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There are many varied techniques in Chiropractic. The intent is the same however the means may vary. This diversity caters for the fact that we are all individuals and that we should approach our health care in general as individuals. With this in mind a singular Chiropractic Technique may elicit a different response in two different individuals who may present in a similar way.

As Chiropractors we understand that the nervous system controls and co-ordinates all the functions of our body. Interference to the communication and function of the nervous system via misalignments of the spine or Misalignments can impair the optimal function of the body. The purpose of the Chiropractic adjustment is to remove these Misalignments.

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Here is a summary of some of the main techniques practiced by the Doctors at Back to Health. They can be practiced on a stand-alone basis or in combination.

They fall into a few broad categories:

Segmental: The approach is at a more localised area or section of the spine where the Misalignment is. E.g. Gonstead and Diversified.

Postural: The posture is evaluated and any distortions are noted. E.g. S.O.T and A.K

Tonal: The spine and nervous system is assessed as a functional unit in whole and more overall movements analysed. E.g. Tonal Upper Cervical, components of S.O.T and Network Spinal Analysis.

The delivery of the adjustment can be via: Hand Chiropractic means done by hand. E.g. Gonstead and Diversified, or Assisted: This can be via: Instruments E.g. Activator , Tables: E.g. Thompson, Blocks: E.g. S.O.T

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One of the original and most commonly used methods is diversified adjusting. With diversified adjusting a quick thrust is used which is usually accompanied by a "popping" sound as the pressure is released from the joint much like opening champagne bottled. It is safe and the patient usually feels more relaxed after the adjustment. The body, with its restored nervous system, rebuilds damaged tissues and clears away wastes. A major effect of diversified adjustments is restoration of lost function.

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Gonstead Technique

Originally developed by Dr Clarence Gonstead. He established X-ray analysing method to judge displacements of spinal vertebrae and pelvis. He advocated that a vertebra can displace to posterior first of all. The adjustment is manual as in diversified however the actual technique can vary in contact point and direction.

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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) developed by Dr George Goodheart D.C is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. In general, the Chiropractor finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The practitioner will then evaluate and apply the care that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.
Care consists of the Chiropractic Adjustment and may also involve cranial work specific soft tissue work and nutrition. Applied kinesiology considers the triad of health, which consists of chemical, mental and structural (Physical) factors to describe the proper balance of the major health categories.

The triad is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural health as its base, and the upright sides representing chemical and mental health. When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors.

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Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T)

SOT is one of the oldest chiropractic techniques and was founded by Dr Major B. De Jarnette (1900-1992). He was skilled in osteopathic technique having learnt from the founder of Osteopathy Dr Andrew Taylor Still and also cranial techniques as taught by Dr Sutherland. SOT is neurologically based, requiring advanced knowledge of how the body responds to correction and in what order it prefers to address stress. SOT is a method of chiropractic care that identifies distortion patterns in the nervous pelvic and spinal systems. SOT practitioners understand the mechanics and neurology of the body in an organised and practical way. The relationship between the spinal, cranial and related organ systems is analysed. The flow of cerebrospinal fluid is regarded as important in this technique. This technique uses wedge shaped blocks to insert under the patient's pelvis for pelvic correction using patient's weight

SOT patients are also often given guidance regarding home care, diet, and nutrition.

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Activator uses various movements and tests to determine where the Misalignment is. Correction is made using the Activator Adjusting Instrument to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments rather than directly by hand

How does the Activator adjusting instrument work?

The handheld Activator instrument is specifically designed to deliver a controlled, light and fast thrust without undue strain to the patient. The thrust delivered by the instrument is so quick that it accelerates ahead of the body's tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of an adjustment.

Adjustments using the activator are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and seniors. It is often used in combination with many other techniques.

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Thompson Technique

Developed originally by Dr. Clay. Thompson. He developed the drop table (Thompson Table) that was fully patented in 1957. He discovered pelvic displacement patterns and a correlation between pelvic displacements and difference of leg length. This analysis can be used to assess more accurately the location of a Misalignment depending on the response in the body. The adjustment is assisted by the use of what is known as a drop piece. This drops away gently to assist the removal of the Misalignment as the adjustment is made with the patient lying face down.

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Logan Basic

Logan Basic technique is a very predictable structural technique that works by gentle pressure on the hip and buttock area. When the base of the spine is misaligned, this causes compensation further up, which results in the distortion of the entire body

A gentle contact is made to remove the misalignment or Misalignment and to resolve the compensation.

Upper Cervical Techniques:

Toggle Recoil Technique

Dr. B. J. Palmer developed this technique and was the son of Dr D.D Palmer the founder of Chiropractic. This is very famous technique, which adjusts only upper cervical spine (C1 or C2). This is the entrance to the nervous system and a region of high neurological importance as the brainstem is descends to the top of the first cervical (neck) vertebra.

The adjustment can be made by hand using a drop piece or by using various instruments much like an activator.

There are many techniques however this is a summary of some of the techniques utilised by the Chiropractors at Back to Health.

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