Chiropractic care is a manual therapy intervention which includes adjustments as well as other treatment modalities. Including but not limited to; mobilisations, soft tissue techniques, patient education and rehabilitative exercises. The above conditions have been shown, in both research and clinical practice, to respond to chiropractic care as described above. Although, as with all interventions, each individual will respond differently to care. This is why we tailor and individualise all schedules of care as appropriate.
Examinations & Treatment Protocols
Chiropractic care at Better Health involves a comprehensive initial consultation and individualised schedules of care. Our chiropractic sessions have an emphasis on manual chiropractic adjustments yet they also include soft-tissue techniques, physical rehabilitation programs and specific patient education. We take a holistic approach to your care and include lifestyle guidance and injury prevention strategies where possible. The treatment protocols listed here are not an exhaustive list of what we utilise in practice, but a sample of the tools we use to help our patients get back to being pain free and working towards preventative health and well-being.
The Chiropractic adjustment is what separates Chiropractic care from a multitude of other manual therapy options available. It is often what is sought after most when a patient decides to investigate Chiropractic care. The Chiropractic adjustment is well known to decrease pain, increase range of motion and decrease muscle spasm locally. New research is now showing that the Chiropractic adjustment, via its role in normalising joint motion and alignment, has further reaching effects on the global function of the entire brain and nervous system.
Health care at it’s core is precisely that, the management of your health whilst you are healthy. We believe that there is no better time to start looking after your health than from day one. From the moment of conception the growth and development of a baby is one of the most amazing processes we will ever witness. Our goal is to give parents a strong understanding of motor development, co-ordination, balance, posture and why these are so important for overall brain development and health. Chiropractic care for children is gentle and often effective, especially when used in conjunction with home advice to enhance your child’s development through his or her own natural movements. We take a holistic approach to children’s health, including working closely with the Naturopathy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry departments as well as external health care provides.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive and non-surgical solution to chronic pain syndromes. Acoustic or sound waves are transferred to the body as kinetic energy to assist in healing and repair of injured tissues. Shockwave therapy offers fast and lasting pain relief and increases the mobility of treated tissues. Shockwave is known to be beneficial for a range of conditions, including jumper’s knee, painful shoulder, tennis elbow, heel spur, insertional tendinopathy and pain, chronic tendinopathy and pain, medial tibial stress syndrome, calcification’s, plantar fasciitis and hip pain.
Prescription exercises are an integral part of our structured plans of care. These are designed to improve areas of your strength, endurance, co-ordination, balance and posture. We developing indivicualised programs for rehabilitation depending on your concern of area of weakness. These may encompass neurological or brain based exercises through to dynamic neuromuscular stabilisation (DNS) and retraining of movement patterns or cardiovascular and strength training programs. We have found from years of experience, that the more you understand your condition, the better able you are to take control in self management. This will lead to a better long term prognosis and reduce your risk of re-injury.
Electromyography or EMG Biofeedback is a technique which uses surface electrodes to measure electrical muscle activity beneath the skin. This technology is useful both diagnostically and in injury rehabilitation.
To assist in joint protection, your muscle contractions need to be well coordinated. Switching on and off at exactly the right time with exactly the right amount of force.
What can we measure with Electromyography?
Imbalances between muscle groups in;
- Muscle activation timing differences
- Muscle fatigue rate
- Muscle strength, both individually and comparatively
EMG allows us to pinpoint which muscle, and at what particular part of the contraction, weakness, and imbalance occur. By using EMG as a biofeedback tool you, as the patient, can have instantaneous feedback and correction in real time.
Read more about EMG Biofeedback here
Sympathetic Dominance Protocol
The ‘Fight or Flight’ response is the normal adaptation of your sympathetic nervous system to assist in your survival during a stressful period. For example, a physical injury or great traumatic experience.
Although your sympathetic nervous system may also switch on to help get your body deal with the stress of every-day life. Such as a to-do list as long as your arm, a baby that won’t sleep, and a looming deadline at work. This may leave you feeling wound up and exhausted all at the same time.
When your ‘Fight or Flight’ response switches on, your blood pressure and blood sugar levels increase. Your heart rate increases and blood is re-directed to your skeletal muscles. It also increases your breathing rate and suppresses your digestion, immunity and reproductive systems. All this, plus more, allows your body to better deal with a short-term crisis. To fight, or run from, the stressful situation in order to survive. This acute survival mechanism of the sympathetic nervous system is well understood.
What is not well understood are the long term effects of having a dominant sympathetic nervous system. What happens if your body is continually in a state of survival, and doesn’t allow itself enough time to switch back over into parasympathetic nervous system control or ‘Rest and Digest’ mode. If your body is in a continual state of ‘Fight or Flight’ this might have ongoing negative health effects.
Potential Negative Health Effects
- Bad posture with headaches, forward rolled and tight shoulders, back pain, tight hamstrings and calf muscles
- Migraines with sensitivity of your senses to light, sound, noise or smell
- Immune system suppression
- Poor digestive function including food intolerances, IBS, sluggish digestion, reflux
- Poor reproductive system function
- Poor healing capability and chronic or recurrent injuries