With over 14 years experience as a chiropractor, Shane has used many different techniques and been to many practical seminars over this time. Shane’s philosophy is to have ‘many tools in his toolbox’, so that he can choose a technique that will suit you the best.
Chiropractic techniques usually fall into a few different categories:
- Traditional manual adjustment. Using a very specific contact on the spine, we apply a high-velocity thrust into a misaligned or fixated vertebrae in order to free it up. This often results in a cracking or popping noise as gas is released within the joint.
- Drop table adjustments. Using a specialised chiropractic table, the spine is adjusted with the help of a dropping mechanism. This helps to free up the fixated spine, while keeping the body in a very neutral position. Rarely does this cause the joint to ‘pop’.
- Low Force adjustments. Using an adjusting tool such as an ‘activator’, we can deliver a very specific and gentle adjustment to the spine. Ideal for children, the elderly or people who don’t like to be ‘cracked’, the activator adjustment is often described by people as the ‘little clicking gun’. Another low force technique is the use of ‘blocks’ or wedges that are used to help gently balance the pelvis and sacroiliac joints with the help of gravity as you lay flat on the table.
- Soft tissue therapy. Like a deep tissue massage, this is designed to break up any deep knots or myofascial trigger points within the muscles. These trigger points are a well recognized source of pain and discomfort and are a major cause of headaches and sciatic pain.
- Extremity adjustments. Chiropractors are trained to also detect and manage any problems in other areas of the body, such as shoulders, elbows, knees, hips etc.
Shane will usually use a variety of these techniques to get the best results. The choice of technique usually is a mixture of patient preference, clinical experience, body type and any previous surgery or trauma to an area.