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Our Chiropractic Techniques

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.

banner-chiropracticChiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. It emphasises manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation, and includes exercises, and health and lifestyle counselling.

Chiropractors are regulated by statute and may therefore refer to conditions for which suitably qualified medical advice should be sought, provided they hold convincing evidence of the efficacy of their treatments.

Primary adjusting techniques we use include:

DiversifiedChiropractor Hove
After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints. read more»

This technique relies on very specific posterior-to-anterior adjusting movements performed in the prone and sitting positions.

Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

Sacro Occipital Technique helps normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head, using gravity to make the necessary correction.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

AK Applied Kinesiology (Total Body Modification or TBM)
Testing the strength of specific muscles of your body helps us find structural, chemical and mental problems and monitor your results.

Activator Methods®
This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust.


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Functional neurology

Neurological ConnectionsOn your initial examination we will assess whether there are differences in firing rate and strength between the left and right sides of the brain. When present this is usually due to a physiological process involving a different firing rate of sensory stimulation, either from a joint position error (e.g., vertebral subluxation complex) or some other neurological lesion. Simply, the under active side of the brain i.e the side with the slower firing rate is being under-stimulated. Symptoms will be related to non-firing systems: sluggish reflexes, muscle weakness patterns, sensory imbalances, even emotional issues and of course, chronic pain can all be related to a under stimulated cortex.

Treatment is directed to the opposite side, such that an under-active right-cortex patient would only be adjusted on the left side and vice versa.  The aim of treatment is to stimulate and thus restore the balance to your nervous system using a very specific protocol of spinal and peripheral joint adjusting, exercises and stretches.


Effect on Posture / Movement
All brain output affects motor function / muscle tone, so an imbalance tends to produce a specific pattern of muscular asymmetry which leads to weakness on the same side of the under-active side of the brain. This may give rise to back pain and joint injuries and other problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, foot drop, tennis elbow and many other complaints.

Other effects:
Essentially, if one neurological system is not firing properly, then the system that it stimulates will also not fire properly. If A cannot fire to B, and B fires to C, then C will have a decreased firing rate. In other words, if one system is under-active then so are the all the other systems that it connects to. Therefore, this imbalance is likely to have broad implications on one’s health.

The right brain is the “brakes” of the body and if the brakes cannot be applied, we have, literally, a runaway nervous system which will go into the ‘Fight or Flight’ mode much too readily with everything that would imply. Allergies, fatigue,  overactive immune activity, hypersensitivity reactions and emotional instabilities could all be, theoretically, linked to a right-brain hemisphericity.

The left-brain is the “accelerator” neurologically, so if it is under-active then we would think of conditions whereby the body or brain would not be stimulated enough. An example would be depression.

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Children and Babies

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even natural delivery methods can stress an infant’s spine and muscles and lead to irritability and feeding problems.

Later on, as a child grows up, it is important to monitor the state of his/her back to promote a healthy spine and correct postural habits.

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