Chiropractic is all about helping your body function and heal at its best.
Chiropractic is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of muscular and skeletal pain, with an emphasis on the symmetry and balance of the netire human body. Our chiropractors focus not only on the injured area but the contributing factors of the presenting condition.
Traditionally chiropractors would only treathe spine, at Back in Focus our modern chiropractic approach allows for the treatment of all joints and muscles in your body.
Chiropractic means ‘done by hand’. As such, we utilise hands-on approach in conjunction with lifestyle advice about movement to treat and prevent dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. Our hands-on approach involves targeting and relaxing soft tissues in the areas of concerns to allow more effective spinal or joint adjustment/manipulation.
Using specific adjustments in precise directions along with other treatment modalities, our chiropractors can help yourestore and improve the movement of your muscles and joints, helping you gradually regain more normal movement and function and subsequently reducing your experience of pain.
Some of the common treatment techniques that our chiropractors utitlise include:
- Spinal and joint adjustment/manipulation
- Spinal and joint mobilisation
- Soft tissue massage
- Trigger point therapy and active release technique (applying direct sustained pressure to the problem area)
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM/Graston)
- Dry needling
- Shockwave therapy
- Electrotherapy (TENs/interferential therapy, ultrasound therapy)
- Therapeutic exercise and stretches
- Ergonomic, lifestyle and behaviour modification advice
What is joint adjustment/manipulation and how can it help?
An adjustment or manipulation is one of the many techniques used by our highly skilled chiropractors (and physiotherapists) used to restore movements to joints that are not moving correctly. This could be a spinal joint or another joint in your body. A very specific contact is applied followed by a quick and highly accurate thrust. With adjustments a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ may be heard.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe for all ages. However, not everyone is treated with an adjustment such as in the case of young children or the elderly. In these cases, other techniques or a specialised instrument may be used instead. Our practitioners will perform a thorough assessment to ensure that it is suitable for you and talk you through the benefits beforehand.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint creates a change in pressure within the joint. This sudden change in pressure causes the ‘pop’ or ‘click’ that you usually hear. The same thing occurs when you ‘crack’ your knuckles. It is much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is also not a guide to the quality or need of an adjustment.
Does it hurt to get adjusted?
An adjustment is not normally painful however in some cases, mild soreness to the area being adjusted may be experienced. These symptoms are often a normal part of the healing process as your joint movement improves.
What is dry needling?
Trigger point needling is a treatment technique, which uses small filament type needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanantly reducing muscle pain and dysfunction.
A myofascial triggerpoint is a small bundle of muscle fibre knots, which are related to the production of pain that often occur as a result of postural dysfunction and in areas of biomechanical stress. Dry needling works by deactivating and desensitising myofascial trigger point which should stimulate a healing response.