What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a natural and non-invasive health care profession that assesses and effectively treats disorders of both the musculoskeletal and nervous system, with a focus on spinal health and function. Just to list a few, chiropractic care is commonly used for treating these complaints:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Poor balance, movement & posture
Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.
What are the benefits of Chiropractic?
To understand the benefits we need to first appreciate that the spine is a sophisticated structure and in order for it to function well between the demands of our modern lifestyle, it is understandable that it requires a great deal of control. Due to over or under-use, spinal problems can often progress for a period of time without signs or symptoms, similar to that of tooth decay. These issues if not managed can lead to the loss of the intricate control system which our spine requires, causing unwanted injuries, joint restrictions, pain and extra burden on an individual’s overall function.
“Spinal manipulation” or “chiropractic adjustment” is a gentle and controlled force that is manually applied to a restricted joint and is known to exhibit many benefits. These not only include the restoration of joint mobility and the alleviation of pain but also a positive impact on our nervous system and the control centre in our brain to restore control and function, thereby allowing our body to heal.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the use of very thin needles that are inserted into the body at precise points. This process is used to adjust and alter the body’s energy flow into a healthier pattern and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions such as:
- Diffused musculoskeletal pain
- Joint aches
- Sports injuries
- Digestion disorders
- Seasonal allergies
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works along a system of energy pathways or meridians to restore the balance of the human body. This enhances the flow and awareness of the body to promote healthier functioning and recovery. The treatment of acupuncture may also be used alongside other health care services.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalising those tissues. It consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Here are some core techniques of therapy used and why:
Swedish massage is the most commonly used form of massage and uses long gliding strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles in the direction of blood flow toward the heart. It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using slow strokes, direct pressure or friction directed across the grain of the muscles. It is applied with greater pressure and to deeper layers of muscle than Swedish, which is why it is called deep tissue and is effective for chronic muscular tension.
Sports massage uses techniques that are similar to Swedish and deep tissue, but are specially adapted to deal with the effects of athletic performance on the body and the needs of athletes regarding training, performing and recovery from injury.
Neuromuscular massage is a form of deep massage that is applied to individual muscles. It is used primarily to release trigger points (intense knots of muscle tension that refer pain to other parts of the body) and also to increase blood flow. It is often used to reduce pain. Trigger point massage and myotherapy are similar forms.