First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.
Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.
With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
Named after its developer, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, this approach came from his engineering background. His “foundation principle” explains how a subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.
After studying your health history, we conduct a complete examination. This generally includes full spine X-rays and analysis. We use our fingertips to “palpate” or feel the location of individual bones and how they may differ from their normal position.
To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, we’ll have you lie on your side. Subluxations in the middle back are corrected as you assume a comfortable kneeling position. When you are seated, we can restore the integrity of your spine without twisting or rotating your neck.
The activator is a unique hand-held diagnostic tool used by Chiropractors to address spinal joint dysfunction. It enables them to accurately check your overall spinal balance.
Your body can sometimes have a natural tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of a manual adjustment. As the activator instrument delivers a controlled, light and fast thrust without causing undue strain to you, your body’s reflexes are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and exact adjustment.
Osteopathy is a unique, whole body approach to manual medicine that recognises the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths look at the body as a single unit, focussing on how the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs work together. In this way, Osteopaths treat not just the site of pain but areas where the problem may have originated.
Osteopathy can be utilised throughout the lifespan and can assist with a range of musculoskeletal conditions from headaches and chronic and acute back and neck pain to sports and work related injuries and pregnancy related pain.
Osteopathic techniques can be divided into 2 categories: Direct and indirect.
Direct – these techniques manipulate the body to directly impact on the end range barrier associated with the joints and tissues
Indirect – These techniques involve movement away from the painful barrier:
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of muscles and connective tissue to enhance function, repair and promote relaxation and well being. It aims to do this by improving circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to the body tissues.
Massage Therapy can help with-
Dry needling is a gentle form of drug-free healing. It is the oldest system of medicine used today and its effectiveness has been clinically proven for over 3000 years.
Dry needling is one of the main therapeutic components used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.) which also includes: Herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, and laser.
Most dry needling involves very little pain. Most people are surprised at how relaxing it is – in fact, many fall asleep! On occasion, some points (particularly where there is a lot of muscle spasm) can be sore.
Alternatively, there may be a sensation of numbness, heaviness or tingling is felt near or around the site of needling, after insertion.
How can dry needling Help Me…? Dry needling affects a wide range of bodily mechanisms and because of its diversity, it can treat a variety of ailments. The World Health Organisation recommends that the following conditions can be treated;
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