Paediatric Technique Adjusting babies, infants and children is a specialised field. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life; therefore the techniques used are specialised and appropriate for a developing spine. We use specific gentle paediatric techniques to check and adjust a baby’s spine. Paediatric techniques differ to the more traditional techniques used on adults and are likened to specific sustained pressure on the involved area (like pressing your eyeball) rather than manual care. Having your baby checked as soon after birth as possible gives them a great start to a happy and healthy life.
Diversified Technique This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic adjustment).
Cranial Therapy Flat (Plagiocephaly), bumpy or cone shaped heads seen in new borns and children can have lasting effects on learning and behaviour. Late effects [of plagiocephaly] included visual disturbances, orthodontic surgical issues, cosmetic concerns and psychosocial issues. This can cause cranial distortion, increased intracranial pressure and definable damage and distortion to the underlying areas of the brain causing subtle neurophysiological problems. Many new parents are told altered head shapes are normal or the child's hair will cover it up. These infants must be checked by a specialised Chiropractor.
Upper Cervical Specific These various techniques focus on joint dysfunctions in the upper cervical spine (C1 and C2). The theory is that treatment of this area may also address problems throughout the entire body. X-ray analysis is commonly used for making clinical decisions (which segment to adjust) and may also rely on static and motion palpation, and thermographic (atlas fossa) analysis.
Thompson Protocol This technique uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments can be lifted up a fraction of an inch, so when the thrust is delivered, the table will drop this fraction of an inch. Each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment. This dropping action increases the speed of the doctor’s adjustment making it quick and comfortable. The drop pieces assists the thrust, while minimising the force required for the adjustment.
Gonstead Protocol The body’s foundation is formed by the pelvic girdle. When this bony structure consisting of hip bones and the lower back is level, there will be maximum balance and stability in the spinal column. When the pelvic girdle or any of the vertebrae become tilted or rotated out of their proper position, dramatic changes may occur in the body. These misalignments can cause pressure on the discs that separate the vertebrae, the ability to recognise and correct these misalignments forms an integral part of the Gonstead Concept
Activator Methods This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based adjustment protocol. Instead of the adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. Activator can be used as a primary treatment protocol for all patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation/adjustment or where manual adjustment may be contraindicated.
Webster Technique for Pregnancy & Breech Babies The Webster Technique is a specific sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of this adjustment is to reduce the effects of the sacral subluxation and SIJ dysfunction. In doing so, the neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis is facilitated. Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.
Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase in hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations; pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance. Additionally, because the chiropractic adjustment affects all body functions by reducing nerve system stress; pregnant mothers may have significant benefit by having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy optimising health benefits for both the mother and baby.
The Webster Technique has become a familiar term in the pregnancy and birth conversation. Families are seeking out chiropractors who are proficient in this technique as a way to support a more comfortable, safer and easier birth. Dr Karen Singh is proficient in the Webster Technique and can help make a difference in the pregnancy and birth of your child by optimising normal physiological function.
Neuro Emotional Technique NET This mind - body technique is used to clear negative emotional patterns or memories which can cause a physical reaction or effect on your emotional and physical health and wellbeing. Stress and negative emotions can be linked to an event from your past that involves pain, failure, fear, feelings of worthlessness and feeling unloved. Your body can be conditioned to produce the same negative emotions again and again in response to a similar trigger or pattern. NET may help in addressing issues with stress, anxiety, past trauma and allergic reactions and responses.
Sacro Occipital Technique SOT SOT is a system of adjusting patterns in the body, not just single body parts. The most significant pattern was the relationship between the sacrum and occiput. Category I deals with the primary respiratory mechanism between the sacrum and occiput. This relationship is described typically as pelvic torsion (twisting of the pelvis that makes it seem as if one leg is shorter than the other) with limited sacral nutation (tailbone movement). The spinal and cranial meningeal and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) systems function, to a degree, like a closed kinematic chain. Therefore the sacral or tailbone meningeal attachments and reduced movement can have an affect on the tissues above such as the spine with meningeal altered tensions, CSF stagnation, and altered vascular related function. Category II involves over-motion or instability of the sacroiliac joint causing a dysfunctional relationship between the tailbone and pelvis. The sacroiliac weight-bearing joint sprain makes if difficult for the body to maintain itself against gravity and function at its optimum. It is common with this category to find low back imbalance which can affect the knees, shoulders, neck and TMJ with Category II patients. When Category II patients are not treated and the condition persists it can lead to a Category III type condition. Category III is commonly associated with severe low back pain relating to sciatica or disc herniations. Patients often have difficulty standing up straight and can be leaning to one side and forward. They will have pain when they cough or sneeze, attempt to sit or arise from a seated position, or even just putting on their shoes. It is also possible to have numbness or weakness in the legs. SOT offers very specific methods that are effective and specific for each individual patient’s needs. Each patient is treated individually and in some instances other SOT methods are needed to improve function of organs (CMRT – chiropractic manipulative reflex technique), cranial bone and TMJ (jaw) and foot, ankle, knee, hip as well as hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder function.
Lumbar Spinal Decompression Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal. Doctors have used nonsurgical spinal decompression in an attempt to treat
Back or neck pain or sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
Bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease
Bio Geometric Integration BGI BGI provides an understanding of the innate geometry of the body and the force dynamics surrounding the creation and the release of subluxations. The philosophy, science and art of chiropractic are examined providing the opportunity to express and understand chiropractic in accord with contemporary science. Through understanding the innate geometry of the body, the chiropractor is more able to efficiently and gently release the subluxation, and assess the effectiveness of the adjustment. The geometric understanding of the body also serves to bridge a gap between the many techniques of chiropractic, by providing a common language and understanding from which to converse.
Network Spinal Analysis NSA Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) is a system of improving spine and nervous system function through light touch. Gentle contacts along the neck and tailbone region (where the spinal cord attaches to the bones of the spine) create a stimulus to the brain, achieving greater body awareness. As the brain becomes aware of tension stored within the spine and nervous system, the body begins to develop natural waves of breath and movement that release these patterns of tension. Brain-body communication is improved, which enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Research shows the statistically significant benefits of NSA in relation to enhanced physical, mental, and emotional well-being, healthier lifestyles and greater life enjoyment.