Treatment Techniques


Chiropractic Techniques...


Chiropractic itself is not a treatment, but a profession where chiropractors use a wide range of different treatment techniques. The type of technique(s) used will be down to which the chiropractor feels are best suited to each individual patient. Factors such as a patients presenting condition, age, size, and medical history along with patient preference will determine which techniques are used. 

Below are a list of the techniques that our chiropractors Rob and Kate are trained in:


Spinal & Extremity Joint Manipulation 

This is one of our main techniques as it is one of the quickest and most effective. This technique (often referred to as an “Adjustment”) is one of the most commonly used techniques by chiropractors and is one that chiropractors spend years perfecting. It is used to restore the normal alignment and/or movement of a joint in the body, resulting in improved mechanical and neurological function. The adjustment is quite ‘hands-on’ and involves a very specific impulse being applied to a specific joint, in a specific direction. This can often make a ‘popping’ sound, which is normal.

Activator Instrument

This technique involves the use of a hand held instrument called an activator that provides a single gentle impulse/tap. This technique is used to restore the normal alignment and movement of specific joints around the body, resulting in improved mechanical and neurological function. It can also be used for soft tissue problems as well as joint problems. More commonly used on children and the elderly.

ArthroStim Instrument

The hand held ArthroStim instrument provides repeated impulses/taps per second compared to the single impulse of the activator. The force of the impulse is dependent on the pressure used by the chiropractor, from very gentle to more forceful. This technique is used to restore the normal alignment and movement of specific joints around the body, resulting in improved mechanical and neurological function. It can also be used for soft tissue problems as well as joint problems.

Thompson Drop Technique

This technique involves using sections of the bench that 'drop' down a small distance (a couple of centimetres) in order to improve the movement in specific joints. The force of the drop is variable which is set to suit the patient and the type of problem, therefore this technique can range from a very gentle impulse/drop to one with a stronger force.

Blocking

This technique uses wedge-shaped devices known as “blocks” to help correct the alignment and movement of your spine. By knowing exactly where and how to position these blocks, we use the weight of your body to make corrections, naturally. This is a very gentle technique.

Joint Mobilisation

This is a gentle technique, commonly used by physiotherapists and sports therapists. It involves moving and stretching a joint in different directions to help improve its range of motion.

Trigger Point Therapy

This is a soft tissue technique; where by a deep pressure is applied to specific areas of muscles. It is very effective for a wide variety of muscular conditions.

Myofascial Release

This is a soft tissue technique; where by a deep pressure is applied along specific areas of muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. It is very effective for a wide variety of soft tissue conditions. 

Dry Needling (also know as Medical Acupuncture)

This is a technique in which acupuncture needles are used to help release specific muscle tension. It does not take very long, you rarely feel the needles in the muscles and it can be used in conjunction with other techniques. (This Dry Needling technique is not to be confused with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, which involves different protocols and treatment plans).

Nerve Mobilisation

This involves moving parts of the body in specific patterns in order to release any abnormal tension that has built up around a nerve. This is commonly used on nerves in the arms and legs and can also be used on some spinal nerves too.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation

This is a method where stainless steel instruments/tools are used to break up chronic tension/adhesions/scar tissue with in soft tissues, like muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments. It can occasionally be quite a sore treatment at the time, but often very effective at overall improving muscle and joint function, range of motion and pain.

Further Information

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