A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.
Spinal manipulation is relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps and headaches.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Some practitioners may use force and twisting, while other techniques are more gentle. Regardless of how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation.
When vertebrae shift out of place, there is an overall systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest peak.
Overall, spinal adjustments and manipulations are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level without any discomfort. When the body is adequately aligned, it becomes able to respond and perform as it was built to do.
Manual adjustments are the typical style of adjusting most people know and think of when learning about chiropractic. It is a hands-on style that uses high velocity and low force to align the joints to their proper positioning. It is extremely specific and safe for most patients.
Thompson technique is the technical term for drop adjustments. It entails using the table to slightly elevate up under the head, chest, or pelvis, and then pushing down on the specific area that needs to be adjusted. When the table drops, gravity is the force helping to align the segment of the spine being adjusted. It is a great style of adjusting, specific, and safe for most patients.
The Sigma is an FDA approved instrument adjusting tool. It detects the joint dysfunction with pressure scans sent to a specific software system. Once the doctor analyzes the software, they proceed to adjust the levels that need adjusted with specific forces and pulses. It is safe for all patients, even those with osteoporosis, disc herniations, and arthritis.
The V-Starr is the newest FDA approved instrument adjusting tool. It offers the fastest impulse and the widest range of frequencies for treatments of any device of its kind. It uses software that gives immediate feedback to the doctor in order to give the most accuracy in analysis and adjusting. It even uses sensor technology similar to the ‘Da Vinci Surgical Instrument’ that is used by surgeons all around the world. It is safe for all patients, including those with severe injuries, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
This technique is to focus on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are causing a patient's problems. The procedure is a massage-like motion that provides mobilization to scar tissue and myofascial adhesions from injury, illness, trauma, or misalignment.