Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which a trained specialist called a chiropractor uses his or her hands or a small instrument to apply controlled, sudden thrust applied to the vertebra. The objective of this adjustment also known as spinal manipulation is to correct articular malposition and to improve the physical function of your body. The common goal of chiropractic adjustment is to restore joint function, resolving joint inflammation and reducing joint pains.
Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques
Chiropractors use different treatment plans to meet specific needs of each patient. Some of the treatment plans used may involve forceful or less forceful spinal adjustment techniques. The following are popular chiropractic adjustment techniques:
This technique can be used to locate where chiropractic adjustments should be made in your body. In most cases a detailed analysis of your spinal x-rays is used to clearly pinpoint the problem areas that require manipulation. This technique is ideal for children, the elderly and pregnant women.
This is a type of sports therapy, which focuses on bones and the specific muscles that hold them in position. The aim behind this technique is to restore functioning of the joints and the muscles around them and to prevent injury during sports as well as other physical activities. This procedure is normally accomplished by massaging the various pressure points to enhance muscle function.
This is a unique technique that is used to adjust the lumbar disk herniations to provide instant relief to the back and leg pain. Using the passive extension technique, this procedure can also help in wrist flexion especially in patients with carpal tunnel disorder. This unique technique is the most widely taught and practiced chiropractic manipulation in the world today.
Logan Basic Technique
In this method, a gentle sustained pressure is applied at the base of the spine. The continuous pressure helps in realigning the rest of the bones in the spine. This technique helps in alleviating lower back pain, stress and muscle tension in the back.
There are many spinal adjustment techniques used today in chiropractic care. After clinical examinations, a chiropractor will use one of the techniques to ensure that a patient’s needs are addressed.