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Our Chiropractic Techniques

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference.  The approach we use is based on our clinical judgement and years of experience.   We use various systems of  analysis and then add layers of other techniques (as below) to suit each individual case.  Whilst many respond well to the gentler, more subtle techniques, some respond better to those more physical.  We tailor our approach to you.

Chiropractic Techniques

In this video Dr Heidi Haavik has a look at the techniques chiropractors use together with some research about them.

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Think of an adjustment as “tuning” a piano, adjusting each string so it produces the perfect tone.

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:


Amazingly, a simple touch along your spine as you inhale and exhale, prompts your body to embrace a more peaceful, resourceful state.  read more»


After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints. read more»

Activator Methods®

This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust. read more»


Sacro Occipital Technique helps normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head, using gravity to make the necessary correction. read more»


Craniopathy is a specialist field in Chiropractic which deals with the micro motion of the cranial vault (skull), its distortions and ultimately the effect it has on normal cerebro-spinal fluid flow and the nervous system. Some osteopaths also work in this area and call their technique ‘cranial osteopathy’. The science has been developed through study, research and clinical application over the last 70 years by Dr. M.B. DeJarnette (founder and developer of SOT) and later Mark Pick (SOT chiropractor).

AK Applied Kinesiology

Testing the strength of specific muscles of your body helps us find structural, chemical and mental problems and monitor your results. read more»


Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine. read more»

Trigger Point

By applying direct pressure or stretching of the affected muscle, we can reduce muscle spasms and flush out pooled blood and accumulated toxins. read more»

Myofascial Release

We’ll find tender areas where muscles and connective tissue are producing pain and restricted movement and gently release it. read more»


While many health problems can be traced to the spine, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees other joints of the body can be helped. read more»

TMJ techniques

Disorders of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles that move it can be responsible or contribute to an array of symptoms ranging from facial pain, tingling, clicking, headaches, tinnitus and dizziness.  Gentle cranial and specific TMJ techniques can in many cases help manage these conditions (we have testimonials for these cases available on request).

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, please let us know.  We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.

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