What to expect from your first session 
Your McTimoney chiropractor will first assess your general health, previous conditions and existing symptoms. He or she will then conduct a physical examination to locate the problem, during which time your chiropractor will make adjustments using the light, dextrous, techniques associated with the McTimoney technique. If at any point your chiropractor discovers or suspects a condition that requires medical intervention, they will refer you to your GP for further tests. Normally your first visit can last anything between 30 minutes and an hour. During this time, a chiropractor will: 

Take a full case history, assessing your general health, previous conditions, and existing symptoms 
Ask your permission to conduct a thorough physical examination (this will include neurological and orthopaedic tests, if necessary) 
Refer you for x-rays if they are needed 
Make adjustments using the light, dextrous techniques associated with the McTimoney technique 
In some instances your chiropractor may need to ask you to remove some clothing. Privacy and a gown are always provided but do tell you chiropractor if you feel uncomfortable about undressing. 


How many sessions will I need?
Most people find between two and six sessions sufficient to address straight forward problems. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on a number of factors including: 
Extent of injury
General fitness
Stress (muscle tension and stress on your nervous system)

The anticipated number of sessions will be discussed with you prior to treatment. Once you're up and running you can choose to schedule regular check-ups a few times a year to keep chronic conditions under control. 


The McTimoney Method
The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney over 50 years ago and is taught only at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, near Oxford. It is well known for being a precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care. The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it especially suitable for people of all ages. 

What is Chiropractic and how does it work?
Joint problems and pain can occur for many reasons, including: 

Incorrect lifting 
Car or sporting accidents 
Poor posture 

Chiropractic treatment is simply a method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve skeletal alignment. In doing so, it helps your nervous system work more efficiently, relieves pain and discomfort, and increases mobility. 


Can the McTimoney method help me?

The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it suitable for people of all ages. It’s proven to be effective in treating the following conditions: 

Back, neck and shoulder pain 
Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints 
Muscular aches 
Sports injuries 
Arthritic pain 

McTimoney Chiropractic

Personal Profile
After leaving school, Joanna did a four year degree in nursing, but shortly afterwards had a career break to start a family. Joanna has three grown up children, and values her time with her two grandchildren every week as a nice break from working very long hours at her busy Stroud and Malvern clinics. She moved from Bristol to Stroud in 2005, and enjoys the Stroud countryside. 


Professional profile, training and experience: 
Joanna has been a qualified chiropractor since 2001, having studied for 4 years at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, Oxford. After qualifying as a chiropractor, Joanna spent three years working alongside David Hubbard at the Cotswold Health Clinic. Since then, Joanna has developed her own clinics in Malvern, and continued work in Stroud. She also has a degree in nursing and is a First Aider.



Special Clinical Interests:
I am committed to the gentle nature of the McTimoney adjustments, which makes the treatment suitable for babies, pregnant women, and elderly people. I have done continuing professional development sessions on treatment in pregnancy, and have extensive experience in helping elderly clients. 
I am a member of Migraine Action, and Headacheclinics.co.uk, and help many regular clients who suffer from headaches. 


Current memberships
Joanna has been a member of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) since 2001. Her membership number is 01663. 
Joanna has also been a member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association since 1997.