CHIROPRACTIC AND MANUAL THERAPY
There are a range of "hands on" treatments that are well supported by the scientific community. More specifically the use of carefully directed manipulative techniques focused at restoring movement and alleviating painful regions in the spine and musculoskeletal system.
Manual therapy. a variety of hands on treatment techniques (including mobilisation, soft tissue techniques, and manipulation) aimed to improve and restore function and reduce the burden of the many and varied complaints that arise from the human neuromusculoskeletal system.
Whilst manual therapy is a primary treatment method at this clinic, we also utilise a range of other evidence-based approaches to patient care. These include, soft tissue therapy, western/medical acupuncture and dry needling. Equally, exercise prescription, lifestyle advice and relevant pain educational tools are utilised as primary management strategies in this clinic.
A key focus at this clinic is to deliver patient centred care, this involves a combination of your treatment preferences and goals, the practitioners experience and a current evidence-based approach to the management of your condition. We also aim to encourage self-efficacy beyond treatment and provide you with the tools to develop a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession; it is not defined solely by the use of one technique.
Chiropractors utilise spinal manipulation as one of their primary tools.
Chiropractors are trained in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Chiropractic emphasis and specialisation is in spine care.
Chiropractic education and training involves a six year undergraduate degree with many parallel courses to medical training and an equivalent master’s level degree.
WESTERN ACUPUNCTURE AND DRY NEEDLING
Acupuncture has become widely used in manual and physical therapy practices; the origins of traditional acupuncture methods originate in ancient china.
In recent times the theories underpinning this age-old treatment have been tested through more western scientific reasoning.
The effects of acupuncture are likely a combination of the following mechanisms:
Local effects - the activation of certain chemicals in the tissue to stimulate a micro-inflammatory effect on injured tissues; this accelerates the healing process leading to early recovery.
Segmental effects - acupuncture stimulates certain nerve fibres; the activation of these fibres has a competitive effect on pain transmission, therefore suppressing the sensation of pain.
Central effects - recent studies have focused on the effects of needling sensations on the brain; the resulting responses in the brain stimulate release of natural pain relieving substances such as endorphins, enkephalins and pain modulatory chemicals such as seratonin and nor-adrenaline.
Muscle, trigger point effects - acupuncture may help to desensitise and release taught bands in muscle