Our Techniques

Our techniques
At Hayes Chiropractic Clinic we employ a wide range of proven techniques for each individual case. Below you’ll find a brief explanation of the most common chiropractic techniques in use today.

Manipulation
The word ‘Chiropractic’ stems from the Greek ‘done by hand’, this refers to manipulation which forms the basis of many chiropractic treatments.  Manipulation consists of a variety of specialist adjustments, these are performed by hand  to free up stiffened joints, this restores movement and helps to remove irritation from the nervous system.

Trigger Point Therapy
The primary purpose of trigger point therapy is to reduce the pain that results from hypersensitive muscles. Trigger points are identified by pressing on the surface of the skin, sensing the texture of the underlying muscle. A trigger point is like a knot the size of a pea, buried deep in the muscle tissue. It is made up of lactic acid, a normal byproduct of muscular activity, which sometimes gets trapped in the muscle as a result of physical, chemical or emotional stress.  Treatment consists of specifically applied pressure and stretching.

Dry Needling
Also known as western-style acupuncture, it combines both traditional Chinese Acupuncture and modern western Trigger Point theories.

Treatment involves the insertion of fine needles to stimulate acupuncture points, this creates a small inflammatory reaction and stimulates the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.

Dry needling is often used as an additional therapy alongside manipulation as an effective treatment for chronic, longstanding conditions such as osteoarthritis, muscular pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and headaches.

Cranial Manipulation
This is a very gentle technique particularly suitable when treating infants and young children, often following birth trauma, but is suitable for all ages.

Additional therapies
Our practice employs many physical therapy methods including kinesiotaping, postural advice and exercise rehabilitation therapy. These are often essential to provide a managed recovery and help to prevent relapses.