TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Chiropractic techniques are like tools in a toolbox. There are a vast number of techniques, each with their own benefits and limitations. If your toolbox consists of just a hammer and a screwdriver you will be able to do quite a few things, but having a wider range of tools means you will be able to help get to the bottom of some more complex problems.

OUR TECHNIQUES

Manual Adjustments

This involves the application of a gentle yet specific thrust which aims to restore normal position, movement and function to a misaligned joint.

Manual adjustments are done with the hands and are usually accompanied by an audible sound. The “cracking” sound is a gaseous release as the joint returns to an improved position and function.

Contrary to popular belief, manual adjustments can be very gentle and specific.

Cranio-Sacral Techniques

Are gentle, low force techniques named due to the relationship between the cranium (skull bones) and the sacrum (base of the spine). It may involve the use of blocks or wedges, an adjusting tool (called an activator), and finger pressure corrections. This is our preferred technique for children and babies.

Activator Method

This technique uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.

The Activator Method is one of the most widely-researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with 23 clinical trials to support its efficacy. Activator Methods has published hundreds of clinical and scientific peer-reviewed papers.

Other Techniques

Chiropractic care may also involve other natural forms of health care including stretching and exercise suggestions, soft tissue work, massage, nutritional advice, ergonomic and postural advice, lifestyle and health education information.