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McTimoney Chiropractic

The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by chiropractor John McTimoney.  Like any form of chiropractic, the primary goal is to ensure that joint mobility, function and alignment remain at optimum levels by removing dysfunctions.


McTimoney employs a “by hand” delivery of high-velocity, low amplitude adjustments.  Because the body functions biomechanically as a “kinematic chain” rather than individual pieces within a whole, McTimoney chiropractors assess and treat the entire body rather than solely focusing on symptomatic areas.


McTimoney chiropractic’s most characteristic adjustment technique is the “toggle torque recoil,” an adaptation of the atlas adjustment developed by BJ Palmer, son of chiropractic’s founder, DD Palmer. When performing the toggle torque recoil, the practitioner will place both hands on top of the patient.  One hand is relatively passive and acts as a “nail.”  The “hammer” hand delivers an extremely swift impulse combining a downward (toggle) and rotational movement (torque) followed by an almost instantaneous recoil.  Effectively, the “hammer hand” thrusts the “nail hand” in the desired direction to release the fixation or misalignment of the joint, also reducing muscle tension in surrounding structures.   Unlike Diversified chiropractic, generally no “crack” or “popping” sound will occur.


McTimoney is recognised for being a precise, gentle and whole-body approach to chiropractic care, making it especially appropriate for people of all ages.  According to the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, approximately 150,000 new patients will visit a McTimoney Chiropractor each year and 8,000 patients receive McTimoney Chiropractic each working day (2015).


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