Chiropractic Treatment Techniques
Our chiropractors practice using a hybrid of Chiropractic treatment techniques and approaches, and we liken it to the way martial arts are practiced with a wide variety of different styles. Our main focus is to achieve motion through the joint and to get the nervous system to respond. So, with that in mind, it doesn’t necessarily matter which chiropractic treatment techniques are used, it’s more about how they are used for the individual patient.
Diversified Chiropractic Technique
Diversified chiropractic technique is the most common technique and is called diversified because it’s an amalgamation of lots of different approaches. It usually has an audible release, giving out the characteristic ‘click’. However, not all clicks are adjustments, and not every adjustment has to click! The diversified chiropractic technique works by putting force into a joint very specifically in the direction that will open the joint, promoting motion. There is slightly more force with this diversified chiropractic technique, although it can still be very gentle when applied properly.
Key Characteristics of Diversified Chiropractic Technique
The diversified chiropractic technique is characterised by its hands-on, manual approach to spinal adjustments. It involves a combination of thrusts, quick movements, and controlled force applied to specific joints. The technique is versatile, addressing various spinal and musculoskeletal issues. It prioritises precision and customisation, tailoring adjustments to individual patient needs for optimal results in chiropractic care.
Benefits of diversified chiropractic technique
The benefits of the diversified chiropractic technique are multifaceted. This approach offers effective spinal adjustments, promoting proper joint function, and enhancing mobility. It can alleviate pain, improve posture, and enhance overall musculoskeletal health. Diversified chiropractic care is known for its versatility, making it suitable for various conditions and all different ages, sizes and types of people. By addressing misalignments and optimising nervous system function, this technique contributes to overall well-being and supports the body’s natural healing processes.
McTimoney Chiropractic Technique
McTimoney chiropractic technique is a very light, but very fast technique. Some people prefer the Mctimoney chiropractic technique if they are more sensitive or would not benefit from a more forceful approach. Instead of putting body weight behind the adjustment, a fast toggle movement is applied. It doesn’t tend to cause cavitation (clicking) but it can still be very effective, having clear neurological effects and allowing the body to heal.
Activator Chiropractic Technique
Activator chiropractic technique is a type of ‘gun’ or hand held device. Pushing the back of this tool creates a very light and fast tap to the applied area. It’s considered a more passive treatment because the patient is on their back or front the whole time. The activator chiropractic technique is a very methodical treatment which focuses on a series of leg length checking, and repeated adjustments depending if the leg lengths are even, or uneven.
Acu-Stim Chiropractic Technique
Acu-Stim is another hand held device with a repeated impulse which sounds like a woodpecker. Much like activator and McTimoney techniques, the Acu-Stim is useful in acute pain cases, or in areas which respond better to a different stimulus (like the ribs joints for example). The continued impulses are applied to the joint for approximately 6 seconds, overwhelming the movement receptors and encouraging relaxation in the area.
Gonstead Chiropractic Technique
Gonstead chiropractic technique is a very effective technique which works from the findings from your spinal X-ray, and focuses on the precise segments of the spine needing attention. Instead of adjusting through the facet joint (like diversified techniques), Gonstead chiropractic technique is through the disc plane, so the angle of drive is more towards the spine.
Whichever chiropractic treatment techniques our chiropractors choose to use will depend on your presentation, age, response and the results of testing. We will always use the techniques we feel are best suited to the situation, but if you ever want to discuss a change in technique for an area, please let us know.