What are some of our Chiropractic Techniques
Chiropractors have a deep understanding of the body’s structures and how each interacts. The Chiropractic techniques used at Chiro & Sports Med is a hands-on approach to examining, diagnosing, and treating a patient who is experiencing pain. Using spinal adjustments, manipulation and other physical means to improve neuromusculoskeletal function, and by detecting structural imbalances and nerve interferences throughout these systems the chiropractors ensure they are treating the cause and not just the symptoms.
The chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med use a wide variety of techniques to ensure you get the most effective and comfortable treatment possible. They will carefully explain all treatment techniques to you prior to their use and we will not do or use anything that you are uncomfortable with. The chiropractic techniques used at Chiro & Sports Med may include: joint mobilisations and adjustments, soft tissue techniques, muscle stretches, acupuncture, heat therapy, interferential therapy, ultrasound therapy, exercise prescription and rehabilitation treatment.
This chiropractic technique is used to restore or to enhance the joint function joint that has been lost due to injury or disease. Joint mobilisations aid in breaking down adhesions that disrupt joint movement, decrease pain and increase mobility. There are different grades of joint mobilisations used at Chiro & Sports Med based on how much joint play is available. Joint mobilisation can be performed both on the spine and extremity joints. Patients with sensitive nervous systems may benefit from gentle chiropractic techniques to keep the body from overreacting and causing reactive muscle spasm.
The most common adjustment technique used at Chiro & Sports Med is called the Diversified Technique. Diversified Technique involves a short-lever, high-velocity movement with specific contact on the spine or extremity joint to be affected. Adjustments are given in a specific direction in order to correct joint fixations, decrease muscle tension, reduce stress and improve the function and integrity of the nervous system.
At Chiro & Sports Med the chiropractors apply soft tissue techniques by using their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. The most commonly used soft tissue technique is Active Release Technique (ART). ART is a soft tissue system/movement-based technique used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, Headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee problems, fascia and nerves muscle stretching. Using hand pressure, we work to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions, with the stretching motions generally in the direction of venous and lymphatic flow, although the opposite direction may occasionally be used.
ART is most commonly used to treat conditions related to adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles resulting from repetitive strain injuries, postural strain, sports injuries and general wear and tear. As adhesions build up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the motion of muscles and joints are altered, and nerves can be compressed. As a result, tissues suffer from decreased blood supply, pain, and poor mobility. The goal of ART is to restore the smooth movement of tissues and to release any trapped nerves or blood vessels. In the first three levels of ART treatment, as with other soft-tissue treatment forms, movement of your tissue is done by your chiropractor. In level four, however, ART requires you to actively move the affected tissue in prescribed ways while your chiropractor applies a specific tension.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching is the most common muscle stretching technique used at Chiro & Sports Med. This chiropractic technique is extremely effective targeting any tight muscle in the body. PNF is used to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimise motor performance and rehabilitation. The literature regarding PNF has made the technique the optimal stretching method when the aim is to increase range of motion, especially in short-term changes.
Generally an active PNF stretch involves taking a muscle into a passive stretch and then tensing the muscle while in a stretched position. The contraction is held for a few seconds and then the muscle is taken further into a stretched position. This technique is usually repeated a few times per muscle. PNF can be used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance. Aside from being safe and time efficient, the dramatic gains in range of motion seen in a short period of time may also promote compliance with the exercise and rehabilitation program.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is an effective, holistic and natural form of healing that has a wide range of health benefits and can improve a wide range of conditions. It is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points and each of these points serves as an access route to the deeper circulatory channels within.
This chiropractic technique is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, from carpal tunnel syndrome to fibromyalgia and tennis elbow. It has also been shown to strengthen the immune system, improve respiratory health, relieve insomnia, and reduce stress while bringing emotional balance to patients. Additionally, patients who are recuperating from illness, injury, or surgery can often recover faster when acupuncture is undertaken to increase circulation and reduce inflammation.
For patients who want to experience the best of what both chiropractic and the acupuncture offer, an evolving field of medicine known as chiropractic acupuncture combines the two. At Chiro & Sports Med the technique is used by inserting extremely fine gauge needles at selected points, stimulating them and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities. These points are also places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.
Heat therapy is the application of heat to the body for pain relief and muscle stiffness and can be used to reduce long lasting or chronic pain. At Chiro & Sports Med your chiropractors use wheat packs and it can be beneficial to those with arthritis, stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue of the skin. It is also most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes and may be used in conjunction with other chiropractic treatments.
The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, edema, and aids in the post acute phase of healing; and increasing blood flow. Heat therapy causes blood vessels in the treated areas to dilate or open wider. As a result, blood flow to the area is increased. Sore stiff muscles may relax and become more flexible. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing and makes the delivery of an adjustment more comfortable and effective.
Interferential therapy (IFT) is one of various types of physical therapy used at Chiro & Sports Med. IFT is used in four clinical applications, to relieve pain, stimulate muscles, increase local blood flow and reduce edema. It uses a mid-frequency electrical signal to treat muscular spasms and strains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area at periodic intervals, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, thus relaxing strained muscles and promoting soft-tissue healing.
It has been suggested that IFT works in a ‘special way’ because it is ‘interferential’ as opposed to ‘normal’ stimulation. The machine can be set up to act more like a TENS-type device or a muscle stimulator by adjusting the stimulating (beat) frequency. Some patients regard it as more acceptable, as it generates less discomfort than some other forms of electrical stimulation.
Ultrasound is used to minimize muscle pain and movement dysfunction. This chiropractic technique stimulates the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high frequency sound waves. At Chiro & Sports Med, ultrasound is applied using a transducer or applicator that is in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Gel is used on all surfaces of the head to reduce friction and assist transmission of the ultrasonic waves. This treatment can help reduce stiffness, swelling, and pain, increase circulation and promote pain free movement. It can be used in conjunction with stretching, heat, therapeutic massage, or gentle chiropractic manipulation. Ultrasound therapy is a painless procedure and many people find it relaxing.
Exercise prescription is the referral of patients to exercise programs. At Chiro & Sports Med your chiropractors will develop exercise programs designed to modulate acute exercise programming variables to create the adaptations desired by the individual or sport.
Prescription of stretching exercises is most commonly developed and results in a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion. Taking home stretches can also help strengthen muscles, and in turn strong muscles are important to stabilising your spine, pelvis or any other injury you have come in with
At Chiro & Sports Med, our professionals are masters’ qualified chiropractors, with further accreditation in managing and treating sports injuries. They are also academics and give lectures and run tutorials in chiropractic skills at Macquarie University ensuring they stay at the top of the academic field. Moreover, they are constantly adding to their technical skills and knowledge base to keep current with the latest advancements in manual therapy.
If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.