We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
We start by analysing how well your spine moves. We examine how well you turn and bend. While you’re lying face down, we’ll evaluate the length of your legs. This single procedure can expose significant variances in leg lengths.
This time-tested protocol tells us if vertebral subluxations exist and their position. It additionally aids us to know when to adjust and when not to adjust.
Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded device that produces a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.
Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
Following your adjustment, we re-test to make certain changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us perform high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.
Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines, using muscle testing as a guide for diagnosis and patient care.
The ancient Chinese observed that all of the muscles in the body link to a particular organ, gland or acupuncture meridian. By testing the strength of its associated muscle, we get an insight into the condition of that specific organ or tissue.
Simple muscle testing helps us reveal the chemical, structural and mental issues that may be in your body. It can also direct us to the best options to restore your health.
Identifying the Problem
Firstly, we examine the history of your health situation. This is then followed with a meticulous physical examination. Instrumentation and laboratory tests may be required. Then we analyse your posture, the way in which you walk, turn and bend. Consolidating these findings with muscle testing, we generate a unique insight into the cause(s) of your problem.
Resolving the Problem
With a knowledge of your problem, we pick from a variety of healing modalities, which may include:
- Muscle Rehabilitation
- Nutrition Supplementation
- Osteopathic Cranial Techniques
- Joint Mobilisation
- Acupuncture Meridian Therapy
- Chiropractic Adjustments
The chiropractic approach that works so well with the spine can be utilised for other joints of your body. Essentially every joint of your skeletal system is susceptive to fixations that can reduce function and range of motion:
Stress, teeth grinding and spinal dysfunctions can cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders where your jaw connects to your skull. Skilful chiropractic care can return correct nervous system control of associated muscles and ligaments, lessen pain, stiffness, clicking noises or locked jaw.
Numerous shoulder issues begin in the area where the nerves branch from the spinal cord and exit the neck. Shoulder pain or pain spread down the arm can be accompanied by weakness, tingling or numbness in the wrists or hands. Countless patients state having dramatic improvement with chiropractic care.
Tennis elbow is a repetitive strain injury that usually afflicts the dominant arm. It is often seen amongst office workers, cashiers, carpenters, mechanics and those who perform repeated grasping, hammering and rotary forearm motions. A meticulous examination followed by suitable chiropractic care has been known to provide exceptional results.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is normally due to compression of the median nerve as it passes through the band of ligaments in your wrist. In many cases, the root problem is a misalignment of one or more joints of your neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist. Identifying the associated joint(s) and a program of chiropractic care can oftentimes avoid surgery.
The hips and sacrum considered the “pelvic girdle,” is the foundation of your spine. These sacroiliac joints can affect nerves leaving the spine. Although the chiropractic adjustment of the hips can provide exceptional outcomes, various hip problems can be due to malfunctioning joints above or below the pelvis.
The ankle is the most commonly injured joint in the body. “Pronation,” in which the feet splay outward and kneecaps turn inward, is the most common foot problem. When weak arches let the bones of the foot drop to an unstable position, forces on the foot increases. Adjusting malfunctioning joints of the feet, coupled with custom shoe orthotics, can decrease tenderness, increase your gait and stabilise the complete skeletal system.
Although numerous health problems can be traced to the spine, different joints of the body may be involved. When chiropractic techniques are utilised, the range of motion can be improved and painful inflammation lessened. Without the use of medication or surgery!
Named after its developer, Dr Clarence Gonstead, this approach came from his engineering background. His “foundation principle” explains how a vertebral subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.
An In-depth Evaluation
After studying your health history, we carry out a complete examination. This generally includes full spine X-rays and precise analysis. Using a small heat-sensing instrument, vertebral subluxation patterns are revealed by slight differences in temperature. Finally, we use our fingertips to “palpate” or feel the location of individual bones and how they may differ from their normal position.
Full Spine Adjustments
With a full understanding of your spine, it’s time to perform the necessary adjustments.
To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, you will be lying on your side. Vertebral Subluxations in the centre back are adjustrd as you assume a comfortable kneeling pose. When you’re seated, we will reestablish the integrity of your spine without twisting or rotating your neck.
Sometimes you’ll hear a small “popping” sound, this is called cavitation. Sometimes you won’t hear it.
Safe and Effective
The Gonstead Technique is recognised as one of the safest methods of assessing and caring for the spine.
We suggest massage in conjunction with your chiropractic care. While chiropractic care concentrates on the connection between the spine and its influence on the nervous system, massage focuses on the 650 muscles of the body. Both disciplines work concurrently to help maintain the body in proper alignment, function and balance.
Retraining Your Spine
Long-standing spinal issues are accompanied by established muscle patterns. Scar tissue and muscle spasms are oftentimes associated. By combining your chiropractic care with massage therapy, these muscle and soft tissue problems can be addressed. This can help advance your rehabilitation and improve the retraining of your spine.
Types of Massage
There are numerous different kinds of massage. They all include systematically working the muscles and different soft tissues of the body to optimise the functioning of the many bodily systems. Massage can improve your vitality and feeling of well-being.
Massage has been shown to…
- Lessen the development of muscular patterning
- Improve posture and re-balance your body/mind
- Ease pain in your muscles and joints
- Ease gas, heartburn and constipation
- Promote overall relaxation
- Stimulate intestinal movement
- Eliminate excess liquid retention
Spine and Extremities
Motion Palpation is an elegant way of saying, “feeling with the hands and fingers.” It’s simple. We’ll have you turn and bend and go over the range of motion of different joints of your body, both local and peripheral to your spine. As you do, we’ll apply a slight force to the joint being examined to feel how everything is flowing.
We won’t simply feel the joint, we’ll also listen as you move. Long-standing issues can regularly create scraping sounds or other noises. This can oftentimes provide us with a hint regarding what’s happening in the afflicted joint, influencing the care we will be advising.
Trigger Point Therapy
The main objective of Trigger Point Therapy is to decrease the pain resulting from hypersensitive muscles. Identifying trigger points is done by lightly pushing on the skin, observing the form of the underlying muscle.
What Is a Trigger Point
A trigger point is similar to a knot that feels resembling a pea buried deep in the muscle. It is made of lactic acid, a natural byproduct of muscle activity, that sometimes becomes trapped in the muscle due to chemical, emotional or physical stress. It is usually tender and painful. When affected muscles tighten, their function and movement are reduced, creating weakness and pain. In severe instances, muscle cramping can occur.
What We Do
Trigger Point Therapy is performed in various ways. The minimal invasive is by employing direct pressure or stretching of the impaired muscle. Deliberate pressure, with an elbow, thumb or instrument frees the muscle and aids in flushing out blood and accumulated toxins. Sometimes there are a series of strokes over the trigger points, or a cooling spray is utilised along with the stretching of the affected muscle.
If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let us know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.