Jackie Leftwich BSc MSc AMC MMCA FRCC (Animal)
Chiropractor [McTimoney/STR/IAVC] (Qualified to treat humans and animals)
Registered with GCC and RAMP
Telephone: 07738 110570
E-mail: info@watersidechiropractic.co.uk

Welcome to

Waterside Chiropractic

Waterside Chiropractic is based in Birdham, near Chichester in West Sussex and treats both people and animals. Whatever the age of the person or animal, their chosen life style, living environment, activity or sport; aspects of general and physical health, well-being, quality of life and posture of the person or animal may benefit or be improved upon with the aid of chiropractic care, physical therapy and tailored aftercare advice.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors believe that the correct functioning of the nervous system is paramount for a healthy body. Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of biomechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and physical and general health. Chiropractic treatment is a method of releasing restrictions within the joints and musculature whilst considering asymmetries within the skeletal alignment so that the nervous system can work as efficiently as possible. A range of techniques are normally used to improve function and increase the mobility and range of motion of the joints with the aim of providing relief from pain and discomfort.

Chiropractors use manual techniques (normally spinal adjustments and other joint and soft tissue manipulation) to mobilise and manipulate specific joints and muscles and address restrictions in mobility that may be causing back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems. There are a number of different chiropractic techniques that are practiced universally; Waterside Chiropractic predominantly offers McTimoney integrated with soft tissue release (STR) for human patients and this approach is integrated further with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC) technique for animal patients.

The McTimoney Chiropractic technique is recognised for being a relatively gentle, precise approach to chiropractic care for both humans and animals. The IAVC technique complements McTimoney perfectly and together with STR, provides a holistic musculoskeletal approach for the chiropractic treatment of animals.

Many patients visit a chiropractor of their own accord, but some may be referred by a medical professional. Chiropractors are trained to recognise when chiropractic will not help a medical condition, and will refer a patient back to their GP when necessary. A full medical and social history is taken and the informed consent of the patient is required before any chiropractic assessment or treatment is undertaken. Aftercare advice normally includes exercises, stretches, health and lifestyle counselling and strategies to assist the patient in managing their condition. In the case of animals, veterinary consent is also required prior to assessment and treatment and the chiropractor will work closely in conjunction with the animal's veterinary surgeon.

Chiropractic care is frequently covered by both medical and pet insurance companies providing it is carried out by a person who is appropriately qualified, registered and insured. Some insurance companies may also require the chiropractor to be a member of a professional association. Waterside Chiropractic is able to provide care covered by many healthcare insurance and pet insurance companies (you are advised to check with your own insurance company as to the exact cover and requirements provided for by your policy).

McTimoney Chiropractic for People
People of all ages may benefit from chiropractic care which can provide relatively gentle and effective relief to help alleviate and address restrictions in mobility and enhance the ability to cope with biomechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including those caused by many medical conditions or injury. See how chiropractic could help you by watching this video!


McTimoney Chiropractic for Animals
Animals can suffer from back pain and musculoskeletal problems, just like people. Whatever the age of your animal, whatever your chosen life style, activity or sport with your animal, you can improve the comfort, and even performance of your animal with the aid of chiropractic care. See how chiropractic could help your animal by watching this video!