Chiropractic

chiropractic david ackermanAs a trained chiropractor I use a range of manual treatments. Spinal manipulation is only one such treatment. In addition, I use specific spinal mobilisations, stretches and massage in order to restore neuromusculoskeletal function in the body. These are all utilised after proper diagnosis and evaluation of spinal function in order to correct the underlying cause of the spinal problems as well as relieve the presenting symptoms.

Extensive analysis of the prevailing research into spinal dysfunction suggests that it is not only a lack of mobility or movement of specific areas of the spine which leads to spinal pain and dysfunction however also a lack of coordinated neurological spinal control at the level of the brain. The chiropractic adjustment has been shown to improve this neurological control.

Massage

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Massage and soft tissue release techniques are integrated into the chiropractic treatment as an adjunct in order to support the function of the spine, improve range of movement and address symptoms. The therapeutic massage targets the specific muscles and tissues to support these patient outcomes.

Craniosacral Balancing

craniosacral balancing by david ackermanCraniosacral Balancing (CSB) is a gentle hands-on/manual therapy which seeks to release tension in the fluid membrane system around the brain and spine (the cerebrospinal fluid and meninges). The principle of CSB is that by releasing tension at the core of the body (skull and spine) there is a restoration of neurological function and relief of symptoms.

CSB is typically deeply relaxing and some research suggests it may help in neck pain, headaches, migraines, sleep.

References

Haller, H., Lauche, R., Sundberg, T. et al. Craniosacral therapy for chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 21, 1 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-019-3017-y

Haller, Heidemarie et al. “Craniosacral Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Sham-controlled Trial.” The Clinical journal of pain vol. 32,5 (2016): 441-9. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000290

NeuroEmotional Technique (NET)

neuro emotional technique by david ackermanNeuroEmotional Technique is a valuable therapeutic tool that helps the practitioner find unresolved trauma and stored patterns of stress that can interrupt the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Once identified, NET assists the body to resolve or integrate the stress through a simple corrective process.

So, NET is a mind-body approach to help stress-related conditions. Although dealing with stress is typically associated with psychotherapy and counselling which involve talking about problems, which certainly can be helpful, NET specifically works with the ‘physiology’ of emotional stress/responses.

Contemporary neuroscience has demonstrated that our emotions and stress responses are predominantly related to a physiological response in our bodies. Of particular note is the work of Dr. Candace Pert, PhD, who demonstrated that neuropeptides form the molecular basis of emotion.

Therefore, through NET we focus the healing on restoring the healthy physiology or body function to reduce the stress, symptoms and restore well-being.

NeuroCranial Restructuring (NCR)

neurocranial restructuring by david ackermanNeuroCranial Restructuring is a powerful Endonasal Cranial Therapy shared over 4 treatments. Endonasal Cranial Therapy means that we use a small balloon which is inserted in the nose to release the skull bones from the inside. Although this may seem extreme, endonasal balloon adjustments have been used since the 1940s.

The treatment takes place as follows:-

  • Photos are taken before and after the 4 sessions to demonstrate actual changes to face, spine, and body.
  • Firm massage is then used to bring greater balance and symmetry to the body through specifically targeting the connective tissue of the body.
  • External cranial manipulation then applies pressure to the skull to bring further balance to the head as well as to release tension in the skull bones. Specific areas of the skull are also targeted to make the treatment more effective based on my extensive experience with Craniosacral Balancing. For example, TMJ / Jaw, Palate, Nose, Upper Neck, etc.
  • Stability Testing – the body’s stability is then tested under gravity by pushing on key areas of the body to determine where is stable and unstable. This effectively maps the body’s stability or proprioceptive function to be corrected through the cranial balloon adjustment.
  • The body is placed in the position as indicated by the stability testing. That is, effectively stabilising the unstable areas of the body. For example, lying on the back the blocks or wedges are placed under the pelvis, the legs are bent or straight, the head is forward or backward, and rotated left or right as indicated through the stability testing.

NeuroCranial Restructuring

  • Balloon adjustment: the stability testing also indicates which passage of the nostrils the balloon is to adjust (There are 3 passages on each side of the nostrils – the lower, middle and upper).

What does this feel like? The balloon going into the nostril feels like water going up the nose. There is then a short pressure in the nostril as the balloon inflates and pops through into the back of the mouth. This pressure is very quick – typically 1 to 2 seconds. The balloon is then deflated and removed through the nose.

  • Stability of the body is then retested and is typically strong after adjusting one side. Occasionally we have to adjust the other side.

Typical benefits of NCR include greater facial and body symmetry and alignment as well as breathing easier through the nostrils. Also, through NCR, people have reported benefits from headaches, migraines, jaw pain and problems, sleep apnoea, and chronic sinusitis (#).

# These benefits are anecdotal from clinical practice and no high-level research has been conducted to verify these benefits.