What is Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractic offer a hands-on approach to alleviate pain and improve function, addressing the cause of the problem at its source. We conduct a detailed examinations to determine if chiropractic is the right treatment for you.

 

Treatment is mainly focused on the function of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints).

Many Different forms of Chiropractic treatment are available

If you dislike or have a preference for a particular treatment method, please inform your chiropractor. There are many different ways for us to treat the same area, as detailed below, and oand we like to ensure the comfort of our patients.

Treatments offered at TWC include:

  • Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT)
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Chiropractors primarily use a technique called spinal manipulative therapy. It helps to reduce pain and correct dysfunction in joints and muscles, treating the cause. SMT is a precise, high velocity, low amplitude (high speed, low force) thrust that is delivered by the hands to the dysfunctional joint.

  • Mobilisations

Mobilisations are gentle, often oscillatory, passive movements applied to the spine or joints of the body so as gently to stretch and improve ranges of motion.

 

  • Soft Tissue Massage/Trigger Point Therapy
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Functional massage treatment is a great alternative to SMT, for those patients for whom it is contraindicated, or if is something the patient doesn't want. Still using chiropractic diagnostic techniques to diagnose injuries or dysfunction, a combination of soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, activator tool (see below), stretches and mobilisations are then used to treat.

 

  • Activator

This spring-loaded tool was designed in order to increase the precision of the adjustment procedure. The activator is a great alternative to SMT for patients with osteoporosis or those who do not like some SMT techniques. This is because of the tools' high level of precision, and the ability to fine tune the amount of forces but still give the same benefits!

  • Kinesiology Taping
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'Kinesio Taping', or sports taping, is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process by providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. 

 

By providing extended soft tissue manipulation it is thought to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.

 

It is widely used in sport, thought to enhance performance, and in clinic to reduce post-treatment soreness or support acute pain patients

  • SOT Blocks/wedging

In cases where SMT is not appropriate the chiropractor can place these wedges under the patient so that only their body and gravity is making the adjustment. Normally used in combination with an activator.

  • Thompson Drops/Toggle recoil

The patient lies on a special table with sections that move up by less than an inch. The chiropractor applies a quick light thrust, and at the same time the section drops back to the start position. The dropping of the table allows for a lighter adjustment without the twisting positions that can accompany other techniques.

  • Physical Rehabilitation; Exercises & Stretches

Specific tailored exercise and stretch routines are provided after consultation.

 

We also have the facilities to provide one-to-one rehabilitation sessions at the clinic.

  • Lifestyle Advice;

Tailored to the individual.