Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on adjustments of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal adjustments to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from adjustments, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.
Soft Tissue Techniques
A variety of Soft Tissue techniques are used in order to assist the adjustment by relaxing any tight muscles and helping to alleviate pain and discomfort. These range from Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and various stretching techniques. Some stretching techniques may be given as Home care in order to continue the rehabilitative process.
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is an alternative medicine technique similar to acupuncture. It is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS). It involves the use of Acupuncture needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. Dry needling is mainly used to treat myofascial trigger points, but it is also used to target connective tissue, neural ailments, and muscular ailments.
Elastic therapeutic tape, also called kinesiology tape, Kinesio tape, k-tape, or KT is an elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive that is used with the intent of treating pain and disability from athletic injuries and a variety of other physical disorders. In individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain, research suggests that elastic taping may help relieve pain.
The tape is applied to individual areas in a specific way dependent upon the clinical intent , whether it be to alleviate acute injuries, or assist in getting back to full fitness.