Chiropractic Techniques

At Relief Chiropractic we use a range of techniques, using my clinical judgement to decide which are the best to employ with each patient.  Some people benefit most from one type of care, whilst others require another approach.

What is Chiropractic?

The premise of Chiropractic involves the manipulation of a joint by moving it quickly with an impulse.  This may also be referred to as an adjustment.  This is usually completely painless and leads to a great deal of neurological benefits to the region being manipulated.  McTimoney, diversified, arthrostim adjusting and torque release technique are all examples of different ways to achieve this.  Mobilisation and soft tissue techniques are also used by chiropractors.  These are also shared by other manual therapists such as physiotherapists or osteopaths.


McTimoney chiropractic was invented by John McTimoney, a British engineer who developed his own technique by using faster, but lighter adjustments in both humans and animals.  According to the MCC website:
The McTimoney approach is typified by a whole body assessment and swift, light force adjustments, which makes it a comfortable treatment to receive.

We have found McTimoney treatment to be very effective for a variety of ailments.  The whole body approach means that rather than only looking at one part of the body, we consider all of the contributing factors towards dysfunction.  Since it is so light and comfortable to receive, this also makes it suitable for people of all ages, young or old or even for those who are in severe pain or have osteoporosis (although this obviously depends on the severity of the disease).  Click here for more on McTimoney technique.

Diversified Technique

Diversified techniques are a set of standardised techniques which have evolved over many years from the initial conception of chiropractic in America in the late 19th century.  Like McTimoney, diversified techniques involve what’s known as a ‘high-velocity, low amplitude thrust’.  This basically means that the adjustment (or ‘thrust’) is fast but not very deep.

However, relatively speaking diversified techniques are slower and involve more weight behind the adjustment to achieve the desired effect.  This can be very useful in certain patient presentations and these techniques remain very effective.

Torque Release Technique

The torque release technique is a more recent development in the profession based around adjusting the main problem in the functioning of the nervous system first, using neurological testing.  Only then do you move on to the secondary or tertiary problems.

This technique uses a hand held chiropractor adjusting tool known as an ‘integrator’.  This generates a similar adjustment to that used in the McTimoney technique, namely an extremely gentle, but fast thrust.

Non-Chiropractic Techniques

As well as the Chiropractic techniques described above, I also use many non-chiropractic techniques to help restore you to normal function.


Mobilisation is the opposite of manipulation in that it is a ‘low-velocity high-amplitude’ movement.  This basically means that the joint is moved slowly through a specific range of motion in a passive way (whilst the patient is relaxed).  This helps to break down physical barriers and adhesions, allowing a better range of motion and stretching the muscle and soft tissues.  These techniques are often used to warm up an area, or for regions of the body which rely on a lot of soft tissue (such as the shoulder).

Soft Tissue Techniques

Soft tissue techniques are a set of techniques which include massage and myofacial release.  Chiropractors often use these techniques for similar reasons as above; to warm up an area and release some of the muscular tension in order for manipulation to have a greater effect.  Sometimes it may be advantageous to have some massage or other soft tissue techniques before or during a chiropractic treatment in order to loosen off the muscles enough for adjustment.

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping involves using an adhesive tape to support and heal region of the body, by improving lymphatic drainage and blood flow to the area.  This is achieved by subtly raising the skin and superficial tissue, giving the area more room to heal properly.  Kinesiology taping is especially effective in patients with bruising, inflammation and muscular tension as well as athletes trying to improve their sports performance (you may have seen this type of tape on the Olympic athletes in the recent games).

Still Unsure About a Visit to a Cambridge Chiropractor?

If you live near Cambridge and have pain or other symptoms, or if you want to improve the function of your body, chiropractic is a safe and very effective solution.  If you are unsure whether chiropractic care is right for you, then you should consider booking either a first visit or a FREE spine check. During this time, the process of chiropractic care will be explained fully.  There is no obligation to continue with the visits.  To book, please call 01223 459240, book online or contact us.