Dr Roset uses a variety of treatment methods, including:
Dr Roset may refer you for full-spine x-rays, thoroughly analyse them and use these results, in addition to motion palpation findings during the physical examination to adjust misalignments. Both manual adjusting and drop techniques are used.
Manual adjustments involve high-speed and low-force thrusts applied at specific spinal joints in order to restore range of motion and reduce restriction. These thrusts may produce a "cracking" sound, and this is merely gas bubbles popping in the joint and is nothing to be concerned about. Aligning the spine also allows the nervous system to flow freely, allowing proper function of the body.
Drop techniques include a thrust applied on the chiropractic table with specific sections lifted. When the thrust is applied, that section of the table "drops", resulting in a specific adjustment of the joint. Dr Roset usually uses drop techniques on the low back, pelvis and hips, but it can also be used on any restricted joint to improve motion.
Joint mobilisation is a non-thrust technique involving passive therapeutic movement of the restricted joints without exceeding the joints' motion limit (gentle spring-type pressures). Mobilisation does not usually result in the "cracking" sound, but ultimately works to improve joint motion. Mobilisation can be used for all joints, so if you feel uncomfortable with the "cracking" sound, this technique may be an alternative for you.
The Activator is an instrument used to produce a very specific and controlled gentle force to spinal joints and rarely results in the "cracking" sound. The strength of the force can be adjusted to suit any patient, but Dr Roset often uses the Activator when treating babies and young children due to its gentleness and consistency.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
During the physical examination, Dr Roset will assess your muscles for any trigger points or tender "knots" which may be causing various symptoms. For example, a trigger point in your neck could be causing your headaches. Trigger point therapy involves pressure on these "knots" while deeply massaging the muscle. This helps to restore the muscle function and improve symptoms associated with the trigger points. Dr Roset will always work on tight muscles in addition to restricted joints in order to provide you with a more effective and beneficial treatment.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPIES
Similar to trigger points, Dr Roset will assess your soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues for any dysfunction, and will use therapeutic techniques to restore proper tone and function to these soft tissues, and reduce muscle spasms and tightness. Such techniques include massage and specific stretching techniques. All patients benefit from soft tissue therapy as it helps to reduce pain and discomfort, and also improves range of motion and proper function.
Especially in cases of disc protrusions and nerve compression, gentle manual traction of the spinal joints may be done (sometimes with the assistance of wedges - hard foam tools) with gentle mobilisation. This helps to reduce pressure on discs and nerves, and thus helps to reduce pain and also muscle spasms.
EXERCISES AND STRETCHES
In order to strengthen the spine and muscles, and maintain proper spinal alignment, specific exercises and stretches will be prescribed. These will be practical, specific to you, and will work to help you when at home/work etc.