How we treat you?

Herts Family Chiropractic always tailors the treatment to cater for each individual, and every stage of life. No person is the same (or textbook for that matter)! Care is never limited to a 'one fits all' plan’.

You will be offered a range of different treatment options which depend on your level of pain, what the problem is, best practice care guidelines and your personal preferences.

Some of the techniques used at Herts Family Chiropractic are outlined below.

Diversified Spinal Manipulation

It’s considered the most widely used technique used by Chiropractors and involves a very precise hands-on thrust aimed at restoring proper movement and alignment to the spine. The adjustment moves the joint surfaces relative to each other, creating a temporary release of joint fluid and gases. This can create a ‘popping’ sound known as a cavitation. Most patients feel an instant benefit to being adjusted.

Acupuncture (Dry Needling technique)

Dry Needling is also known as medical acupuncture. It is much like Chinese acupuncture and is used to reduce pain, muscle spasm and tension. Fine needles are inserted into trigger points within muscles and have been shown by numerous scientific studies to break down knots and tight muscles and to reduce pain and stiffness. The needles are sterile and only ever used on one person; after use they are disposed of. Because the needles used are so fine they are much less likely to damage blood vessels or nerves than needles used for injections.

Trigger Point Therapy

This is also referred to as ischemic compression or acupressure. A trigger point is a hypersensitive knot in any muscle and has the ability to cause pain or other clinical manifestations such as: muscle shortness, weakness, and reduced range of motion. Trigger points can be latent or active. An active trigger point within a muscle can cause spontaneous pain referral into a completely different area to where the muscle is. A latent trigger point is a sensitive spot with pain or discomfort but only elicited in response to compression.These trigger points are responsible for a lot of the muscular pain that people with bad backs or necks experience. Trigger point therapy involves simply applying pressure to the trigger point. It may be sore and can often result in pain that usually subsides within a minute as the muscle relaxes fully.

Sacro Occipital Technique

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a gentle, holistic, chiropractic technique developed to restore a functional relationship between the base of the spine, the sacrum, and the base of the skull, the occiput. SOT allows for comprehensive assessment and correction of the pelvis, spine, cranium and organ systems and integrates easily and seamlessly with other chiropractic techniques. Wedge shaped blocks are placed beneath the pelvis, using the weight of the body and breathing, to balance the pelvis and restore normal function to the musculoskeletal system. It is also known as a more “light,” or gentle, method of chiropractic adjusting and it can be enjoyed by the whole family. This technique is most often used when treating pregnant ladies as it has a strong focus on restoring optimal balance in the pelvis during all stages of pregnancy and labour and this benefits not just the mum but also the baby.

Activator technique

A handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a gentle controlled impulse into vertebral segments of the spine, or the extremities.The force feels like a light thumping sensation and can be used to treat everything from low back pain to certain types of headaches, like migraines. Adjustments with the device are so quick and specific that the body’s muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more gentle and effective adjustment. It is very comfortable to the patient and can be used on everyone but it’s particularly effective on children, pregnant ladies, the elderly, hypermobile and the osteoporotic patient. The activator is also used as an effective alternative to restoring motion to your spine in those patients who feel diversified spinal manipulation is not for them.

Thompson, or drop table, technique

The Thompson technique is done via a specially adapted treatment table with padded platforms designed to drop a fraction of an inch when a gentle pressure is applied to make an adjustment. The subtle dropping motion, which patients feel as vibration, makes it very comfortable for most patients. It can be used for the spine or extremities

Flexion distraction

Also called Cox Technic or decompression manipulation. This technique requires a specially designed adjusting table, which is regularly used in treatments here at Herts Family Chiropractic. Patients should expect to feel a gentle stretching motion and it is the method of choice when treating disc herniations, facet joint pain, scoliosis and other conditions.

Rehabilitation

Having gone through an acute phase of Chiropractic care to get you pain-free, specific rehabilitation exercises will be given to help balance and strengthen the supporting muscles of the spine and pelvis (and/or the extremities depending on what the problem is). The rehabilitation exercises are designed to improve your posture and make you stronger overall. This is key, not just in regaining full health and fitness again but in doing everything required to avoid pain or problems reoccurring in the future.

If you are unsure if chiropractic is the right treatment of choice or you want to discuss any of the above treatments please contact the clinic on 07947678375.