Understanding Chiropractic Techniques

Back pain, neck pain, and even poor circulation in the extremities can take a toll on your health, and may be a result of poor spinal alignment. If you have poor posture, a misaligned spine can cause a variety of health problems and requires professional adjustment. Your chiropractor is trained in a number of chiropractic techniques that help align the spine and bring your body into balance; each technique offers benefits including reduced pain, increased mobility, and better health overall.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is the overall process of spinal adjustment used by your chiropractor, and involves ‘retraining’ the spine and surrounding muscles to adapt to a healthier state of functionality. Spinal manipulation is often used to increase mobility, and your chiropractor may place a significant amount of pressure to the spinal joint – often forcefully – to bring the entire spinal column into balance.

Extremity Manipulation and Extremity Adjusting

Poor spinal health results in a variety of symptoms including muscle atrophy, organ dysfunction, and even mental health problems. Physical therapists and chiropractors use extremity manipulation to mobilize muscles and joints that may be causing musculoskeletal problems. The goal of extremity manipulation and extremity adjusting is to restore mobility and nerve supply to joints and extremities that are affecting the nervous system.

Activator Methods Chiropractic Techniques

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique involves analyzing the length of the legs, and determining whether a pelvic deficiency is present. Since each person stands and holds their hips in a different way the result can be excessive pressure on one side; over time a difference in leg length may contribute to pain in the hips and leg joints. The Activator Methods technique aims to restore the body by correcting vertebral and pelvic misalignments using an Activator mallet to push and set the joints back into the correct position.

Thompson Chiropractic Techniques

The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a ‘drop table’ for adjustment, where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue. After completing a leg check analysis, your chiropractor will determine the type of misalignment – cervical, pelvic, etc,- and then adjusts the legs using a combination of multiple thrusts on various joints.

Gonstead Chiropractic Techniques

This method was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in 1923, and has since been used to treat a variety of conditions. Gonstead chiropractic techniques address all areas of subluxation – the areas where the spine is out of alignment and is causing a pinched nerve. The Gonstead technique recognizes the misalignments and increases muscle and joint mobility by applying different levels of pressure.

Cox Flexion/Distraction Chiropractic Techniques

If you are suffering from back, leg, neck, or arm pain and do not want to pursue surgery, the Cox Flexion/Distraction technique offers one option. It is considered a safe alternative to back surgery, and helps restore the range of motion in joints and muscles after bringing the spine into alignment. Treatment is performed on a special table that flexes and bends various muscles and joints. It is commonly used to restore herniated discs, reduce headaches, and improve posture.

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