What is Chiropractic?

A system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are believed to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.

Common Techniques

Diversified

This is the most common non-specific technique used by most general practice chiropractors. It is a technique which may utilise more than one method. It will involve spinal adjustment, and generally results in a popping sound.

Drop Techniques

A specific technique for adjustment of the full spine on a special table. The adjusting table with a segmented drop system quickly lowers the section of the patient’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted. The chiropractor’s thrusts (using minimal force) initiates movement, and the fast drop of the table carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.

Blocking Techniques

Whilst the patient is lying down, wooden wedges are skilfully placed in certain positions under the pelvis. The pelvis is thus balanced gently and naturally, using the patient’s own bodyweight. This aims to restore natural alignment and balance of the spine and pelvis and thus normalise flow of CSF, an essential nutrient-carrying fluid which bathes the brain and spinal cord.

Activator Technique

Activator technique is a gentle, low-force program of chiropractic care that was developed in the late 1960s. The Activator technique uses a unique system of administering spinal adjustments using Activator analysis and an Activator instrument to initiate the correct movement of the vertebra in a predetermined direction.

Acupuncture/Dry Needling

This technique combines modern western Trigger Point theories with traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Fine needles are inserted to stimulate acupuncture points, creating a small inflammatory reaction and stimulating the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. Acupuncture/Dry Needling works in this instance by inhibiting some of the body’s responses to the problem, particularly muscle spasm and so relieving some of the pain and thus allowing the Chiropractic Adjustments to work unopposed.