The Many Different Methods of Spinal Manipulation

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Chiropractors are known for “popping” backs, but there is a lot more that goes into the ways in which a chiropractor treats your spine than just popping it. Chiropractors have many years of training in specialized methods they use to adjust your spine in order to promote self-healing.

While chiropractors at The Joint utilize the diversified technique (the most popular technique among chiropractor), it’s important to know other techniques, too.

Here is an overview of a few different techniques a chiropractor may use to adjust your spine.

Diversified Technique (Used by The Joint)

This is the most commonly used technique and the one most familiar to chiropractic patients. This adjustment technique uses what is called high velocity, low-amplitude thrust that results in the “popping” sound often linked with being adjusted. This technique can be used to treat many joints in the body to restore normal joint and nerve function.

Gonstead Technique (Not used by The Joint chiropractors)

This technique is used to locate the subluxations, or misalignment of vertebrae, in your spine. First, a detailed analysis of spinal x-rays is done by your chiropractor in order to pinpoint where adjustments need to be made. What separates the Gonstead Technique from other techniques your chiropractor may use is that it’s very specific. Instead of adjusting your entire spine, your chiropractor may choose to only adjust the level at which the subluxation is present.

Applied Kinesiology (Not used by The Joint chiropractors)

This is type of sports therapy that focuses on the bones and the muscles that keep them in place. This technique is used to balance opposing muscles that may be attached to misaligned bones. The chiropractor can adjust your bones to realign them, but if the muscles are locked into position then the misalignment will not stay corrected, which is why applied kinesiology is so important. Various pressure points are messaged in this technique in hope of restoring normal muscle function.

Logan Basic Technique (Not used by The Joint chiropractors)

This technique is a gentle therapy in which moderate sustained pressure is applied to the base of the spine in order to realign the entire spine. Often, it is used to treat headaches and lower back pain. Stress is one of the main reasons for muscle tension in the neck and back, so by alleviating the muscle tension balance can be restored. This technique is used with both children and adults.

As you can see, chiropractic adjustments involve more than just “popping” your back. The goal of any chiropractor is to restore mobility and function, and to relieve pain in your body. Spinal adjustments utilizing these various techniques are exactly how this goal is achieved. 

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