Our Practitioners use a corrective procedure called the adjustment which is the application of a specific force in a specific direction to the joints to correct their movement pattern. During these adjustments you may hear an audible click/pop which is the release of gas (nitric oxide) from the joint as it moves.
The techniques used by our practitioners will depend on your individual requirements such as age, size, comfort levels and presenting condition. Techniques range from manual, table assisted, instrument based and soft tissue techniques. All techniques are adapted to each individual whether for a baby, a pregnant lady, an elderly person or a burly rugby player.
No two people are identical therefore the technique diversity caters for each individual’s needs and are aimed at restoration of nervous system function to optimise the body’s potential to self heal and regulate.
One of the most commonly used techniques among our practitioners. This technique is a high velocity low amplitude force applied to individual joints in a specific direction to restore function. Patients usually feel more comfortable and relaxation of the structures post adjustment.
This technique was developed by Dr Clay Thompson in 1957 and uses drop pieces on the benches to correct joint misalignments. During this technique, segments of the table elevate and drop away gently when specific contact is placed to fixated joint /pelvis to enhance their movement.
This technique was founded by Dr Major DeJearnette. It identifies patterns of distortion in the cranium, spine, organs and pelvis in an organised and practical way to restore the flow of Cerebro Spinal Fluid (CSF) through the central nervous system. Wedge shaped blocks are used during this technique to correct pelvic imbalances with patients own body weight.
This technique uses an adaptable spring loaded instrument to apply a consistent low force, high speed adjustment to specific tissues/joints instead of the manual techniques. The activator method is suitable for all types of patient from babies, those with osteoporosis to the larger patient.
Developed by Dr George Goodheart, this technique uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine the body’s function. If muscle weakness is found, either individual or a combination of the above techniques are applied to restore the nervous systems function to that area.
NMT and OSM usually consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on areas of muscle tightness. The pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow and can feel painful at first but most people describe the pressure as “good pain”. Techniques such as Muscular Energy Technique, Trigger Point Therapy and Soft Tissue Release dominate this treatment with fantastic functional results.
Muscle Energy Techniques are used to treat somatic dysfunction, especially decreased range of motion, muscular hypertonicity, and pain. When dysfunction occurs at one joint or segment, the related agonist muscles become affected. If uncorrected, the antagonistic muscles eventually become involved leading to dysfunction of both muscle groups. This presents as decreased range of motion with pain and/or tenderness in the area. It is a direct and active technique engaging the restrictive barrier and requires the patient’s participation for maximal effect.
Soft Tissue Release is an advanced massage technique which stretches soft tissues structures such as muscles, fascia, and tendons. By targeting specific areas of tension with manual pressure and stretching that muscle in a specific direction, the fibres release increasing the range of movement, relieving pain, preventing, repairing and managing injuries. STR restores soft tissue balance, realigns muscle fibres, breaks down adhesions and significantly increases motion.
Trigger points are palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Pain frequently radiates from these points to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. When trigger points are present in muscles there is often pain and weakness in the associated structures. Activation of trigger points may be caused by a number of factors, including acute or chronic muscle overload, psychological distress, trauma, radiculopathies, or infections. Treatment involves direct pressure release, stretching, MET and STR.
Cranial work by a trained practitioner of craniopathy can produce significant changes in the cranial and facial bones. A wide variety of symptomatology affecting the patient’s overall health can be relieved when the appropriate cranial work is employed. Cranial work is performed by hand contacts on the skull and some corrections are made intra-orally to facilitate optimum cranial motion and flow of fluid around the brain.
Balance Ligamentous Tension is a very gentle Osteopathic technique invented by A.T. Still and further developed by Rebecca Lippincott and William Garner Sutherland which is used to release tension and realign the ligaments and soft tissues of the body to improve joint function and blood flow. The ligaments provide proprioceptive information that guides the muscle response for positioning the joint, and the ligaments themselves guide the motion of the articular components. This technique can be received by patients of all ages.
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point needling, is based on the traditional and western medical acupuncture. Using hypodermic needles during treatment, as Research supports, can improve pain control, blood flow and reduce muscle tension and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation. Dry needling can also help with multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
General Osteopathic Technique is a mobilisation technique which treats the whole body to improve blood flow, lympathic drainage and proprioception resulting in better range of motion of the joints, bringing them back to normal range.