Our Approach

Expertise in Spine Care

Total Body Chiropractic experts in spine care provide patients with a modern management approach to back and neck pain as well as headaches. Indeed, we are committed to giving you a comprehensive assessment, logical explanations and the most appropriate individual treatment plan. We have taken the time to educate ourselves about the concerns and needs of patients, in order to develop a Spine Centre that combines the latest advances with effective management.

Our techniques are proven to work. This means our approach and the techniques we use have been proven to reduce pain and improve mobility. You will recover better and faster, receive tailored rehabilitation, prevent further injury and consequently maximise your wellbeing.

We are ACC registered. No GP referral required

Our Chiropractors

Dr Gary Dennis DC
Principal Chiropractor

Dr Lorene Dennis DC
Paediatric Neurological Development

The First Session

At Total Body Chiropractic, the Doctors of Chiropractic are trained in the differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain and disorders. This includes the identification of significant joint and muscle dysfunctions, disc derangement and nerve entrapment, as well as more uncommon but potentially serious disorders that can produce body pain.

History Taking

The process starts with history taking. By obtaining the required detailed information, we will rule out more serious problems and direct the examination to the areas and processes that are most likely causing the pain.

Physical Examination

This is followed by the thorough physical examination, which involves postural examination, assessment of movements and flexibility, stability and strength, as well as neurological examination if necessary.

Advanced Testing

Occasionally, it is necessary to obtain advanced testing such as X-Rays, CT scan or MRI (referral).

In most cases, after history taking, examination, and further testing are complete, a differential diagnosis can be established. If the problem is determined to be one that is treatable at Total Body Chiropractic, a treatment strategy is formulated and recommended to you. This plan will be discussed with you prior to the institution of any treatment.

Tailored Treatment

At Orewa Chiropractic, we establish a treatment strategy that is personalised to each patient. The treatment will be directed at those primary factors that were detected during the examination.  We treat all patients as individuals with specific needs and treatment goals. We are committed to providing the highest quality hands-on care for back pain, in a warm, caring environment.

Adjustments

Adjustment consists of gently moving the involved joint into the direction in which it is restricted and may involve the application of a short, quick movement in that direction. Slow mobilising movement may be also used.

Impulse IQ Instrument

The state-of-the-art IQ instrument has a high-tech sensor that provides information from your body’s response to adjustments. According to this, a micro-computer inside will adapt the number as well as the frequency of the inputs.

Muscle Relaxation/Stimulation

This procedure consists of gentle stretches to the involved muscle that have excessive tension, or repeated contractions of the muscle that is weak. Gentle finger pressure techniques may be applied to trigger points to relieve the pain associated with these points.

Strengthening, Stretching and Stabilisation

We will demonstrate to you a large variety of exercises from the basic of Pilates’ concept to most advanced using Swiss ball and elastic bands. You will able to login in the private part of this web site and choose in our library a large range of exercises for multiple conditions. We will also advise you the sort of aerobic activities that could help you such as walking, running, cycling or swimming. Consequently your back is maximally protected during routine activities.

Self-Management

We will recommend strategies that you can use at home or at work to take control of your condition.

Workplace and Lifestyle Advice

Workplace and lifestyle Advice is designed to address factors in your work, home or recreational activities that perpetuate the dysfunctions that lead to the condition you experience.

Pregnancy / Children

Top Reasons Parents Bring Their Children to See a Chiropractor
  • To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
  • To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
  • To assist with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
  • To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
  • To encourage good spinal posture.
  • To help alleviate digestive problems.
  • To assist with sleep issues.

It is becoming more widely known that chiropractic is not just a treatment for back pain and headaches. In fact science is showing what chiropractors have known for over 100 years – that having a healthy spine affects the function of your brain and entire body!

The spine is designed to protect your central nerve system (brain, spinal cord and nerves exiting between the spinal bones) and allow you to move. When the spine loses its normal position or motion it can interfere with the flow of information up and down your nerve system thus changing the way every cell organ and tissue is functioning.

With this in mind, it then makes sense to have a child checked right from birth, after all, it is their nerve system that is controlling and coordinating all their growth and development. Around 12 months later the child will begin to take their first few steps. A few tumbles are always had on the way, many of these will be harmless, however every now-and-then the physical stresses and strains begin to take a toll on the growing spine and problems can develop.

I have been adjusting children and their families for many years now and have some amazing miracle stories of children getting well and staying well through gentle chiropractic care. But I think the best stories are the ones untold… the children under regular care who grow and develop at their best from day one, who knows what being under care has prevented over a lifetime?!

We take care of our children’s teeth from the moment they pop through. We all know the advantages of keeping our teeth clean and of course that the health benefits are far greater than just a lovely smile. Just like there is nothing really wrong with your teeth when you clean them – they don’t even hurt – there is usually nothing majorly wrong with your child’s spine either when they are getting regular check-ups. But just as plaque silently decays your teeth over time, spinal misalignments can lead to dysfunction and nerve interference. A child at their best is healthy, vibrant and full of energy and a healthy nerve system helps keep them this way, providing protection against health challenges throughout life.

I have kids fighting over who wants to hop on the table first. For the most part kids love their adjustments and as kids are so in tune with their own bodies will often ask to come in as they are just not feeling great. New borns often sleep through the entire visit and wriggly toddlers can be checked on the move!

Chiropractic is an effective and safe healthcare for children of all ages. Although some of the checking procedures may look very similar to that of an adult, many of the specialised chiropractic adjusting techniques do differ. This is because of the smaller nature of their bones and the developing muscle tissue.

Find out more today about how Chiropractic can benefit your child!

Pregnancy

It is fair to say that an expectant mother’s health and wellbeing will have a direct effect on the health and development of the baby in utero.

As you are probably aware, many biomechanical and biochemical changes happen during pregnancy (e.g. increased hormone production, increased weight gain, change in posture & weight distribution – to name a few).

A mother’s spine and pelvis will undergo many changes to help compensate for and accommodate the growing baby, which will increase the risk of nerve interferences and subluxations occurring in her spine. These subluxations may adversely affect the baby’s physical and neurological development. Misalignments in the pelvis and lower spine region may compromise the pelvic opening, resulting in a less than perfect passage for the baby. Pelvic misalignments will also directly affect the surrounding muscles and ligaments causing an imbalance. This imbalance will affect the way in which the uterus is supported, disallowing it to enlarge symmetrically affecting the baby’s position inside (this is referred to ‘intrauterine constraint’).

As well as subluxations, intrauterine constraint can also affect the developing baby’s pelvis, spine and cranium, limit the baby’s movement in utero, and prevent the baby from getting into the best possible position ready for birth. This can lead to longer and more painful labour.

Altered weight bearing and movement patterns during pregnancy can place additional pressure on the muscles, ligaments, joints, discs and bones of a women’s spine and can uncover regions that are not working well. 50% of women experience significant levels of back or pelvic pain during their pregnancy. Research shows that chiropractic care may help to relieve these symptoms in up to 85% of pregnant women.

Research also shows that women experience an average 24% reduction in labour time with chiropractic care during pregnancy and a 33% reduction for those mothers who have given birth before. Helping the pelvis become more relaxed and mobile allows the joints to expand more freely during labour and settle more easily afterwards. This improves the ease of delivery, creating less stress and pressure on both the mother and baby.

Chiropractors adapt their techniques to accommodate the changes in the mother’s body shape and range of movement throughout all stages of pregnancy.

The Webster Technique – For Safer, Easier Births

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment approach that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.

Dr Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association developed this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal vertex position. This technique has been successfully used in women whose babies present transverse and posterior as well. It has also successfully used with twins. This specific analysis and adjustment of the sacrum be used throughout pregnancy, to detect imbalance and improve pelvic biomechanics in preparation for safer, easier births. Because of the effect that chiropractic adjustments have on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimising health benefits for both the mother and baby.

Regular Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy will help to correct spinal and pelvic misalignments, and also remove any imbalance to the pelvic and uterine muscles and ligaments. We have a specific chiropractic table and special cushions that allow us to check and adjust women in all stages of pregnancy.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the most well-known aspect of Chinese Medicine and may be used alone or in conjunction with herbal medicine, moxibustion (the heating of specific acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), or tui na (Chinese massage). It is likely that the acupuncture practitioner will also offer dietary and lifestyle advice or suggest a course of exercise.

Each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians. Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony.

Every aspect of the patient’s life is considered by the practitioner before the points are selected – sometimes it may be impossible to change someone’s life circumstance, but by using Acupuncture the person may be strengthened so that they are more easily able to deal with what life brings their way.

A visit to an Acupuncturist will usually take up to an hour, with the needles being left in place for 20-25 minutes of that time. Very often people go into a state of deep relaxation whilst the needles are in place and many drift off into a brief but sound sleep. Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in treating musculo-skeletal injuries but has traditionally been used extensively in the treatment of respiratory, digestive, gynaecological and many other chronic conditions.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession, primarily concerned with the diagnosis, the treatment and the prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. 

The aim of chiropractic is not just providing some relief, where it excels, but also treating the cause of the problem and so having the people back to what they miss. It can be playing golf every weekend, playing with kids again or just providing their best at work. The results of chiropractic care are different from every person as each individual is unique.

Who are Doctors of Chiropractic?

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors– practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health spine care that includes patient examination, assessment and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide prevention of spine disorders and lifestyle counselling.

Chiropractors have a unique expertise as they are intensive schooling trained, including one year of internship in a five year curriculum of full time in one of the accredited Universities or Colleges by the profession. After graduation, they pass a national board examination before attaining registration.

 The Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic in New Zealand advocated that Doctors of Chiropractic in this country are generally careful and skilled. Their finding was that there is no unusual degree of risk to patients who undertake chiropractic treatment from a registered chiropractor in New Zealand.

Doctors of Chiropractic are ACC registered.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Muscle spasms, tightness, weakness or imbalance
  • Work-related injuries
  • Nerve entrapment such as Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Numbness and tingling
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