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The chiropractors at Aligned Health Care in Ayr employ a range of proven techniques for each individual case. Sometimes, after assessing and discussing your clinical condition, a combination of techniques may be recommended. Below you’ll find a brief explanation of the most common techniques we use.

Diversified Chiropractic

Diversified technique is characterised by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.

Cox Technic Flexion-Distraction

To date, this Clinic employs the only Cox Certified practitioners in Scotland. Low back and sciatic pain is often the result of a problem with one or more of the discs in your lower back, like a ‘slipped disc’ or sometimes a narrowing of the pathway a nerve takes from your spine and down the leg. Spinal Flexion and Distraction is a very effective and safe way to treat disc problems so at Aligned Health Care in Ayr, we use the Cox Technic, a highly specialised system of Flexion and Distraction that is very effective at encouraging rapid healing and recovery. Our treatment frequently avoids the need for surgery or prolonged use of painkillers and rest from work and other activities. The treatment is very gentle but very effective. We also find it helps people with long-term and recurring back pain.

McTimoney Chiropractic Technique

The McTimoney Chiropractic Technique has evolved into a very effective system of whole body treatment using very precise and gentle adjustments. Very effective for all ages, and often preferred by younger or older patients, or patients in considerable discomfort.


Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. Acupuncture stimulates nerves and muscle tissue, and this may be responsible for any beneficial effects.

Currently, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for lower back pain. NICE makes this recommendation on the basis of scientific evidence. NICE 2009 guidelines on low back pain (PDF, 980kb).

There is strong evidence that acupuncture has a beneficial effect on the following conditions:

  • chronic back pain
  • dental pain
  • pain and discomfort during gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • headache nausea and vomiting in pregnancy or after an operation
  • osteoarthritis of the knee

LASER Therapy (Deep Tissue)

Laser Therapy is clinically proven as an effective treatment for pain and inflammation.  Able to penetrate to deep tissue structures, it has the ability to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions. LASER therapy can now be delivered safely and effectively. Class 4 LASER has an incredible impact on the healing response for many types of injury, it reduces pain, inflammation and swelling. This reduces the time needed for recovery, reduces the liklihood of re-injury and reduces need for antiinflammatory and pain relieving drugs.

Results can be immediate but the most observed results are after 3 to 5 treatment sessions.  The body continues to benefit from the effects of the therapy for 18-24 hours after treatment.  During this time, modulated cellular activity leads to decreased pain and inflammation.

Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

At Aligned Health Care we are committed to offering the most effective and proven treatment methods available. We are now able to offer Shock Wave Therapy in our Ayr Clinic. This is a highly effective and technology with a large and increasingly positive research base for treatment of many chronic musculoskeletal issues. It has a very good success rate treating many issues that manual therapies have failed help and surgery is the only other alternative left. For more info see

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy is widely used in NHS physiotherapy settings to reduce pain, inflammation and speed up cell repair mechanisms. Ultrasound is painless and is delivered over a short course of regular treatments.


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