What is Chiropractic treatment?
Manipulation or "Adjustments"
Adjustments are skilled, quick, comfortable stretches to the involved joints. This technique increases movement in the stiff joints and reduces muscle spasm. This in turn reduces pain.
Soft tissue therapy
e.g. massage, fascial release, trigger point therapy, stretching are used to loosen tightened and shortened muscles, thus reducing pain and increasing movement.
Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Acupuncture needles are used to help relieve pain and reduce muscle spasm.
Performing specific exercises to increase strength and flexibility is very important to minimise future problems.
Your Chiropractor will give you advice on day to day activities to minimise future problems.
Orthotics are heat moulded insoles, which are used to manage foot and ankle problems. They can also help with knee, hip and low back problems in many people.
Stage 1: Reduce joint inflammation and reduce pain
- Avoidance of aggravating factors
- Ice to reduce inflammation, muscle spasm and pain
Stage 2: Normalise joint movement and increase flexibility
- Specific chiropractic manipulation and mobilisation techniques, to increase movement, improve the function and reduce pain
- Deep soft tissue massage, trigger-point therapy and cross-friction are used to reduce muscle tightness.
Stage 3: Increase joint strength and stability, to help prevent recurrences
- When appropriate, exercises are introduced to improve strength, endurance and stability.
- Ongoing treatment is often recommended for long-term or recurring problems. This is usually on a 1-3 monthly basis