Back Pain

Back pain can refer from a variety of structures in the spine and associated tissues, including intervertebral discs, ligaments, muscles, joints, and nerve roots. The back is a sensitive structure, with several curves essential for weight distribution and deep core-muscles that offer important structural support to the spine. Cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar (low back) segments can all be troublesome areas. However, due to the increased demand of the lumbar spine to weight-bear, the lower back is a common site of pain, and results in 180 million lost working days per year, as well as costing the health serves approximately -1.6 billion per annum.

The term non-specific low back pain describes tension, soreness and stiffness in the lower back, for which it isn-t possible to identify a specific cause of the pain. However, several structures may be involved in contributing to symptoms, including spinal joints, discs, and connective tissues. In addition to non-specific back pain, individuals may experience other conditions related to the back, including:

  • Acute nerve-root compression
  • Spondylosis
  • Whiplash
  • Scoliosis
  • Disc prolapse

Back pain can result in significantly reduced movement, and function, along with chronic pain. McTimoney Chiropractors offer a non-surgical treatment of back pain by focusing on manual therapy applied to the spine and associated structures to reduce pain and increase movement. Furthermore, many scientific studies have shown the effectiveness of manual therapy commonly used by McTimoney Chiropractors for treatment of back pain, as well as for treatment of herniated intervertebral discs and radicular symptoms.

Deborah Cain McTimoney Chiropractor offer highly skilled and experienced practitioners for the effective treatment of back pain, to help improve your function and reduce your pain.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

The neck and shoulder are both sensitive structures with intricate anatomy. Furthermore, both structures sacrifice having the structural stability of some of the other joints in the body, for the extra mobility needed at these parts of the body. Quite often, shoulder pain can refer from problems in the neck, due to the closely connected muscular and nerve supply in the shoulder, which originates from the neck.

Neck pain can affect people of all ages for a variety of reasons. Commonly, neck pain can develop in the desk-based workers, who adopt a poor sitting posture, with a -pokey chin- for prolonged periods of time. Over time, this culminates in several problems including muscle imbalance and increased curvature of the neck, causing excessive strain on joints and soft tissues, and ultimately pain. In some cases, this can even result in irritation of the nerves which supply the shoulder, causing shoulder pain.

Whiplash is a traumatic injury that usually affects individuals involved in road traffic accidents, causing rapid and forceful movements in the neck. This can cause damage to the joints, ligaments and soft tissues around the neck, and can be very painful and functionally limiting.

Other neck conditions include:

  • Cervical degenerative discs
  • Cervical arthritis

Shoulder pain is a common complaint in chiropractic practice. As well as referring from problems in the neck, shoulder pain can develop as a result of injury, secondary to poor posture or overuse, or develop insidiously from unknown cause. Individuals with poor posture or undertaking repetitive overhead arm movements are vulnerable to rotator cuff impingement syndrome, resulting in pain and reduced movement. Traumatic injuries can often result in painful dislocations or labral tears, causing instability at the joint. Frozen shoulder describes the thickening of the joint capsule and comes on insidiously and without known cause. This results in pain and large restrictions in movement. Other common shoulder conditions include:

  • Rotator Cuff tears
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Acromio-clavicular joint separations
  • Arthritis

Deborah Cain McTimoney Chiropractor offer highly skilled and experienced practitioners for the effective treatment of neck and shoulder pain caused by various conditions, to help improve your function and reduce your pain.

Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints

Pain, discomfort and stiffness from troublesome joints can affect us all, regardless of our age, gender, of lifestyle choices. Our joints are vital for maintaining normal movement and independent function. Consequently, any problems in our joints causing pain or stiffness can be very limiting and challenge our independence. Pain and reduced function in these joints can result from various causes, whether it is traumatic injury to the joint structures, development of a long-term chronic condition, or those conditions which develop insidiously without known cause.

Chronic (long-term) joint pain can affect all of us, regardless of our age. In the UK, 8 million people suffer with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis becomes more prevalent as we age. Before the age of 45, osteoarthritis typically affects males. Conversely, females typically suffer first onset after 55 years of age. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that results in -wear and tear- in the protective cartilage and bony joint surfaces, and inflammation and thickening of the joint capsule. This condition typically effects the weight-bearing joints in the body such as the hip, knees, and spinal joints, causing pain and stiffness. Consequently, it can be very painful to continue with an active lifestyle without appropriate management of the condition.

Pain and reduced function in joints can also occur following trauma to the joints following accident or sporting injury. Bone fractures at the joint surfaces typically result in residual stiffness, reduced range of motion and pain even after fracture healing is completed. Other examples of traumatic joint injuries resulting in pain and reduced function include:

  • Ligament sprains
  • Knee meniscal tears
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Glenoid labral tears (shoulder)
  • Acetabular labral tears (hip)
  • Traumatic arthritis

Frozen shoulder is an example of a condition that develops insidiously, without known cause. This results in thickening of the synovial capsule in the shoulder, culminating in pain and restricted movement in the shoulder.

Regardless of the cause of your joint pain or stiffness, chiropractic practice offers a non-invasive approach to reducing pain and regaining functional independence. Deborah Cain McTimoney Chiropractor offer highly skilled and experienced practitioners for the effective treatment of joint pain and stiffness caused by various conditions.


Migraine attacks and headaches affect a significant number of people, however the triggering cause of these headaches is not always understood. Various factors can be involved, such as:

  • Changes in the function of the circulatory system
  • Changes in the function of the nervous system
  • Altered hormonal balances
  • Increased stress levels
  • Medications (e.g. vasodilators)
  • Foods (e.g. caffeine)
  • Tension in the structures of the neck

In fact, for some people, muscle tension in the neck and nerve irritation is the leading cause. The cervical spine (neck) comprises of several bones known as vertebrae that are held together by ligaments and supported by muscles. This structure allows for increased mobility in the neck. During some movements of our neck, or in sustained postures such as that adopted by the -pokey chin- desk worker, both stretching and compression can be applied to the structures of the cervical spine (joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves). If these forces become too severe and cause trauma to these structures, pain can be referred to the head, causing a headache. This happens because the nerves that supply the head and face also supply the upper neck. Consequently, pain arising from structures in the upper neck may refer pain to the head and face.

Causes of this type of -cervicogenic- headache can vary, however they typically all place excessive stress on the upper joints of the neck. This can occur traumatically after injuries such as whiplash, which causes rapid stretching and compression of the neck structures, or it can result from repetitive actions or adoption of chronically poor postures.

Chiropractic Treatment can be very effective in treating headaches that develop as a result of tension or trauma applied to the neck. Treatment may compromise of various techniques to resolve your headaches, including joint mobilisations, tractions, soft tissue therapy and postural correction. Deborah Cain McTimoney Chiropractor offer highly skilled and experienced practitioners for the effective treatment of cervicogenic headaches to reduce your pain levels.

Muscular Aches

Chiropractic practice involves various techniques including manual therapy to help address muscle or myofascial pain. The skeletal muscles in the body function to provide support to joints and to initiate and control movement. Muscles are innervated by lots of sensory nerve receptors, meaning that muscles are very sensitive to mechanical stresses such as stretch and compression, chemical processes, and damage to tissues. Consequently, muscle aches are commonly related to increased tension in the muscles, overuse, or muscle injury from sport, general exercise, or physical work. Muscle pain onset usually occurs during the activity causing harmful stimulus to the muscles, or just following.

Acute muscle strains often occur as a result of over-exertion during exercise or demanding physical work. When this occurs, some of the muscle fibres within the muscle become damaged, resulting in focal pain in one muscle, stiffness, bruising and swelling. Muscles can become painful and ache as a result of being over-worked. Typically, this is a result of posture abnormalities, such as muscle pain in the back of the neck, shoulders or lower back that occurs in desk-based workers who spend prolonged periods in poor sitting postures. This position causes these muscles to lengthen and work hard in order to help support you in this poor position.

Muscle aches may also develop from other causes, such as:

  • Stress
  • Fascial tension
  • Tendon damage/injuries

Regardless of the cause of you muscle aches, pain or damage in muscles can often result in them going into spasm and becoming tight. This often results in the formation of tender, -knotted- areas called trigger points, which can cause chronic pain and stiffness. Chiropractic Treatment is an effective method of assessing and treating muscle pain and tension caused by a variety of reasons.

Sport Injuries

Regardless of you sporting discipline, whether you are a footballer, gym go-er, cyclist or runner, all sports carry a risk of performance-related injury. Typically, the nature and likelihood of becoming injured depends on your level of participation and sport of choice. However, all sporting injuries can be categorised as being either an -acute- or an -overuse- injury.

Acute sporting injuries are sudden in onset and usually associated with a traumatic event such as a collision with a fellow athlete or a fall, which may result in bony fracture. Moreover, acute injuries can also happen innocuously under an athlete-s own body-weight during acceleration or a sharp turning motion, resulting in a muscle strain. Acute injuries can effect a various body tissues, including muscle, tendon, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and even the body-s peripheral nerves that supply our muscles. Further examples of common acute sporting injuries include:

  • Acromio-clavicular joint sprains
  • Muscle strains

Overuse injuries usually surface gradually, starting with a -niggle- and progressing with continued participation into a painful and limiting injury. There are several factors that may contribute to the development of an overuse injury. Abnormal posture of biomechanics (body mechanics during movement), can be present from birth such as leg length discrepancies, or they can be a consequence of muscle imbalance, fallen arches, or poor choice of footwear/equipment. Alternatively, factors such as a change in training load or habits, or running on hard surfaces can also result in overuse injury. Examples of overuse injuries are:

  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Rotator cuff tendon tears

Deborah Cain McTimoney Chiropractor understand the frustration associated with sporting injury that prevents participation. We offer highly skilled and experienced practitioners for the effective treatment of sporting injuries to reduce your pain levels and help you return to sport as soon as possible.

Arthritic Pain

An estimated 10 million people in the UK suffer with arthritis. Arthritis simply means joint inflammation, however, there are over 200 different forms of the condition, affecting both young and old individuals. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in people aged over 55 years old in the UK. The more common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and psoriatic arthritis.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 8 million people in the UK. Commonly, onset before the age of 45 typically affects males, whereas first onset in females usually occurs over 55 years of age. Typically, osteoarthritis effects the body-s weight-bearing joints, such as the knees, the hips, and the joints in the lumbar and cervical spine, however this condition may effect various other joints.

Osteoarthritis typically develops as we age due to -wear and tear- in the protective cartilage lining of our joint surfaces and development of bony spurs (small, abnormal bone growths on the joint surfaces). Repetitive trauma or previous injury to the joint, or muscle weakness causing reduced support to the joint can all contribute to the acceleration of this degenerative process. Osteoarthritis is progressive, initially causing pain and stiffness, and potentially leading to weakness, reduced range of movement and limited functional independence if not managed appropriately.

Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are known as auto-immune diseases. In these conditions, the body begins to attack itself, causing inflammation and damage at the joints. First onset of these forms of arthritis is often seen in younger individuals. There is currently no cure for these conditions.

Chiropractic Treatment is beneficial as part of the long term management of these conditions, can offer relief of symptoms, and help sufferers of arthritis maintain an active lifestyle. Consequently, Chiropractic Treatment should be considered alongside your medical management of your condition.

Deborah Cain McTimoney Chiropractor offer highly skilled and experienced practitioners in the management of arthritis to help you manage your pain and maintain your functional independence and an active lifestyle.

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