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Five Types of Chiropractic Adjustments and What They Treat

Apr 20

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractor is an expert in the treatment of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease. Quiropractica is Spanish for chiropractic.

A chiropractor is a trained professional who adjusts the body’s joints using special equipment or their hands. This procedure is sometimes called joint or spinal adjustment. This can correct alignment and reduce pain.

Chiropractic care can treat many diseases that affect the nervous system or musculoskeletal system. Many conditions can be treated with chiropractic care, such as low back pain, headaches, and neck discomfort.

Modalities of Adjustments

Diversified Approach

This diverse approach has three main goals. They restore spinal alignment, correct joint dysfunction, and maintain optimal mobility. The practitioner can correct misaligned joints or bones and restore the patient’s spinal alignment. The practitioner applies precise, hands-on thrusts on the patient to accomplish this. According to the American Chiropractic Association, this technique is widely used by between 96 percent and 70% of chiropractors.

Drop-Table Technique (Thompson Drop Table)

A Thompson Drop-Table table that is specially designed must have padding platforms and drop mechanisms in order for the Thompson Drop-Table to work. To complete the adjustment, the practitioner will make a quick thrust. It is similar to a slight vibration, and patients find it very comfortable.

The Activator Method

An "Activator" is a small, handheld device that stimulates the extremities and vertebrae segments of the spine. A chiropractor might use it. This spring-loaded device can alter the tone of the nerve systems. This device can be used for lower back pain and headaches.

Distraction From Flexion

You can use Flexion-Distraction by using a table which simultaneously distracts and flexes the spine in a simple rhythmic motion. This method can be used for disc injuries that result in back and leg pain. This adjustment is very painless and even considered comfortable. This is a great option for those who have recently suffered an injury or are sensitive to any type of pain.

Uncompression of the Spine

Chiropractic decompression is a technique and not an adjustment. This is important because it can reduce lower back pain caused by bulging, herniated, or degenerative discs. To promote spinal decompression, a specific table can be used. This table gently stretches the spine, and encourages healthy movement and flow of water, oxygen, and other essential fluids throughout your spine.

The prognosis for people who have had chiropractic adjustments

Although chiropractic care can temporarily relieve some symptoms, the ultimate goal is to improve your overall health. The chiropractor will ask how you move throughout the day (standing, sitting) and how you sleep at nights.

Knowing how to position yourself when you're at work, standing, moving or in bed can be helpful. To avoid future problems, you can incorporate stretching into your everyday life.

Other information about chiropractic care.

Adjustments should only be performed by a licensed chiropractor (also known as a doctor of chiropractic). If you've had adjustments done by people who haven't been properly trained or certified, it is more likely that you will experience negative effects.

How do I schedule an appointment with my doctor for a consultation?

Be aware of any unusual symptoms, such as weakness, numbness, or worsening pain, when you receive chiropractic care. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately for an evaluation.

To find out more, visit Paramount Health Chiropractic.