Chiropractic Care and Techniques
Chiropractic is a natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well. As Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) we care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. With manipulations or chiropractic adjustments we treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. We also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains and strains. The scope of conditions that we manage or provide care for is not limited to neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
To restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column, known as “spinal adjustment” we use the following techniques.
- Manual Diversified Adjustment also known as a “hands on” or the “traditional” method is when we use our hands to apply the corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae.
- Thompson Drop Technique is where the patient lies on a specialized table with a “drop piece.” We apply a thrust to the misaligned vertebra, the table drops slightly and the adjustment is delivered with a combination of thrust and table drop. The dropping of the table allows for a light force adjustment, combined with a delivery of a high speed dynamic. This makes for an easy, light force adjustment for the patient without the twisting positions that can accompany the manual adjustment.
- Lumbar Flexion Distraction Technique involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts, or stretches, the spine. We are able to isolate the area of pain while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm.
- Webster Technique is used to realign the sacrum and in pregnant women to reduce tension in the round ligament, a ligament that connects the uterus to the sacrum. We place a hand on the side of the sacrum that has moved back and deliver a gentle thrust to push it forward with slight pressure.
- Activator Method of adjusting the spine is accomplished with the activator instrument. The patient lies on the table face down and we apply the activator instrument to the misaligned vertebra and a gentle spring driven thrust is delivered. For most patients, this form of adjustment is painless and comfortable.