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At the initial visit to the clinic, you can expect a thorough consultation and examination, to find the underlying causes of your symptoms.  You will be asked to complete a Case History form, detailing your current and past health history, to include the events leading to your current symptoms.  You will remain fully clothed throughout, with the exception of removing your shoes.  After the examination has been completed, you will receive a verbal report of your examination findings.  If there is no suggestion of any serious pathology, then you will receive your first chiropractic adjustments.  Afterwards, you will be given an exercise programme that will be specifically suited to you.

The Family Chiropractic clinic can offer you a new and extraordinary treatment, to help you become pain free again.  I combine my knowledge of ‘clinical neurology’ with a relatively gentle treatment protocol that I have developed, to enable me to treat many difficult and chronic ailments.  Please do not expect to be 'cracked' or 'popped', as many traditional chiropractors practice.

My objective in the examination and treatment is to identify and correct muscle imbalances that have a detrimental affect upon the joints of your body.  Signs from the examination and from the information supplied to me during the consultation, I will be able to form a ‘picture’ of what is likely to be causing your pains.  Muscle imbalances may cause joint pain, muscle pain, trapped nerves but may also cause stiffness, fatigue and abnormal spinal curves.
Your primary muscle imbalance is not caused by working long hours at a computer or heavy lifting, but these activities may exacerbate the imbalance and produce symptoms.  The ‘tone’ of your muscle is regulated by specific regions of the brain stem.  When our muscles are in a state of ‘balance’, the body will easily maintain a stress-free upright posture.  When muscle groups become ‘imbalanced’, then abnormal posture and subsequent pain occurs.

The Examination
When you lay down on the treatment table, I will put a pair of flat-soled shoes on you.  These shoes allow me to compare your leg lengths.  In the relaxed lying position, your legs will be the same length.  However, one leg will become shorter (approx one half inch), whenever you contract a tight (hypertonic) muscle that results in further joint displacement.  The reflex muscle contractions act like a concertina, the joints of the ankle, knee and hip become more compressed.   

We all have a brainstem imbalance, which is a consequence of our genetics.  Certain nuclei within the brainstem regulate specific muscles in our body.  Our posture is reflective of our brainstem function.  If you are one of the many people who suffer from car sickness or have a dis-like of spinning, then this is a strong indicator that your vestibular nuclei (brainstem nuclei) are imbalanced, which specifically regulate the tone of spinal muscles.  The treatment is designed to reduce the muscular imbalances and ultimately to reduce your symptoms.  


I use a hand-held instrument, which is pressed into a tight muscles and ‘fired’.  This mechanical spring-loaded impulse, quickly stretches  receptors in the muscle called ‘golgi tendon organs’.  When these receptors are quickly stretched, there is a neurological reflex that results in relaxation of the muscle.   Alternatively, deep pressure vibration into the same receptors for a few seconds, will have a similar affect. 

In order to increase the tone of a flaccid muscle, ultrasonic vibration is used to stimulate the spindle cells, found within the belly of the muscle.  Stimulation here will increase the feed-back to the under-active regions of the brainstem.  Once I have tested and treated your muscular imbalance, gentle adjustments to your pelvic / sacral complex can be made (if appropriate), which are often displaced by the muscle imbalance.   Regular gentle stretches of your hypertonic muscles, will help to re-establish muscle balance.


The Treatment

The treatment programme is designed to restore 'balance' to the tone of your muscles and joint position.  This will improve the function of your body and return you to good health. This is not just a quick fix, but a long-term solution to your aches and pains.  The adjustments made to your body, will be specific to your particular ailment and needs.  A home exercise programme will also help stabilise your condition.  Patients who attend the clinic are often pleasantly surprised that the adjustments are gentle 'low force' corrections, to include:


Activator Technique:
The Activator technique consists of using a hand held instrument called an Activator, that delivers a precise controlled impulse force into a misaligned joint and to provide a stimulus to help restore muscle balance. 

Sacro-Occipital Technique:

The SOT technique consists of lying on specially designed wedge shaped blocks that are placed under your pelvis and hips, that will position your pelvis and sacrum, to its natural alignment.

Thompson Technique:

The spine and pelvic adjustments are assisted by the use of a 'drop table' which requires less force, and makes the adjustment more comfortable, to align the pelvis, sacrum and lumbar spine.

Vibration stimulation:

Either deep vibration is used to help relax the over-active muscles or ultrasonic vibration is used to stimulate the under-active muscles.  These will provided a stimulus to the muscle receptors to help restore muscle tone imbalances.


Please phone 0161 482 0786, to make an appointment or to make further inquiries.


The Family Chiropractic Clinic, 15 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.  SK8 5AF.

Chiropractor serving the people of Cheadle, Stockport, Manchester, Trafford and Tameside.