Arif Co-Hosts The Spring BCA Conference …

In March, Arif co-hosted the British Chiropractic Association’s (BCA) Spring Conference. The focus of the conference was ‘Beyond The Spine’.

These conferences offer chiropractors an opportunity to continue their professional development and also to meet up with other chiropractors. Both Arif and Paz took the opportunity to do both:)

There was an array of fabulous speakers from the UK and internationally. They presented more evidence and research supporting chiropractic care, chiropractic techniques, methods of effective communication, future education in the UK and much more.

Arif spent time with the current and past presidents of the BCA with whom he continues to work with as a council member.

The conference is a great place to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Here is Paz catching up with our friend, Leigh Hurley from the Spine Fine Chiropractic Clinic. Also in the photo is a new friend, Lewis, who is a 1st year chiropractic student. Lewis, like other students, is just starting his journey to eventually helping and serving patients.




Chiropractic Techniques Revealed!

Chiropractic treatment at cliffs chiropractor southend on seaEver wondered exactly how those chiropractic techniques help to alleviate your aches and pains? If you’ve received regular chiropractic treatment, you’ll probably know that each technique offers specific benefits. This may be to reduce pain, increase spinal mobility and improve overall range of motion.

But have thought about how chiropractic techniques help to make you feel so much better?

Here our Southend chiropractor lifts the lid on some of common techniques and how they work:

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is the term used to describe the overall process of spinal adjustments. In simple terms, it involves ‘retraining’ the spine and the surrounding muscles to restore a healthier state of functionality.

Extremity Manipulation

This technique can be used to help joints outside of the spine. However it can also be beneficial to the spine itself, as the better the mobility of the external joints, the less stress there is on the spinal column.

Thompson Drop

The Thompson Drop is an adjustment technique that involves assessing the length of a patient’s legs and evaluating how this correlates to the pelvis and the spine. To perform this technique, a chiropractor will use a “drop table” and often carry out multiple thrusts.

A gentle thrust is applied to a joint which sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue. Gentle on the joints and discs, this technique is an effective way to achieve a deep adjustment and is a great technique for performing a full manipulation of the spine.

The Gonstead Technique

Possibly the most recognised form of manipulation; this method is used to treat a variety of conditions. Typically used to address spinal misalignments and fixations, a chiropractor will apply varying levels of pressure to meet the individual needs of the patient.

The Activator

This common technique involves using a hand-held instrument to try to correct spinal misalignments. The method also involves assessing the legs and evaluating how this may affect the hips and the rest of the spine. Children and patients with chronic pain conditions tend to favour this extremely gentle technique.

So now you know the basics of some of the most widely used chiropractic techniques. You see, there’s a lot more to chiropractic care than just “snap, crackle and pop”!