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Our Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractors help patients by delivering a series of chiropractic adjustments. There are many ways to adjust the spine.

Sometimes the chiropractor’s hands deliver a quick, highly accurate thrust. Or an instrument directs the force to the “stuck” spinal joint. Other times a slow constant pressure is used. Several areas of the spine may be adjusted, or just one. Chiropractic adjustments are very specific. They are targeted and focused. It is this precision, combined with the intent of reducing nervous system interference, which has produced wonderful results.

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

We use state of the art techniques and equipment at Roughan Chiropractic.

We use state of the art techniques and equipment at Roughan Chiropractic.


After identifying which spinal bones have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is administered to free up “stuck” joints… read more»


Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine… read more»


Sacro Occipital Technique helps normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head, using gravity to make the necessary correction… read more»

Activator Methods®

This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust… read more»

Professional Applied Kinesiology

Testing the strength of various muscles of your body help us find structural, chemical and mental problems revealed by a weak muscle… read more»

Nimmo Trigger Point

By applying direct pressure or stretching of the affected muscle, we can reduce muscle spasms and flush out pooled blood and accumulated toxins. read more»

Bio Cranial Technique

Not only is your skull made up of many bones, their ability to move can profoundly affect your health which is why we rely on this powerful technique. read more»

TMJ Release

TMJ Release technique description coming soon…

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let the chiropractor know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.


Roughan Chiropractic | Chiropractic Techniques Christchurch, Hokitika, West Coast NZ

Delivering the best in chiropractic spinal health care, and integrated health and
wellness to the Christchurch and Hokitika, West Coast area since 1981.