At Healing Hands we often utilise various techniques in combination to best manage your complaint, preference and body-type. All treatments are accompanied by patient-specific rehabilitation exercises, stretches and advice as required.

Chiropractic Manipulation

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other, related areas, that are not moving properly. Most often, this requires a short thrust to a joint that can result in an audible ‘pop’ and may bring relief of symptoms; some patients report an increased feeling of well-being. The ‘pop’ is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released. 

Mobilisation Techniques

Joint mobilisation involves performing a back and forth oscillation of the joint in order to restore motion and function with the aim of providing a therapeutic effect.

Western Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling

A trigger point is a tender point on a taut band of skeletal muscle which can trigger a pain or other symptom locally or at a distance.  By putting a fine acupuncture needle into the trigger point, a ‘twitch response’ is initiated which helps the electrical and chemical environment within the muscle to return to normal.  Blood and nerve stimulation is normalised, endorphin and oxytocin (feel good hormones) are released and pain is reduced.


Flexion/Distraction involves the use of a specialised table that simultaneously distracts (stretches) and flexes the spine in a gentle cyclic motion. The chiropractor applies gentle pressure to specific areas of contact that is intended to relieve pain, as well as restore motion and realign the spine.

Flexion Distraction Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of lumbar disc injuries and is clinically proven to:

  • reduce pressure inside the spinal disc
  • widen the spinal canal
  • reduce pressure on the spinal nerves
  • return motion to spinal joints

Soft Tissue Therapy (STT)

STT refers to the treatment of trigger points. A trigger point is a tender point on a taut band of skeletal muscle or other connective tissue which can trigger a pain or other symptom locally or at a distance. In addition, STT facilitates increased flexibility and mobility in muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia and can break down scar tissue caused by injury or surgery.

Our chiropractors will utilise a STT technique that best suits your body and needs, these include:

  • Active Release Technique
  • Western Medical Acupuncture
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Instrument assisted STM (STMfish)
  • Cross-Friction Massage
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Niel-Asher Technique (NAT) – Treatment of frozen shoulder (See below for more information)

Drop-piece Technique

Drop-piece technique refers to a section of the table or a portable drop-piece that can be adjusted to various resistances and raised up a short distance. This allows the chiropractor to apply a specific technique of joint manipulation whilst the patient is kept in a neutral plane, at the same time the table or portable section drops. Typically no audible ‘pop’ is heard.

Mechanical Blocking

The use of wedge-shaped blocks to correct pelvic, sacral and lumbar alignment and balance. The blocks are placed under the pelvis and you will be left to relax into the new position for a set period of time. Often soft-tissue and traction techniques are applied during this time.


The activator is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small impulse to the spine.  The aim is to produce enough force to move the vertebrae but not enough to cause injury.

Niel-Asher Technique (NAT). Treatment for frozen shoulder

The Niel-Asher Technique™ is a ‘natural’ method of treatment that utilizes the body’s own healing mechanisms. No drugs, no surgery.  

The technique uses a specific and unique sequence of manipulations and pressure points to the shoulder joints and soft-tissues. In essence, these can be thought of as ‘inputs’ into the nervous system.

The technique has been in use since 1997 and has been adopted and approved by Doctors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, and Chiropractors in the UK, Europe, and the United States. – See more at:

The NAT treatment is “hands-on”. It involves using a sequenced series of pressure points and stretching maneuvers. Some of it can be painful while other parts are soothing. This is for a reason – the tissues of the body have many types of receptors embedded within them. Some respond to deep touch, others to superficial touch, some to pain, others to hot or cold.