Dr Baines is more than a chiropractor: he has studied extensively and is qualified in a number of specialist techniques that complement his Chiropractic training.
Dr Baines has been practising Graston for over a decade and is one of only a handful of people qualified to use the technique in the UK.
Graston Technique is a patented technique that improves mobility and flexibility by breaking down scar tissue using six stainless steel instruments that are designed for use on specific areas of the body. Graston Technique has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating short and long term conditions including Neck Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Shoulder Pain, Back Pain, Golfer’s Elbow, Tennis Elbow and Knee Pain amongst others.
Using Graston Technique can help decrease overall treatment time by aiding the body’s recovery and reducing inflammation in soft tissue.
For more information about Graston Technique visit http://www.grastontechnique.com/AboutUs.html
Pronounced Factor – stands for: Functional And Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation. This is a way of assessing and treating you while you move. This allows the treatment to be more specific and as a result, more effective. This technique is useful for treating sports people but it can be applied to any “movement” such as gardening, playing with the children etc.
For more information about FAKTR visit http://www.faktr.com/
Active Release Techniques (ART)
This is a patented, state of the art, soft tissue massage technique. It provides relief from problems such as headaches, back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, shin splits, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee pain by targeting muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
All these symptoms are often caused by over-used muscles which can lead to micro tears or pulls, and result in a build up of scar tissue that will reduce range of movement, strength and may cause pain.
ART targets the areas with tension and movement and long-lasting relief can be achieved for the patient.
For more information about ART visit http://www.activerelease.com/what_patients.asp
Myofascial Dry Needling
Adapted from acupuncture this therapy uses fine needles to target trigger points that are causing pain, tenderness or problems with movement.
The trigger points used in Myofascial Dry Needling can be thought of as tight spots or knots in the muscles. Dry needling into these can be very helpful in relieving tightness and/or pain. Myofascial Dry Needling can help with a variety of conditions – such as back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions and post-surgery recovery.
Trigger points in this instance can be thought of as tight spots or knots in the muscle and dry needling into these can be very helpful in relieving tightness and/or pain.
Chiropractic Adjustments (Chiropractic Manipulation)
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is one of the most commonly used techniques in chiropractic and the one that chiropractors are most associated with. Chiropractors may use their hands to restore normal movement to any dysfunctional joint throughout the body but are best known for adjusting the spine.
Used mainly by sports people – amateur and professional – taping can help to support muscles so reducing the feeling of pain and fatigue from over-use. Correctly applied taping can also aid an improvement in motion and adjust minor mis-alignments that occur from tightened muscles. There have been a number of studies conducted on the benefits of taping and you can read more about them: http://rocktape.com/category/research/