There is a growing body of research into patients’ expectations and experiences of complementary therapies. However, there has been very little research of this nature into chiropractics in the UK. A recent paper by a group of researchers, including Clinic Director Hugh MacPherson, tells a positive story about patients’ expectations and experiences of chiropractors [1]. The aim of this research was to gain a fuller understanding of patients’ views of chiropractic care, in particular people’s assessment of the risks and benefits of chiropractic treatment. Overall, patients reported a high level of satisfaction and the majority reported benefits associated with chiropractic treatment. These benefits include a reduction in pain (92%) and improved mobility (80%). More than half reported that chiropractic treatment had an ongoing effect of reducing future problems (55%) and provided a better understanding of their health problem (53%).

There are two chiropractors at the York Clinic, Shelagh Taggart and Dave Stott. Shelagh and Dave both practise McTimoney Chiropractic, a system of treatment using gentle manipulation to relieve pressure on nerves throughout the body. This pressure might result from falls, crashes, poor posture, habits, occupational hazards, or childbirth. The whole body is checked over at every treatment, making it a thorough form of chiropractic treatment. The adjustments are very low force and most people find McTimoney a relaxing experience. Anyone of any age can benefit, including children and pregnant women after the first trimester.

To book an appointment with Shelagh or Dave, phone 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at, or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

1. MacPherson, H. Newbronner, E. Chamberlain, R. and Hopton, A. ‘Patients’ experiences and expectations of chiropractic care: a national cross-sectional survey’, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies (2015) 23:3 [Full text].