Chiropractic Techniques Used | The Cotswold Chiropractor
Techniques used include Chiropractic, Western Medical Acupuncture, Ultrasound, Soft Tissue and Remedial Massage Techniques
A number of highly effective techniques are used to help improve the movement in the spine, thus reducing interferences to the nervous system.
The gentle sought-after McTimoney technique of chiropractic is mainly utilised by the Cotswold Chiropractor. This is a low-force technique of adjusting the bones of the body in order to realign the structure, restore function of the joints and help reduce interferences to the nervous system. Chiropractic is a highly skilled form of manipulation and the hands are used to perform these swift, light, dexterous movements.
Ultrasound is a gentle therapy used to help speed up the recovery of damaged tissues. It is useful when patients have sprained ligaments which are causing joint fixation and muscle spasm.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)
This is a Fascial release technique, and is used when there is a build up of scar tissue from old injuries or when the muscle tissue is chronically stiff and immobile. A stainless steel instrument is utilised, which has been specifically developed for this use.
This method can be used as a postural aid, to decompress painful areas, relax muscles and promote lymphatic drainage, helping with the healing of bruising.
Western Medical Acupuncture
This technique involves the gentle insertion of very fine needles into tight knots or bands in muscles. Research has proven that that this treatment is effective for relaxing tight muscles, reducing pain and reducing joint inflammation. The Cotswold Chiropractor incorporates Western Medial Acupuncture into treatment sessions and has seen results in treating pain associated with osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, headaches and migraines and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
The needles are about a quarter of a millimetre in thickness, so some patients rarely feel them. Others report a sensation of warmth, a dull ache or heaviness or a mild burning sensation. Very occasionally a patient may experience nausea or feel faint, if this occurs other techniques can be used instead of the needles.
If you are a blood donor, certificates can be provided to enable you to continue to do so.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are tight and tender areas of muscle where the muscle fibres have restricted the blood supply through the muscle, causing a build up of unwanted toxins which stimulate the pain receptors in the nerve endings, leading to pain.
Applying direct pressure with the fingers (or elbow!) releases the knot, allowing the returning blood flow to carry away the toxins.
This technique is helpful if there is a muscular imbalance which is inhibiting the maintenance of skeletal alignment. The Cotswold Chiropractor is ITEC qualified for massage and uses this technique when needed alongside chiropractic, Western Medical Acupuncture and ultrasound for a balanced approach to treatment.
Exercise and Rehabilitation
A combination of treatment and exercise is generally better than treatment or exercise alone. The Cotswold Chiropractor will advise you on the best exercises/ stretches to help your specific ailment. If necessary, you will be referred to one of the recommended exercise professionals which The Cotswold Chiropractor has established referral agreements with.