Techniques We Use
The chiropractic adjustment is a manoeuvre that restores motion to a joint and relieves pressure from nerves. At Waters Family Chiropractic we utilise a number of chiropractic techniques which involve specific manual thrusts focused on restoring normal biomechanical function. These techniques have been developed to adjust joints of the arms and legs as well. The adjustment is a safe and effective technique, specific to chiropractic and is a skill refined over many years.
Soft Tissue Therapies
We believe in combining a range of soft tissue therapies together with traditional chiropractic adjustments. We treat the entire musculoskeletal system to include the muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, joints and bones. There are various techniques of massage used to relax tight muscles, prevent muscle spasm, and break down pain generating ‘trigger points’, also known as ‘knots'. There are some techniques designed specifically to break down scar tissue and fascia restrictions, usually associated with some form of trauma (e.g. a strained muscle or a pulled ligament/tendon). By reducing these soft tissue restrictions it allows for a better stretch and promotes healing by increasing blood flow. Some of our soft tissue techniques include: Trigger Point Therapy; Cross Frictional Massage; Mechanical Vibrational Massage; and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation
Chiropractic Adjusting Tool
A small hand-held instrument, the chiropractic adjusting tool is used by chiropractors to assist in treating back pain, neck pain or headaches. A spring-loaded device, it provides a quick, low-force impulse at specific points of the spine with the goal of restoring motion and relieving pain. Because the application of the chiropractic adjusting tool is fast and does not require any additional bending or torque of the spine, the body remains relaxed throughout the treatment, useful for patients in acute or severe pain.
This technique can be used to correct torsional strains across the pelvis, by altering the resting length of specific muscles using small wedged blocks. These pelvic blocks are placed under different areas of the body when laying down (i.e. rib cage, low back) in various directional positions, utilising gravity to correct any pelvic distortions, gently restoring balance to the body.
Used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of postural disorders, this specific type of elastic taping allows for support and stability to muscles and joints, without restricting the body's range of motion. It is designed to help facilitate and re-educate muscle activity by providing either a muscle contraction or muscle stretch. This in turn also alleviates discomfort or pain, prevents injury, reduces inflammation and promotes improved circulation and healing.
The application of stretching is used to elongate muscle fibres, returning muscles to their optimal length, increasing range of motion of a joint and leading to the prevention of further injury. Some of our stretching techniques include: Static Stretching; Dynamic Stretching; Post-isometric Relaxation Stretching (PIR); Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitative Stretching (PNF); Active Release Therapy (ART)
Rehabilitative & Corrective Exercise
Specific exercises and stretches are prescribed to correct muscular imbalances. This enables you as a patient to take responsibility for your own health, and permanently change dysfunctional patterns, vital to injury prevention. Exercise is necessary in injury prevention, and may include: core stability exercises, spinal strengthening exercises, postural correction exercises and biomechanical retraining.
Manual Spinal Traction
The goal of traction is to gently stretch the spine. This technique promotes retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material therefore relieveing pressure on the cartilage discs. It can also stretch the small spinal muscles, create more space for the nerves where they exit the spinal column, and allows for an influx of healing nutrients to reach the injured disc.
Postural Assessment & Education
Good posture is an important way to maintain a healthy mind and body and by achieving this ideal position allows the least amount of stress to be placed on the body’s tissues. By looking at the way you sit, stand, bend, squat or even lay down, we can show you ways to improve your posture to help prevent further injury or degeneration to over-worked areas of your spine.
Cold and heat therapy are useful for a wide range of conditions and are often included as a part of treatment in our clinic. Cold packs are great for reducing inflammation (e.g. in an acute injury), whilst heat packs are best in chronic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis) for accelerating healing.
By practicing a healthy diet, many of the known health issues, including back pain, can be avoided. A poor diet has an injurious impact on general health, directly linked to chronic systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. At Waters Family Chiropractic, we can offer advice on achieving a healthy and balanced diet.