How do we treat


The term chiropractic means “treatment by hand”, and since 1895 there have been a series of techniques that have evolved from the original spinal manipulation methods.  Therefore individual chiropractors tend to have a diverse range of techniques & beliefs around healthcare.

At Alexandra Chiropractic we don’t just crack necks & backs, we also use gentle techniques which don’t involve any clicks or cracks.  Therefore Chiropractic is suitable and beneficial for all ages including newborn babies.  In addition, we are able to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as provide nutritional, dietary & lifestyle counseling.

We feel that it is important to treat patients as individuals and therefore two similar injuries or symptoms may be treated differently dependent on the needs, or trauma & medical history of the patient. 

To follow are a few of the techniques or treatments available at Alexandra Chiropractic.

Spinal Manipulation or Adjustment

Spinal manipulation is a highly specialised treatment and should only be performed by a qualified practitioner.  Prospective chiropractors must spend a minimum of 4200 student/teacher contact hours, 1000 of which are directly supervised. 

Traditionally the core work of a Chiropractor is the analysis and correction of vertebral subluxations, which occur when the joints of the spine fail to move properly and/or the spinal bones become misaligned causing interference with the nerve messages from the brain to the body and/or from the body to the brain.  These misalignments can be corrected through spinal manipulation.
Therefore it is understandable that people often think that chiropractors "put bones back in the correct position".  But in actual fact the body does most of the work itself.  Chiropractic adjustments free up stiff vertebrae, and the nervous system's innate restorative capability allows the joints to restore their normal movement.
A locked joint will "crack" when it is released but this is NOT the bones grinding together.  When joints are not moving correctly nitrogen gas builds up and this is released with or without a popping sound during an adjustment.

Spinal manipulation performed by a qualified practitioner is safe and effective.

Rehabilitation / Exercise Therapy

Exercise is an important approach to any kind of joint problem, and after the initial problem has improved symptomatically and the condition is showing signs of improving, an exercise programme is drawn up and supervised to prevent recurrences of the problem. The programme is tailored to meet individual needs.  Therefore we may teach you any combination of the following; Personalised stretching exercises to increase your flexibility; Co-ordination exercises to restore the relationship between the brain, the muscle and the joint; and Muscle strengthening exercises to re-condition muscles.

Cranial Therapy

Over 100 years ago an Osteopath by the name of Dr William Sutherland discovered that the sutures in the cranium were able to express small degrees of motion, and that the motion of these cranial bones were closely connected to subtle movements that involve a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body.  This included the cerebrospinal fluid, the central nervous system, and the membranes that surround the central nervous system.

Qualified practitioners could therefore palpate a patients cranium (head) with their hands to release tension and or increase flow of fluid throughout the body. 

Various forms of the original technique have developed over the years, and Chiropractors tend to use a cranial technique developed by Major Bertrand DeJarnette (see SOT to follow).

Many patients find this a relaxing and effective form of treatment and due to the gentle nature of this technique it is especially suitable for children and those people who do not want to have a spinal or neck adjustment.

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

SOT was originally formulated in the 1920's by Major Bertrand DeJarnette. He was a Doctor (chiropractor and osteopath) and Engineer. The Major was inspired to go beyond simple spinal adjusting and developed methods of correcting the Cranium, Pelvis, Extremities and Organs.

This study brought about a system of adjusting patterns in the body, not just single body parts. The most significant pattern was the relationship between the sacrum and occiput (which became the name of the technique). 

An important distinction of SOT is the use of indicators. Each adjustment has a sign or signal that we use to know when and where to adjust. For example, muscle tension at the knee may indicate the pelvis needs correction, and connective tissue fibers at the base of the skull (called occipital fibers) indicate different vertebra in the back or spine may be in need of an adjustment. This also tells us on the next visit if the correction has been completely or marginally effective. From these indicators, we design a different adjustment set on each visit, listening to the body each time.

It takes study to master this method of care, but it makes for an effective, precise adjustment without relying exclusively on x- rays.


Involves inserting tiny needles into the muscles in order to improve, or restore function of that muscle. This may include needling of Myofascial trigger points, Periosteum or other soft tissues. Dry needling is purely for pain relief and is based on recent understanding in pain science.

This is not Acupuncture, however much of the knowledge of the muscular-skeletal system (muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, fascia and trigger points) has come from a traditional Chinese Medicine prospective.

86 Centennial Ave. Alexandra 9320. Central Otago. New Zealand.

03 448

Doctors of Chiropractic

Dr Danielle Lomman BChiroSci Macq, MChiro Macq

Dr Ryan Lomman BHlthSci Adel, MChiro Macq