EXAMINATIONS & TREATMENT PROTOCOLS
Chiropractic care at Better Health involves a comprehensive initial consultation and individualised schedules of care. Our chiropractic sessions have an emphasis on manual chiropractic adjustments yet they also include soft-tissue techniques, physical rehabilitation programs and specific patient education. We take a holistic approach to your care and include lifestyle guidance and injury prevention strategies where possible. The treatment protocols listed here are not an exhaustive list of what we utilise in practice, but a sample of the tools we use to help our patients get back to being pain free and working towards preventative health and well-being.
The Chiropractic adjustment is what separates Chiropractic care from a multitude of other manual therapy options available. It is often what is sought after most when a patient decides to investigate Chiropractic care. The Chiropractic adjustment is well known to decrease pain, increase range of motion and decrease muscle spasm locally. New research is now showing that the Chiropractic adjustment, via its role in normalising joint motion and alignment, has further reaching effects on the global function of the entire brain and nervous system.
Health care at it’s core is precisely that, the management of your health whilst you are healthy. We believe that there is no better time to start looking after your health than from day one. From the moment of conception the growth and development of a baby is one of the most amazing processes we will ever witness. Our goal is to give parents a strong understanding of motor development, co-ordination, balance, posture and why these are so important for overall brain development and health. Chiropractic care for children is gentle and often effective, especially when used in conjunction with home advice to enhance your child’s development through his or her own natural movements. We take a holistic approach to children’s health, including working closely with the Naturopathy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry departments as well as external health care provides.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive and non-surgical solution to chronic pain syndromes. Acoustic or sound waves are transferred to the body as kinetic energy to assist in healing and repair of injured tissues. Shockwave therapy offers fast and lasting pain relief and increases the mobility of treated tissues. Shockwave is known to be beneficial for a range of conditions, including jumper’s knee, painful shoulder, tennis elbow, heel spur, insertional tendinopathy and pain, chronic tendinopathy and pain, medial tibial stress syndrome, calcification’s, plantar fasciitis and hip pain.
Prescription exercises are an integral part of our structured plans of care. These are designed to improve areas of your strength, endurance, co-ordination, balance and posture. We developing indivicualised programs for rehabilitation depending on your concern of area of weakness. These may encompass neurological or brain based exercises through to dynamic neuromuscular stabilisation (DNS) and retraining of movement patterns or cardiovascular and strength training programs. We have found from years of experience, that the more you understand your condition, the better able you are to take control in self management. This will lead to a better long term prognosis and reduce your risk of re-injury.
Electromyography (EMG) uses surface electrodes to measure electrical muscle activity beneath the skin.This technology is useful both diagnostically and in injury rehabilitation. To protect your joints, your muscles need to be finely coordinated to switch on and off at exactly the right time with exactly the right amount of force. EMG allows us to measure imbalances between muscle groups by showing: timing differences in muscle activation, rate of muscle fatigue and individual and comparative muscle strength. EMG allows us to pin point which muscle, and at what particular part of the contraction, weakness and imbalance occur. By using EMG as a biofeedback tool you, as the patient, can have instantaneous feedback and correction in real time. This makes EMG an effective injury rehabilitation and re-training tool.
Sympathetic Dominance Protocol
Due to the stressful demands of the lifestyles we commonly lead, our body responds not just on a physical level but also chemically and hormonally. This is a natural response as part of our sympathetic nervous system and is often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ response. This system should only be switched on for short bursts of time to get us through a stressful event, before our body then switches back over to the parasympathetic nervous system or the ‘rest and digest’ system.
Sympathetic Dominance is the chronic over-activity of the ‘fight or flight’ response as the sympathetic nervous system has dominance over the parasympathetic. This can lead to musculoskeletal imbalances, suppression of immune, digestive and reproductive system functions and a decrease in the general reparative abilities of the body. So if you have food intolerance’s, regular headaches, migraines, sensitivity to light and noise &/or a range of seemingly unrelated but altogether frustrating health issues, then this may be the answer for you.
Respiratory Capnography provides a scientific method for measuring breathing behaviour. It allows us to measure breathing rate, rhythm and carbon dioxide levels. This information is used as a feedback tool to help retrain faulty breathing habits. Breathing behaviour is particularly affected by emotional health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression. Respiratory capnography has also been used with great success in the treatment of other conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, migraine, chronic fatigue and sleep related disorders such as apnoea and snoring.