Chiropractic care is a manual therapy intervention which involves adjustments as well as other treatment modalities. These may include, but are not limited to; mobilisations, assorted soft tissue techniques, instrument assisted techniques, patient education and rehabilitative exercises. The above conditions may be helped by chiropractic care as described above. Although, as with all interventions, each individual patient will respond differently to care. This is why we tailor and individualise all our schedules of care as appropriate for the patient.
Examinations & Treatment
Chiropractic care at Better Health involves a comprehensive initial consultation and report of findings session to prepare and plan an individualised course of care. Our chiropractic sessions have an emphasis on manual chiropractic adjustments yet they also include other therapeutic interventions as mentioned above. 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 total well-being.
The Chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulative therapy, is what patients most commonly seek when pursuing chiropractic care. An adjustment to the joints of the skeletal system by a trained Chiropractor involves varying speeds and amplitudes depending on the outcome we want to achieve. Most commonly a high-velocity low-amplitude force is applied by the hands which results in a cavitation of the joint. This is a quick and small movement applied to a specific joint in a specific direction with the goal of restoring range of movement and reducing pain to allow normal physical function. The ‘crack’ or noise you often hear following an adjustment is the noise produced from the dissolved gasses within the joint synovial fluid accumulating in a central bubble.
Healthcare at its 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. We work to ensure this period of fast growth and musculoskeletal development in a child’s life is as seamless and pain-free as possible.
We work with children and babies to restore the function of the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic for children is different to chiropractic for adults, it is much gentler. A treatment session typically involves chiropractic adjustment or mobilisation, craniosacral techniques, and soft tissue techniques as well as home advice for parents. We work closely with other health professionals, either within Better Health practice, or external healthcare providers to ensure the best care for your child.
Read more about Children’s Chiropractic here.
Chiropractic Board of Australia’s position on paediatric care as at 20 June 2017.
Chiropractors receive extensive university education and training, including about caring for children. Parents typically seek chiropractic services for their children for musculoskeletal disorders. In caring for children chiropractors may provide a range of treatment modalities including manipulation, dietary and ergonomic advice, exercise, counseling and other manual therapies such as massage.
Read more about the CBA statement here.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a non-invasive option for treating acute pain. The application of sound waves vibrates the tissues to provide deep heating of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and/or joints. It is not a painful process and may take between 3-10minutes. The use of ultrasound therapy may assist with the healing process by increasing blood flow, decreasing swelling and inflammation, decreasing pain and by assisting in the reduction of scar tissue.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive and non-surgical solution to chronic pain syndromes. Acoustic (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.
Read more about ESWT here.
Prescription exercises are an integral part of our structured plans of care. These are designed to improve areas of weakness and build strong neurological and musculoskeletal foundations. Whether that may be your strength, endurance, co-ordination, balance and/or posture. We develop a program for you that may include neurological or brain-based exercises through to retraining of movement patterns or cardiovascular and strength training programs.
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. With EMG we can measure imbalances in muscle activation timing, muscle fatigue rate and 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 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.
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. Your breathing rate increases, whilst your digestion, immunity and reproductive systems are suppressed. 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. If your body is in a continual state of ‘Fight or Flight’ this might have ongoing negative health effects. Such as;
- 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