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Chiropractic Care

At Roughan Chiropractic, our mission is to help Christchurch patients achieve optimal health through comprehensive chiropractic care and related services that consider your whole being – not just the neck and back pain you may be feeling.

Though there is a perception that chiropractors only focus on the spine and joints, at our clinic, we consider your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing as well. You are more than your symptoms!

By removing the interferences in your nervous system, your body can heal itself once again, naturally and efficiently. We want to provide you and our community with the best options to help you regain your health, advance your health journey or promote the healthy lifestyle you choose for you and your loved ones.

How Chiropractic Is Different

It may seem surprising, but whereas Western medicine focuses on treating the problem, chiropractic doesn’t treat any disease or symptom. Instead, the focus is on you and your body’s innate ability to heal itself. We do not offer prescriptions or invasive surgeries as solutions to your pain or to complement your desire to improve your health.

Instead, we use precise adjustments to your spine to help restore the body’s vital communication centre, the nervous system. Through a hands-on approach, our chiropractic team checks your spine, determines the function and integrity of your joints, and gets a real-time view of how efficiently your nervous system works to coordinate the rest of your body’s systems.

Our Practice Philosophy

We follow the basic beliefs and principles of Māori health. The four walls of the Whare (house) are physical health, mental health, nutritional health and social or family health. The overall roof of your Whare is your spiritual health, where you seek your life’s plan and purpose.

Our chiropractor Dr Simon Roughan believes health is a journey of self-discovery and personal self-responsibility to ensure your body, mind, social contacts, nutrient levels and spirit are in harmony to be the best version of yourself.

What Does an Adjustment Feel Like?

Chiropractors are highly skilled in palpating and noticing changes in the spine and extremities from using their touch. The spine protects your nervous system, and your nervous system includes your brain, spinal cord and all the nerves in your body.

Sometimes, the chiropractor’s hands deliver a quick, highly accurate thrust to correct the misalignment. Other times, a chiropractor will use an instrument to direct light force to the ‘stuck’ spinal joint. Other times, a slow, constant pressure is used.

You may hear light popping or cracking sounds, but there is typically no pain associated with an adjustment.

Hands-on Techniques for Better Results

At Roughan Chiropractic, our chiropractic team most often uses the Diversified adjustment style. We also have chiropractors trained in Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and Professional Applied Kinesiology. Any adjustment done is targeted and focused and works to reduce nervous system interference, which has produced wonderful results for our patients over many decades.

We also offer related adjustments and techniques, including:

  • Thompson
  • Activator Methods®
  • Nimmo Trigger Point
  • Bio Cranial Technique
  • TMJ Release
  • Neuro Emotional Technique

Who Is Chiropractic a Good Fit For?

Chiropractic care is appropriate for the entire family and for patients of all ages. Adjustments help your nervous system to work more efficiently by allowing your body to heal itself once free from misalignments and other nervous system blocks.

We want to help give your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout your life, including pregnancy, birth, childhood, young adulthood and well beyond, chiropractic benefits your greater health and wellbeing.

We’ve also seen much success in adjusting patients who are experiencing:

  • Torticollis or stiff neck
  • Generalised neck pain
  • Wrist and shoulder pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Decreased range of motion in their arms and legs

Elevate Your Health With Next-Level Care

It’s never too late or too early to explore chiropractic care’s immense benefits. Contact us today to get started. We look forward to becoming your trusted source for care in Christchurch and the surrounding area.


Chiropractic Care | (03) 365 7828