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What Types of Chiropractic Adjustments Are There?

Chiropractic adjustments are specific spinal manipulation techniques a licensed chiropractor uses to keep the spine in alignment, thereby alleviating pain and restoring joint function and mobility. This type of procedure offers other many benefits without the side effects of drugs or the invasiveness of surgical treatments.


From providing neck and lower back pain relief to treating and preventing scoliosis, sciatica, and muscular tension, chiropractic treatment offers a great way to improve your overall health and well-being.


When you visit a chiropractor, they’ll do a physical examination and ask about your familial and personal history to determine the specific chiropractic adjustment that fits your treatment plan. Read on to learn about the different types of chiropractic adjustments available and what they do.


Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is a chiropractic adjustment technique whereby a chiropractor uses their hands to gently apply a controlled thrust or force to your spinal joints. Its aim is to reduce subluxation and misalignments of the spine to reduce inflammation, improve nerve function, and initiate your body’s natural healing process.


The Diversified Technique

The diversified technique is considered the most effective chiropractic adjustment technique when it comes to aligning the spine, restoring proper movement, and repairing joint dysfunction. Your chiropractor will use this technique to enable your nervous system to function optimally and ensure better communication throughout your brain and spinal cord. It offers a natural alternative to surgery when dealing with a joint that’s out of place, rib pain, back pain, neck pain, and sports injuries.


Thompson Drop-Table Technique

The Thompson Drop-Table technique is a full-spine chiropractic adjustment technique that utilizes a special table featuring padded platforms with drop mechanisms that allow your chiropractor to thrust on the area of your spine being treated using low-amplitude, high-velocity, and low-force adjustments. The purpose of the drop table is to protect patients from being over-adjusted.

This chiropractic adjustment method is effective in restoring normal nerve function, providing relief from pain, and improving overall health and well-being.


The Gonstead Adjustment

The Gonstead adjustment technique focuses on addressing only the specific areas of vertebral subluxation. It’s the goal of your chiropractor to be as accurate, precise, and specific as possible in locating and correcting any misalignments affecting the normal functioning of your nervous system.


This adjustment technique is specifically designed for patients with spine-related issues and guarantees painless, accurate adjustments followed by quick recovery, without any adverse events.


Flexion Distraction

The focus of Flexion Distraction manipulation is to decompress your spinal disc and nerves by gently flexing and stretching the spinal muscles and segments around the affected area. Patients with herniated discs as well as those suffering from extreme back pain have a real appreciation for this chiropractic adjustment technique.


Not only does it relieve spine pain and improves mobility and range of motion but also

decreases the bulging of herniated discs and promotes good disc health. It’s also worth mentioning that the technique doesn’t require patients to engage their muscles or actively move in any way. As such, your chiropractor can stretch your muscles and spinal segments with spasms, or any active movements from your body.

The Activator Method

The activator method often involves your chiropractor using a spring-loaded, hand-held device called the “activator” to administer quick, low-force impulse or pressure at specific points of your spine. It helps your chiropractor perform effective treatments that help alleviate all sorts of pinched nerves, headaches, back pain, and other spine-related problems.

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