Services & Techniques

Spinal Manipulative Therapy

The hallmark of chiropractic, spinal manipulation or mobilisation is performed at restricted joints in the back, pelvis and neck.  With greater amount of movement at each joint comes the potential for greater ability to move well.  This is an incredibly effective tool for helping reduce symptoms as well as increase functional capacity.

Active & Passive Release

Active and Passive Release techniques have been around for decades.  Usually the chiropractor will contact a tendon, ligament, nerve or myofascial area and ask the patient to stretch away from the contact, facilitating a healing response. 

Eg as the practitioner contacts the triceps tendon the patient will be asked to bend the elbow stretching the area under contact.  This is "active release", if the practitioner bends the elbow for them it is known as "passive release".

Home Exercises / Rehabilitation

Rehabilitive exercises are absolutely essential is some injuries.  Many tendons when damaged require a progressive home exercise routine to restore the injured area back to health.  It is important to remember that this intervention has to occur at the right time: if the function is not good, then a home exercise may only help to reinforce a poor movement pattern.

Functional Muscle Testing

An essential tool for assessing athletes reach greater performance.  Movements are assessed for quality, stability and mobility.  Used frequently to find out, not only how well someone is functioning, but also where further progression is possible.  A fantastic tool when someone no longer has symptoms, but still occasionally gets issues.   

Proprioceptive Muscle Testing

Sometimes called "proprioceptive medicine" this is a useful technique that can, at times, highlight an area needing addressed that is not usually involved in the function of the area being examined.  It unfortunately has some limitations in that it cannot highlight the most important area needing addressed and it does not replace sound biomechanical understanding of stability.

Yoga / Movement Patterns

By developing mobility in the right areas and by progressing movements to become more and more complicated we manage to take someone from executing normal movement patterns badly to being able to achieve complicated movements well.  This is a vital aspect of wishing to regain core stability.

Sacro Occipital Technique

Characterised by the use of wedges used under the pelvis known as "blocks".  SOT is a very important technique when trying to resolve acute pelvic sprains or when cranial restrictions have occurred.  On its own it has some limitations, but when in combination with other techniques it can help restore balance to the body.

Nutritional Intervention

This is a key area in helping many conditions related to inflammation.  Often overlooked, simple changes in the diet can help reduce inflammation and symptoms.  Taking out what is bad from the diet while putting good stuff back in by way of supplements can have quite amazing effects on the system and dramatically improve musculoskeletal healing / health.

Scar Tissue
Work

It is gaining wide spread publicity that scar tissue work can significantly help restore function to an area previously damaged.  Through a course of non-invasive scar tissue release treatments, and home exercises, the layers of fibrosis can start to glide freely again thus allowing greater freedom of movement in that area.