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Chiropractic Treatment Techniques | Spinal Adjustment


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Chiropractic treatment techniques and Spinal adjustment
A chiropractor performs an adjustment on a patient.

Spinal manipulation, which chiropractors call “spinal adjustment” or “chiropractic adjustment“, is the most common treatment used in chiropractic care. Spinal manipulation is a passive manual maneuver during which a three-joint complex is taken past the normal range of movement combined with dynamic thrust, but not so far as to dislocate or damage the joint. This helps increase a joint’s range of motion. This has an impact on the paraspinal muscle tissues.

The term spinal manipulation generally describes chiropractic techniques that manipulate the spine, massage, mobilize, adjust vertebrae, or to stimulate muscles. Chiropractors may use mild traction to influence the spine and related tissues, so as to increase mobility and to improve energetic flow of nerve impulses in the spine and surrounding muscles.

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Various Chiropractic Techniques

Various Chiropractic Schools teach a variety of chiropractic techniques. A chiropractor may use a variety of techniques, or may concentrate on one particular type of chiropractic technique. Chiropractors who use a combination of techniques are referred to as Diversified Technique Chiropractors. They may use full spine manipulation, extremity adjusting, Activator techniques, As well as Gonstead, Thompson Technique, Cox/flexion-distraction, Sacro-Occipital Techniqus, Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Technique, Applied Kinesiology, and other techniques.

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Here is a list of some of the chiropractic techniques commonly used:

  • Activator –  a spring loaded tool used adjust the spine
  •  Thompson Technique relies on a drop table and detailed procedural protocols to deliver thrust and adjust the spine
  • Gonstead evaluates specific adjustment that avoids rotational vectors
  • Cox/flexion-distraction  uses a gentle, low-force adjusting procedure which mixes chiropractic with osteopathic principles and utilizes specialized adjusting tables with movable parts
  • Applied Kinesiology which emphasizes “muscle testing” as a diagnostic tool
  • Lumbar, cervical and thoracic chiropractic spinal manipulation.
  • Physical fitness/exercise promotion,
  • Nutritional/dietary recommendations
  • Relaxation/stress reduction recommendations, ice pack/cryotherapy,
  • Extremity adjusting
  • Corrective or therapeutic exercise, ergonomic/postural advice
  • Self-care strategies, activities of daily living, changing risky/unhealthy behaviors – such as correct positions for lifting.
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Disease prevention/early screening advice
  • Upper cervical manipulations are frequently. Some use only upper cervical manipulations, while other chiropractors treat the whole spine.

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As technology advances, various assessment tools and adjusting devices have been developed. For this reason, there seems to be an increasing difference in the types of techniques used by chiropractors. If the techniques used by one chiropractor has not worked for you in the past, it is a good idea to try another chiropractor. However, most often what is needed is open communication. If you did not get the results you were looking for, discuss it with your chiropractor. Ask questions and give the chiropractor the information he or she needs, in order to give you the care you need.

Ask your friends and colleagues. Ask massage therapists and other practitioners for a referral. In part the goal of this site is to create a method of referral and enable individuals to find the resources that work for them.

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DISCLAIMER: The videos provided in this section of Wellness Connection are intended for Education and Learning. They are not necessarily supported by all practitioner’s who are listed on this site and are not intended to replace the advice of your own doctors or caregivers.

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