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Chiropractic comes from the Greek, meaning “done by hand”. It is a collection of natural hands-on techniques, which do not make use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is non-invasive and is primarily concerned with the functioning of the musculoskeletal system, which is the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage that form the physical structure of the body. Following assessment, treatment takes place using precise, very small movements (adjustments) to allow the joints to function normally; in addition massage and stretching techniques are sometimes used. Home exercises may also be recommended, along with dietary or nutritional changes to help the body to return to normal function more rapidly.Alison explaining treatment to a patient

The basic concept of chiropractic is that a spinal problem can have wide reaching effects through nerve disturbance. Most of the nerves to the limbs and internal organs originate from the spine. Thus a problem in the spine can lead to interference in nerve pathways and this in turn can cause pain or loss of function in the areas the nerves supply.

Chiropractic is now the third largest healthcare profession in the western world.

Chiropractic Education and Recognition

Alison Harvey and Edmund Kilday both followed a full time five year course at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. Francesca Macari followed the programme at Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in Glamorgan, Wales.  They are all registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), a statutory body that has regulated chiropractic in the UK since June 2001. The GCC ensures only safe, properly trained practitioners can call themselves ‘chiropractor’, providing quality assurance for patients.  They are also all full members of the Scottish Chiropractic Association.


Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system of muscle testing for evaluating the body. It tests structural, chemical and electromagnetic or energy functions of the body, based on the principle that the body is a self-maintaining and self-correcting mechanism.  


The combined terms "applied" and "kinesiology" describes the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system.


Treatment draws on the knowledge of various natural health therapies including manipulation, massage, cranial work, acupressure and advice on nutritional support, diet and the use of homeopathic remedies and herbs. This means the practitioner can approach the health concerns of the body in a holistic manner and consider not only the structure of the body (which is primarily addressed in chiropractic care) but also consider the chemical and emotional functioning of the individual.

The Triad of Health


Sunflower Method

Alison treating a child while mother looks on

Please visit the Sunflower Trust website for general information on the treatment. 




Visceral Manipulation considers restrictions throughout the body. It  is a gentle, hands-on therapy.  The therapist will apply gentle pressure to specific tissues in the body to encourage them to move normally, without interfering with other nearby structures. As with other methods of manipulation, Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work.

For more information on Visceral Manipulation visit Barral Institute UK.




CranioSacral Therapy

Click here for information about CranioSacral Therapy.





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Chiropractic Rates

Initial consultation including treatment as applicable    £49

Follow up appointments    £35


Alison Harvey Rates

Initial consultation including treatment as applicable £95

Follow up appointments  £50