Want to understand more about some of the chiropractic treatments at our practise? Here we give a summary of accupuncture, spinal manipulation therapies and rehabilitation techniques that help recovery.
SMT is probably the most common/well known form of treatment that is associated with a chiropractor and is responsible for the 'audible pop' or 'crack'. The aim of SMT is to reinstate normal joint function and movement, reduce local inflammation and to relieve pain.
In spinal manipulation, the practitioner uses their hands to apply a controlled, high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust to a specific joint.
In some cases where SMT isn't deemed the ideal form of treatment, spinal mobilisation may be used by your practitioner which involves using less forceful thrusts and more stretching to reinstate mobility into the specific targeted joints.
Once your pain has reduced significantly, your practitioner will advise you on certain exercises to perform which will be tailored to each individual. This will help to strengthen the area and aid in reducing the frequency of issues reoccurring. There are also many health benefits from performing physical activity which include -
Dry needling is a technique used for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique involves inserting a fine needle into the skin and into areas of the muscle, in the aim to disperse trigger points and pain. Trigger points are defined as hyperirritable spots within skeletal muscle that are associated with hypersensitive palpable nodules in taut bands. These can often be mistaken for other conditions and is important to speak to your practitioner for further information.
Kinesiology taping (KT) is a therapeutic tool and has become increasingly popular within the sporting world. Taping has been used for a long time for the prevention and treatment of sporting injuries. KT is not only used for sporting injuries but for a variety of other conditions. There are many proposed benefits to KT, including: proprioceptive facilitation, reduced muscle fatigue, muscle facilitation, reduced delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), pain inhibition, enhanced healing which involves reducing oedema (fluid build-up/retention) and also can improve of lymphatic drainage and blood flow.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or simply IASTM is a new range of therapeutic tool which enables your practitioner to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction.
These instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provide the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows your practitioner to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.