There are many different chiropractic techniques that help people reach optimal health. Many methods compliment each other and work best when combined. Each individual is different and therefore may respond better to one treatment than another. Additionally, some people have a preference to the technique that is used in their treatment. One technique is not better than the other, merely more effective in reaching that individual’s specific goals.
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A chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific, controlled force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, not moving properly, or subluxated. Adjustments help return the bones to a more normal position or motion, relieving pressure on nerves and strain on muscles. The “popping” sound that is often associated with an adjustment is called a cavitation. It is the pop that occurs in a spinal joint when vertebral surfaces (facets) are separated to create a vacuum that pull in nitrogen gas. Contrary to popular belief, it is not your bones rubbing against each other or “cracking”.
The Activator Method is the most widely used “low force” technique world wide—it is safe and gentle. This method uses an activator adjusting instrument that delivers a controlled, light and concentrated thrust causing changes in the muscles and ligaments that support joints. The Activator Method is very specific and addresses only the joints the doctor chooses. There is no undue strain to the patient. The manipulation is extremely gentle and especially suitable for treatment of traumatic injuries, post surgical cases, infants, young children, pregnant women and seniors.
Diversified technique is an amalgamation of many different methods. Diversified stresses the integration of a detailed history and thorough biomechanical examination which involves both your nervous and musculoskeletal systems. The treatment protocol may include adjustments, physiotherapeutic modalities, stretches, orthotics and other aids.
Pelvic blocks are triangular-type devices that are used to relax pelvic ligaments and induce pelvic rotation. These blocks are placed underneath the pelvis while the patient is lying down and are left there for a determined amount of time. This procedure will help to reduce any pelvic unleveling and associated low back pain.
Pelvic Drop Pieces
Pelvic drop pieces are sections of the chiropractic table that have the capability of elevating and dropping with the adjustment. This technique allows for increased velocity in the adjustment and greater motion induced into the joint. Pelvic drop pieces help to restore motion in the pelvis and reduce any pelvic unleveling and associated back pain.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T)
Active Release is a specific procedure to diagnose and treat soft tissue (muscle, tendons, fascia, and nerve) injuries. ART is a hands on approach that incorporated the simultaneous application of tension and stretching of a muscle with patient assistance. This technique helps to locate and treat adhesions (scar tissue) between muscles and nerves that may be limiting range of motion or causing pain and discomfort.