Techniques

Dr Graeme Ritchie is proficient in an array of different techniques ranging from manipulative techniques to low force techniques. Manipulative techniques often referred to as a manual chiropractic adjustment, involve a highly accurate, high velocity low amplitude force in a specific direction to correct the motion within a joint. In using this technique speed is used rather than force to achieve the desired result. Low force techniques include instrument adjusting, SOT pelvic blocking and mobilisation techniques. Our patients range from new born babies up to people in their nineties. Using a range off different techniques enables Dr Ritchie to adapt the treatment to suit individual patient needs.

For more information on chiropractic and the chiropractic adjustment follow the link to our FAQs page.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Dry needling refers to the practice of using acupuncture needles or a laser to stimulate taught bands within muscle or areas of muscle spasm, causing them to relax.  This practice has many uses but one of the reasons it can be such a useful technique in practice is that once the muscle spasm is reduced it is easier to apply an accurate, effective adjustment to the spine or extremity joint you are working on.

Acupuncture on the other hand has a much broader scope.  It is a practice that dates back thousands of years in Asia and is increasing becoming more widely available in western medicine both by acupuncturists and other healthcare practitioners including chiropractors, orthopaedic consultants, rheumatology consultants and general practitioners.  It is most commonly known in western medicine for its ability to help musculoskeletal conditions, for example:

  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Headaches and Migraine
  • Temporal mandibular (jaw) pain

It has many other uses however and is used in neurological problems (e.g. neuralgia, sciatica, nerve entrapment, etc.), digestive disturbances (irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss, etc.), fluid retention or lymphatic problems and addiction (e.g. alcohol dependency and smoking) to name only a few.  For a full list of conditions that acupuncture has been proven effective for from the World Health Organisation, please follow the link.  http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-research/our-research-approach.html

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes. The technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 21,000 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 2,400 outpatient facilities and 66 industrial sites, by more than 360 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at more than 50 respected colleges and universities.

For the clinician:
• Provides improved diagnostic treatment
• Detects major and minor fibrotic changes
• Reduces manual stress; provides hand and joint conservation
• Increases patient satisfaction by achieving notably better outcomes

For the patient:
• Decreases overall time of treatment
• Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
• Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
• Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

For more information on Graston Technique please follow the link:

http://www.grastontechnique.com

Graston Technique Instruments

Six stainless steel instruments form the cornerstone of Graston Technique. The curvilinear edge of the patented Graston Technique® Instruments combines with their concave/convex shapes to mold the instruments to various contours of the body. This design allows for ease of treatment, minimal stress to the clinician’s hands and maximum tissue penetration.

The Graston Technique® Instruments, much like a tuning fork, resonate in the clinician’s hands allowing the clinician to isolate adhesions and restrictions, and treat them very precisely. Since the metal surface of the instruments does not compress as do the fat pads of the finger, deeper restrictions can be accessed and treated. When explaining the properties of the instruments, we often use the analogy of a stethoscope. Just as a stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, so do the instruments increase significantly what the human hands can feel.

Clinical Applications of the GT Instruments

The Graston Technique® (GT) Instruments, while enhancing the clinician’s ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)
  • Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Trigger Finger

Chiropractic Techniques During Pregnancy

The Webster Technique

Pregnancy is a time of amazing changes in a woman’s body as her uterus expands to care for her growing baby. When pregnant, the mother must adapt and compensate for these many postural and hormonal changes. Gentle, prenatal chiropractic care helps to remove some of the stresses of pregnancy, balance the mother’s pelvis and spine, and allow for an easier birthing process. When the mother’s body is in balance, her growing child can develop in a healthier environment.
Did you know that it has been reported that women who receive pre-natal chiropractic care can have a 50% shorter labor? What a great side effect!! When was the last time you heard something good about a side effect? In chiropractic, we hear about good side effects every day. Also, reports show that the need for medical intervention during labor greatly decreases in women who have pre-natal chiropractic care. For women who are carrying a breech baby (that’s when the baby’s feet or rear end are facing down) or transverse baby (that’s when the baby is lying on its side), chiropractic care can help them to avoid an invasive cesarean section.

What is the Webster Technique?

The Webster Technique helps to correct sacral misalignment and balance pelvic muscles and ligaments, which in turn removes torsion to the woman’s uterus, its resulting constraint to the baby, and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.

Pregnant moms with babies in the breech position visit chiropractors for this safe and gentle technique. The Webster Technique increases the space around the uterus giving the baby the room it needs to turn. Even expecting moms that are progressing well in their pregnancy can benefit from the Webster Technique because it helps to bring mom to optimal health as well as optimize the health and space for baby!

How does it work and how effective is it?

The chiropractor will give an adjustment and ligament massage to the pregnant mother. This process relieves muscle tension and bony misalignments in the mother’s pelvis that may be stopping the baby from turning “head down” or having as much room as possible to move during delivery. The technique is used to relieve the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint that may lead to cesarean section delivery. Unlike an external cephalic version (ECV) performed by an obstetrician under strong medications, the Webster Technique is natural, uses no drugs, and is gentle to the mother and child. Most importantly, the technique facilitates the correct environment to allow the birth process to proceed as nature intended.
Research has repeatedly found that moms who use the Webster Technique have an 85% success rate of allowing a breech baby to turn compared to the 35% success rate with an ECV. Some moms only need one adjustment before their baby turns head down!

Other Chiropractic Services

Vitamin D Blood Spot Test

This is a simple blood test much like taking your own blood sugar. The end of the finger is pricked and four drops of blood are placed on a card, which is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis. The result is then emailed back to the clinic usually within about one week of sending the sample and the result of the test then allows a more accurate vitamin D dosage to be given, which is specific to the patients needs.