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Chiropractic manipulation is an extremely fast and effective means of restoring joint function, it is safe and pain free. Whereas massage is used for tight muscles, think of chiropractic as treatment for tight joints. With all the forces we sustain throughout life, our joints steadily become more and more restricted in their range of motion. Prolonged slouching at your desk, rapid changes in direction during sport, monotonous tasks in manual labour jobs, and even gravity bearing down on your body, are all examples of forces we subject ourselves to regularly. These repetitive forces accumulate over time and ultimately lead to joint degeneration, otherwise known as arthritis.
Delivering a manipulative force (otherwise known as an adjustment) to a restricted joint is done so to restore proper motion. Concurrently, in delivering this controlled force, there is profound stimulation of the nerves surrounding the joint that is communicated to the brain thus reinforcing the increased range of motion now present at the previously restricted joint. Most people can relate to feeling “stiff and sore”, and appreciate how a massage might be relaxing and make them feel “looser”. Oftentimes however, the “tightness” that people feel comes from a deeper point in the body, the joints. Joints become restricted when subjected to large and/or repetitive forces. If joints remain restricted of their full range of motion, the body will have reduced access to power and flexibility and ultimately become arthritic.
Unfortunately, we are all subject to the aging process, and we experience degrees of wear and tear within our bodies as we grow older. Taking advantage of chiropractic care however, may prevent premature degeneration of your joints and see you maximising their lifespan.
In addition to treating commonplace injuries from accidents and daily activities, the massage therapists at CBCM specialise in helping athletes with specific injuries incurred through sport or other high impact, high speed activities. It is also highly beneficial to those people subject to the postural stresses and repetitive strains involved during office work.
Dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point. A trigger point consists of multiple contractions within a muscle belly forming a knot. They are often tender and feel painful when pressed or squeezed. These trigger points are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Conditions which respond to dry needling include headaches, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, golfer’s elbow, leg pain, hamstring strain, shin splints, muscle spasms, hip pain, knee pain etc.
The exact mechanism to how dry needling works is not known but there are mechanical and neurological effects. Some studies have suggested that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes which assist in reducing pain.
Significantly different from traditional soft-tissue massage, this technique involves the use of small vacuum cups on the restricted, painful areas to “grab” the tissue, pull it away, and release it for a more permanent solution to pain. We use active movements to restore mobility in the right planes of movement so that your body learns how to move more efficiently once the tissue is released. Myofascial Cupping is a novel approach to musculoskeletal treatment, utilising negative pressure tools and western medicine-based movement paradigms and algorithms. This technique is highly effective for orthopaedics, sports medicine, contractures, post-op recovery, postural syndromes, neurological re-education, and scar mobilisation.
At CBCM, we use the Multiradiance Laser – the most advanced “low level laser therapy” (LLLT) product available in the market today. Laser Therapy is a light therapy whereby laser or LED lights are passed over the affected area. Laser therapy works by restoring the proper functioning of soft tissue at the cellular level. It increases tissue repair, and reduces pain and inflammation. It is non-invasive, only needing skin contact to function. It targets the affected cells as they more readily absorb the rays transmitted by the laser. Once these photons are inside the affected cell it stimulates repair by creating a biological movement directed at the function of the mitochondria (powerhouse of the cell). While it has a long-term effect on the cells at a biological level, it has a short-term pain reducing function. The laser disturbs the pain-receptors in the area giving an analgesic effect. Laser therapy can be used on soft tissue, tendons, joints, and superficial wounds.
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