How Exactly Does A Chiropractor Adjust Your Spine?

If you’ve ever had an adjustment from a chiropractor to ease aches and pains and address injury, you likely see the validity of care that you’ve received. Chiropractic care is a form of skeletal adjustment that helps to restore joint mobility and function and restore health to the central nervous system. Chiropractors help patients to maintain their health while avoiding prescription drugs or surgery. 

What Methods Does A Chiropractor Use To Align Your Spine?

If you are nervous about undergoing chiropractic treatment, there are a number of methods that can be used to ease you into the world of spinal manipulation. The following methods of alignment are most common and are often used in combination with one another to provide the most comprehensive care:

  1. Gonstead technique

The Gonstead technique is a method of hands-on chiropractic adjustment, allowing for the realignment of the lower back and pelvis as the patient lies on his or her side. This movement is used to realign the lower lumbar region, reduce pain and stiffness, and promote better mobility. Gonstead manipulation is also used to realign and reduce swelling in the hips.

  1. Activator technique

For those who are still squeamish about receiving a full-on adjustment, the activator technique is a good way to experience relief from a chiropractic adjustment without large scale spinal manipulation. The activator is a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers gentle pressure to the spine, extremities, low back, and anywhere else a patient is experiencing discomfort. The activator is an excellent choice for children and seniors who need a little gentler touch.

  1. Flexion distraction

Decompression manipulation is a common therapeutic choice for those experiencing herniated discs, joint pain, and scoliosis. Rather than a pressurized adjustment, patients feel a gentle expansion and stretching sensation as extremities and the spine are stretched and manipulated in a different way.

  1. Drop table technique

In the “Thompson” technique, a special table is used to add to the effectiveness of thrusting motions made by the chiropractor. Portions of the table are raised, then quickly dropped or lowered in combination with a manipulation movement performed by the chiropractor. The result is a more effective, less noticeable correction of a subluxation without any discomfort to you, the patient.

  1. Diversified technique

This form of manipulation is closely connected to the Gonstead technique. A combination of hands-on thrusts and pressure are applied to areas of the body needing adjustment. The goal of the diversified technique is to restore balance and mobility to the spine, thus affecting all other areas of the body. If you have any reservations about the type of care you are going to receive when visiting a chiropractor, begin by having a question/answer session with your doctor.

Tell them what you are needing, and share your fears about receiving care. With a little knowledge and a demonstration of what a chiropractor can do for you, it is likely that you will be moving forward with care and without hesitation. Here’s to a happier, healthier, more well adjusted you! Contact us at Gateway Rehab & Wellness Center today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What Should I Tell My Physical Therapist?

If you have never been to a physical therapist before you may have some questions about your care and expectations. Here are some general questions and points about physical therapy you may want to talk about during your initial evaluation.

It's Not "Just" Sciatic

Sciatic pain is caused when pressure is put on the sciatic nerve. This happens when a herniated disc is pressing on the nerve or from spinal stenosis which is the narrowing of the spinal canal. It typically effects only one side of the body.

6 Way Physical Therapy Can Help Your Back Pain

Nothing reminds you of your age like an achy back. All of a sudden, even restful activities, such as sleeping or hanging out on your couch can feel uncomfortable. You’ve tried everything: more pillows, a new mattress, switching sleeping positions. So what

Improve Health With These 5 Stretching Benefits

Do your joints and muscles frequently feel stiff and achy, especially after a long day at work or a tough workout? Are you exercising regularly but not seeing the improvements you want? If you’re not regularly stretching, this could explain why!