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Chiropractic Techniques

There are hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore these subluxated (‘stuck’ or fixated) joints. This may require a quick thrust by hand, or in other instances a slow, constant pressure. Sometimes, only one area of the spine is adjusted, and other times the entire body may require attention.

Interestingly, adjusting of the joints works directly by stimulating the control centres of your spinal cord and nervous system, helping them do their job better, and enabling you to maintain your own alignment easier.Some adjusting approaches can result in a faint ‘popping’ sound, called a cavitation and do not hurt.

This sound is created by the shifting of gas and fluid within the joint, not the crunching of bones. Contrary to popular belief, the presence or loudness of the sound has little meaning, and varies with each patient.Some of the techniques our Chiropractors frequently utilise during patient treatments include:


Canberra Spine Centre Chiropractic Techniques | Chiropractor CanberraA specific thrust at the right place and the right time is delivered with a special hand arrangement called a “pisiform contact”. At Canberra Spine Centre, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.”

First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

2. SOT

Sacro-Occipital-Technique focuses on the patterns and relationship between the cranium (occiput) and the pelvis (sacrum). To obtain adjustments it utilises pelvic blocking, gentle spinal pressure, and cranial releases to restore normal neurological control and dural tension to the body systems.

Canberra Spine Centre Sacro Occipital Technique SOT | Chiropractor CanberraCanberra Spine Centre | Sacro-Occipital-Technique SOT – Chiropractor CanberraSOT considers the “tone” of your body, which is reflected in the tightness of your spinal cord.

The function of the nervous system, which is protected by the integrity of the spine, begins with the pelvis, which is constantly subjected to the pull of gravity. Effects are produced throughout your body when stability is lost.

The tension on your spinal cord and the bones of your skull impact proper control over all cells and tissue of your body. As with the strings on a guitar your spine requires flexibility to work properly, to be healthy. If it’s stretched too tight your whole body will be out of tune.

We use “blocks”, which are wedge shaped devices that are like a tuning fork for your spine, they help us to tune your nervous system. Using the weight of your body, and correctly placing these blocks, we help your body to make the corrections naturally.

New, healthier patterns of spinal function can be achieved by using gravity and your own body to effect correction. SOT is known for emphasizing patient comfort along with consistent results and safety.

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