At Back on Your Feet, Dr Katrina may use specific soft tissue techniques in conjunction with Chiropractic adjustments. She finds that by addressing the muscles, ligaments and tendons as well as the joints and nerves, you will get faster, more stable results.
An effective rehabilitation and home care program is essential when treating chronic or recurrent problems. A series of individualised stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed to help with even the most stubborn injury.
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Joint manipulation is a broad word that is often used by physiotherapists to describe passive movement of a synovial joint aimed at releasing adhesions to achieve a therapeutic effect.
Chiropractors prefer to use the term “adjustment”, which is unique to the chiropractic profession. As stated by the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) a spinal adjustment “is characterised by a specific thrust to the vertebra utilising parts of the vertebra and contiguous structures as levers to directionally correct articular malposition”. The therapeutic effect is a direct result of the movement of the joint in the direction it was restricted and the associated changes in neurology (including relaxation of muscle spasm and improved nerve flow). The aim of an adjustment is to restore ideal movement and alignment of the spine and limbs to relieve pain and/or discomfort and prevent re- occurrence of injuries.
These techniques are very comfortable and often people feel better quite quickly, which in part is due to an endorphin release as the body begins to heal itself. Manipulative techniques that are used at Back on Your Feet include Diversified and Thompson Drop Piece.
Chiropractic is well known for its manipulative techniques that create a “cracking” or “popping” sound as gas is released from the joint. However at Back on Your Feet, our Chiropractor, Katrina uses a variety of non manipulative techniques for those who don’t like or who are contraindicated for manipulative therapy.
Gentle mobilisations can be used to move the joints, restore normal joint function and relieve tension throughout the nervous system. SOT, cranial work, and pelvic blocking tools may be used to help with the adjustments. Thompson technique is another low force way for our Chiropractor to reestablish movement in the joints, take pressure off the discs, release muscle tension and restore nerve flow. They are especially effective on patients suffering from scoliosis and disc bulge injuries.
These gentler techniques are great for the elderly, kids, people with osteoporosis or those who simply don’t enjoy manipulative techniques.
Katrina works much like an Osteopath does by incorporating a variety of soft tissue techniques in with her treatments. In this day and age people’s lifestyles put a lot of extra stress on the body with increased sitting at a desk in front of a computer, lifting and postural overload. The muscles work overtime and become fatigued, tight and sore, so combining specific soft tissue work with the adjustments super charges the results!
Soft tissue techniques include trigger point therapy, PNF stretching, and Active Release Technique (ART) to address the muscle and soft tissue component of an injury or problem. However, should you need more extensive muscle work, our Chiropractor will refer you for an individualised massage with one of our talented massage therapists.
In certain cases, the soft tissue work will be done first to release chronically tight muscles in order to make the adjustment easier. Other times the adjustments will be done and soft tissue techniques used to release any residual tightness. By addressing the body structures as a whole and getting to the cause of the problem, our Chiropractor, Katrina, aims to get you the quickest results possible, and back doing what you love in no time.
Finding the cause of the problem and treating it is the first step of Chiropractic.
Unless you are going to make complete changes to your lifestyle to remove yourself from the “stress” (whether it be physical, chemical, emotional stress, or a combination of these) then a rehabilitation program is often necessary to strengthen the injured area and prevent its recurrence.
At Back on Your Feet, our Chiropractor uses a variety of rehabilitation techniques to help get you functioning at your very best and keep you there! This includes body weight exercises, stretches, personal training, theraband exercises, taping techniques, postural bracing and postural correction to improve spinal curves. These programs are individually designed for you and can be implemented for any level and any age group.
So, if you have a goal you are working towards, have a recurring injury, or simply want to stay as fit and healthy as possible, ask our chiropractor today about designing a rehab program that will get you functioning at your best. You’re bound to have some fun along the way!