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Network Spinal Chiropractic

Network Spinal Chiropractic (NS). NS is an evidence based approach to wellness and body awareness which uses gentle precise touch to the spine to cue your brain to create new wellness promoting strategies. It assists the brain to develop new strategies to:
- Experience the world
- Adapt to stress
- Dissipate tension from the spine and nerves
- Connect with your body’s natural rhythms
- Experience greater well being
- Make healthier choices
- Create a more self – correcting self reliant “magical spine”
- Develop the Somatopsychic and Respiratory “healing waves”
These two unique healing waves develop that connect to and release the stored tension in your body to use as fuel for spinal re-organization and enhanced wellness. Network Spinal Analysis is an evidenced based approach to wellness and body awareness and is exclusively practiced by Doctors of Chiropractic in relationship to the identification and self-regulation of spinal tension.

The shape, position, tension and tone of your spine determines the shape, position and tone of your life
Donny Epstein founder of Network Spinal
To watch a video briefly explaining SRI click here Network Spinal Care Level I Demo

Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI)

A series of mind-body awareness exercises known as Somato Respiratory Integration or SRI for short, can also incorporated alongside Network Spinal Analysis to help enhance the healing process. These techniques are based on developing mind body awareness. These can be used by patients to provide self help outside the clinic environment alongside or as a standalone treatment for patients who are experiencing chronic pain, through the enhancement of neuroplasticity in regards to the re3ducing dominance of sympathetic nervous system and thus deregulation of pain.
To see a video demonstrating SRI click here Somato Integration Demonstration

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) - Epply / Half Somersault Manoeuvre

The Epply Manoeuvre or Half Somersault exercise are treatments used for a specific type of vertigo, called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This condition is caused by tiny calcium crystals dislodging from their normal location in the inner ear and stimulating nerves that control balance. When that happens, the wrong signals are sent to the brain, causing disorientation and dizziness. This can be a very distressing condition but can be easily remedied with appropriate testing and treatment.

Biogeometric Integration

Bio-geometric Integration (BGI) presents a new paradigm in chiropractic by integrating contemporary, nonlinear science with the vitalistic philosophy of chiropractic, bringing an understanding of mastery to the art of chiropractic. BGI empowers the practitioner with an understanding of the innate geometry of the body, the biodynamics of how the moves and distorts as an integrated whole, and the force dynamics of both the osseous and soft tissue type adjustments. By learning these concepts it is easier to understand how the masters of the chiropractic adjustment bring ease and finesse to the adjustment. These tools assist the chiropractor in discerning the optimal positioning, force application, timing, line of correction, and location of the adjustment and all through hands-on palpation without the necessity of instrumentation.

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