Practitioners at Health First Chiropractic are proficient in many different adjustment techniques enabling them to best meet your specific needs.
By assessing your individual circumstances our chiropractors use their expertise and clinical experience to help determine a range of approaches most suitable to your condition and body-type.
Our chiropractors will discuss treatment options with you before care commences, to ensure that you are comfortable with the technique approach recommended for you. We understand you may have individual preferences and will try to accommodate your requests.
Regardless of which technique approach is agreed upon, you can rest assured that chiropractic treatment has an excellent safety record when applied gently and carefully by skilled practitioners.
You will find that Health First Chiropractic makes every attempt to stay current with the latest technological advances with chiropractic treatment. Current adjusting techniques are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before.
Below is a brief description of the primary adjustment techniques we use.
Each method of treatment has its advantages and your chiropractor will work with you to determine if one or a combination of both methods are right for you.
This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients.
It involves a quick, yet gentle, pressure to the joint using the chiropractor’s hands. It often results in an audible ‘pop’ – this sound is created by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released.
Instrument Adjustments (Activator/Impulse)
Often the gentlest methods of adjusting the spine. These are techniques that include the use of instruments to deliver an adjustment to the patient. Instead of the manipulating/adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small hand held instrument that delivers a lighter, but quicker, pressure.
Instrument adjusting can be used as a primary treatment method for patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation/adjustment or where manual manipulation/adjustment may be contraindicated.
This low-force chiropractic technique is so gentle it ensures a safe and comfortable experience for all ages, as well as patients with osteoporosis or arthritis.
ACTIVATOR® ADJUSTING INSTRUMENT:
The ACTIVATOR® adjusting instrument provides a gentle low-force approach to chiropractic care. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns.
Because of its effectiveness and gentle nature, the Activator Instrument has grown to become the world’s most widely-used instrument chiropractic technique.
IMPULSE ADJUSTING INSTRUMENT®:
The IMPULSE ADJUSTING INSTRUMENT® is the most technically advanced chiropractic adjusting instrument in the profession today.
The Impulse Adjusting Instrument is specifically tuned to the natural frequency of the body allowing the creation of more bone movement with less force and simultaneously stimulates greater populations of nerve receptors for more effective adjustments and better results.
A gentle, non-force adjusting procedure utilising a specialised table that provides flexion and traction to specific areas of the spine to aid in the re-creation of lost movement, the decompression and realignment of the spine.
This technique is primarily utilised to manage disc injuries, scoliosis, osteoarthritis and to increase mobility of spinal joints. This approach has been shown to be a very effective technique in relieving spinal and leg pain.
Drop Table Adjustments
This specialised chiropractic technique uses a special table with sections that move up and down under your body to gently unlock specific segments of your spine.
Drop table adjusting allows chiropractors to minimise the force used for the adjustment and avoids the twisting positions that can accompany other techniques.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, our chiropractors may use a variety of adjunctive techniques including muscle stretching procedures, soft tissue therapy, exercise recommendations and as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.