Understanding your chiropractor's adjustment style is important to your the long term health of your body and the speed at which you recover from injury.
Chiropractors manage various treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each patient. In general, chiropractic treatment plans involve some forceful (spinal manipulation) and less forceful (spinal mobilization) during the same visit or over the course of treatments which typically consists of 6 to 10 visits.
The common goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function, with the general goals of resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain.
Why is it important to understand adjustment techniques?
Patients should discuss their symptoms and preferences with their chiropractor before a treatment plan is assessed. Following your chiropractor’s specific manipulation styles and treatment methods is essential to your recovery.
Being prepared and aware of what to expect not only builds rapport between you and your doctor, but it also gives you control along your path to a fast and healthy recovery. There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world, most practices focus on and utilize 8 to 10 different approaches.
Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques To Help With Pain
Instrument-assisted Manipulation- Uses a hand-held instrument that allows your chiropractor to apply force without thrusting into the spine.
The small hand held instrument delivers a gentle impulse force into the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. This method can be used to treat many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches including both a migraine and chronic.
Two advantages of using the instrument-assisted method:
- The first is based on the momentum of the mechanism. The instrument is so fast that the body’s muscles are less likely to resist the treatment and tense in response.
- The second is the force is localized and doesn’t add additional twisting or bending movements to the joint.
Flexion-distraction technique- This method involves a hands-on spinal manipulation that administers a pumping action on the intervertebral disc instead of direct force.
The technique helps restore the range of motion in joints and muscles after bringing the spine into alignment. The flexion-distraction technique has been known to help people that suffer from herniated discs, reduce headaches, and improve posture.
Specific spinal manipulation (high-velocity low-amplitude thrust)- This popular chiropractic technique helps restore joint movement using a gentle thrusting technique.
The manipulation often results in an audible “pop,” as a chiropractor uses their hands to target a specific joint while applying a sudden controlled force to the body.
The objective is to “retrain” the spine and surrounding muscles to adapt to a healthier state of functionality and increase mobility.
Spinal mobilization (low force or gentle chiropractic techniques)- This approach uses a gentler method that doesn’t involve twisting of the body or a forceful thrust.
Some conditions that may require a softer touch:
- Osteoporosis pathology
- The patient’s size
- Patient comfort
- Patient preference
Adjunctive therapy- In addition to manipulation, many chiropractors will utilize adjunctive therapy, such as ice or heat or physical therapy modalities (such as electric stimulation or ultrasound) as part of an overall treatment plan.
Pain Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques
Back pain, neck pain, headaches, knee pain, hip pain, and even poor circulation in the extremities can all take a significant toll on your health. Seeking professional help from a trained chiropractor can drastically improve your overall health and bring the body back into balance.
The doctors at Arrowhead Clinics Georgia and South Carolina locations specialize in helping patients who suffer from neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, knee pain, hip pain, pain that spreads to your hands, feet and ankles, and more. Our trained chiropractors will conduct a thorough examination and build a specialized treatment plan, including the best adjustment techniques for your healthy recovery. Call Now! 800-961-PAIN (7246)