Our Techniques

At Blackburn Family Chiropractic we use a number of highly effective adjusting techniques to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nerve interference.
Dr. Nassim Varghayee will customize her approach for each patient based on their individual needs and her years of experience.

Here is the list of the primary adjusting techniques she uses and a brief description on each.

Applied Kinesiology
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis.

The doctor using AK finds a muscle that is unbalanced and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The doctor works out the treatment that will best balance the patient's muscles.

Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management and evaluating environmental irritants.
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Sacro-Occipital Technique
SOT deals with the relationship between the function and structure of the nervous system, the skeletal system, and the circulation of the cerebro-spinal fluid.
SOT employs the use of wedge shaped levers or blocks to allow the body to seek its correct alignment and balance.

Once the SOT wedge shaped blocks are placed under your pelvis (either with you lying on your front or your back) you will be left to relax into the new position for a number of minutes.
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Activator Methods
A series of diagnostic provocative manoeuvres and leg checks are used to identify the location of subluxation: the therapeutic goal is to restore proper body mechanics through the application of low-force, high-speed Chiropractic adjustments using an activator adjusting instrument.

The activator adjusting instrument delivers a completely reproducible, reliable thrust and the gentle force can be adjusted to suit patients ranging from adults to infants.
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Is a specific manual thrust delivered to one or more joints in the correct direction, speed and angle. This technqiue is mastered through years of experience and a thorough understanding of spinal biomechanics.

A drop piece table will accompany this technqiue to allow for a lighter manual adjustment with no reduction in its effectiveness. The pieces on the table can be adjusted to various resistances and raised up a short distance so that when the chiropractor applies an adjustment, the table will drop at the same time.
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Neuro-Impulse Protocol (NIP)
NIP is referred to a tonal technique because the intent is to normalize the natural tone held within the nervous system, so that the body can function at its best. Imagine that your nervous system has a volume control. If the volume is turned up too high, then distortion can occur. If the volume is turned too low, then the signals may not be heard.These distorted functions of the nervous system can manifest as a range of health problems.
NIP is an extremely low force technqiue and is the prefered choice of treatment for young children.
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Cranial Therapies
Cranial Therapies are based on the idea that restrictions in the movement of the cranial sutures of the skull affect the normal rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid flow. This fluid surrounds the spinal cord from skull to sacrum and has a palpable pulse.

Restoring proper function and movement to this system will result in better health and reduction of symptoms for patients.

The adjustment will involve contacting parts of the skull and using a constant pressure to restore correct movement and position to the cranial bones.
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