Let’s begin by firstly clarifying that chiropractic is not a treatment in and of itself. Chiropractic is a profession within the manual medicine or manual therapies umbrella. Chiropractic utilises manual therapies for musculoskeletal complaints and conditions. A list of these conditions can be found here.
Traditionally, chiropractic treatment sessions involve spinal manipulative therapy, which has been shown to reduce pain and muscle spasm 1-4. With this use of CBP® corrective care, Spriggs Chiropractic utilises both spinal manipulative therapy, Mirror Image® adjustments, which are focused on your posture.
When your care commences, the first stage of the plan will involve chiropractic adjustments to your spine to help increase the movement of the joint and reduce any muscle spasm. This starts your healing process off in the right direction by restoring your pain free movement and giving you your life back. Once your body is ready and your symptoms have subsided, then we start your body’s rehabilitation. Within the clinic at Spriggs Chiropractic, we are capable of providing functional and structural rehabilitation to your spine and nervous system with a range of different facilities.
Spinal manipulative therapy has also been found to increase stimulation to the central nervous system, joint position sense, reduce the risk of falls in the elderly, increase lower limb muscle strength and increase reflex excitability 5-12. All of which are crucial for athletes and sportsmen and women to perform at their absolute best.
In some situations, spinal manipulation can be performed using instruments such as an activator or an Arthrostim™. These instruments are used to mobilise the spine and the small joints of the body. These tools are also utilised at times when spinal manipulation may not be appropriate or contraindicated, for example, with children, the elderly or following traumatic injuries which may lead to the spine becoming hypermobile or unstable. Patients with hypermobility syndromes, such as EDS may also find that spinal manipulation is not appropriate so having the means to help is crucial. Your safety and health are our top priorities; therefore any decisions on the treatment types recommended will be discussed with you prior to any procedures being performed. The most appropriate treatment techniques for you and your needs are made based upon your examination and x-ray findings as well as your own health goals.
Our main focus here at Spriggs Chiropractic is exercise rehabilitation, so spinal manipulative therapy is one small aspect of what we do. We have a wide range of other methods to help patients with exercises for postural, functional, and neurological rehabilitation. We pride ourselves on not being your traditional chiropractic clinic, with a space that also not your typical chiropractic clinic. You can find our more on our Spinal Rehabilitation page.