Our Tools of the Trade Demystified
Motorised Flexion Distraction Therapy (or M-FDT for those in the know)
M-FDT is a doctor controlled traction technique able to be applied to a specific level of the spine, therefore avoiding stress to unstable parts of the spine.
It consists of a uniquely designed motorised therapeutic table with two movable sections connected to one another by a pivot. By placing a particular spinal joint (disc or facet articulation) over the pivot opening, the M-FDT table is able to apply specific distraction to that joint in a controlled fashion, termed continuous passive motion. Each treatment ranges from 5-10 minutes and serves to stimulate and accelerate healing of the damaged tissues, gently relieving spinal pain.
Diversified Chiropractic Technique
Diversified technique encompasses a variety of different adjustments to address the bio-mechanical dysfunction (or joint injury) in each section of the spine. It is characterised by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust which is safe, painless and effective. In this type of adjustment it is common to hear or feel a gentle popping sensation which is in fact gas being released from the joint (similar to cracking your knuckles).
Activator Device Adjusting
The Activator is an instrument which can be used by chiropractors to adjust areas of injury or joint dysfunction, without using the slightly more forceful manual manipulations to the spine. The device can be used on anyone’s spine, from newborn to the geriatric, and is very safe, gentle, and effective.
The Activator is a device that was specifically created to deliver gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments to the joints of the spine and extremities to relieve pain and restore function. Device adjusting cab be 100 times faster than manual chiropractic adjustments. With the instrument, the adjustment is delivered so fast that the body is not able to utilise its reflex protective muscle contraction, and hence minimal force is required.
Muscle Release & Trigger Point Release Technique – Myofascial Release and stretching
Muscle release and trigger point release are techniques that are aimed at reducing muscular and fascial tension throughout the body. By performing a series of stretches and relaxation, or sustained compression of a muscle fibre, your chiropractor can obtain increases in muscle length, increased range of motion and decreased pain in a gentle, safe and effective manner.
Myofascial Dry Needling
Myofascial dry needling involves using acupuncture needles inserted into specific points in the muscle to induce muscular relaxation. This is a very simple and effective way to reduce pain levels by deactivating trigger points. It may also known as “Western Acupuncture”.
Postural Retraining and rehabilitation
To assist in sustaining the changes of the adjustments, we utilise best and current evidence to enable and empower our patients to try achieve more lasting results. Improving workstation ergonomics and posture around repetitive tasks, will assist the patient to achieve much longer term and more lasting results. We teach strengthening exercises to aid the body in holding on to positive treatment results, and we teach better movement patterns to assist in helping to avoid re injury.