A phone call from a client a few nights ago promoted me to write a quick post about what I do.
The client was cancelling their appointment because their friend had said they needed to get a back person out who did both soft tissue AND bones, and that I didn’t do that, so they wanted to get someone else out.
Obviously it is the right of the client to get out whoever they choose to be most suitable for their needs. However, it promoted me to think that I’m not explaining myself very well, I’m the first to admit that I’m not great in this area.
You see, I’ve been studying and practicing what I do in various forms for around 10 years! In that time it’s obvious to me what I do, but I forget that others haven’t been on this journey with me. When I tell people “I’m a McTimoney Practitioner”, I forget that they may not understand what that means, in fact many McTimonry practitioners hold many other qualifications from saddle fitting to physiotherapy and a whole host of others in between, so everyone is fairly unique in that regard.
So what IS it that I do? well after a thorough examination, I first “adjust” the spine and pelvis (and a few other joints in the body).
So why’d I put ‘adjust’ in inverted commas?
Well, I put a small amount of force to a very particular point on a very particular bone, at great speed, and allow it to ‘spring’ back, this appears to stimulate the nerves, adjacent muscles and surrounding tissue to release any tension or spasm held there.
After I have systematically realigned the skeleton I will then use a range of soft tissue techniques, such as massage, acupressure, trigger point therapy and myofascial release, to free further tension from the more superficial muscles.
This way I can affect the skeleton, the deep paraspinal muscles, the deep muscles AND the superficial muscles, and any surrounding tissue such as the myofascia.
So there we have it, what I do in a nutshell. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, but that’s just the start!
And after a quick phone call to the client to explain what I do, she decided to keep her appointment with me.
If you have anymore questions, write them in the comments below, thanks for reading.