Among the various chiropractic methods, the chiropractic adjustment is used to correct the spinal subluxations detected during the examination. To do that, the doctor applies pressure to the bone and “unlocks” it from its improper position. The bone will then be free to align itself correctly.
Many people think that the chiropractor forces a vertebra back into its “proper” place. But only the individual’s own Innate Intelligence knows for sure what the proper place for each bone is. The proper chiropractor method is to free up the vertebrae. Then, the body can do its job and put them back in the correct position.
Unfortunately, the muscles connected to subluxated vertebrae get used to their positions and have a tendency to pull the bone back out of place. It may take several adjustments before the adjustment “holds,” and the bone settles into its proper alignment. - World Chiropractic Alliance
Various Chiropractic Methods
o Manual adjusting describes the use of the doctors’ hands to deliver a load (force) to specific regions of the spine and extremities. This technique may vary in its velocity, amplitude, duration, frequency, and body location, however, the end result is to elicit a neurological affect by improving the alignment, motion and/or function of a vertebral joint in order to improve neurological firing patterns which will decrease pain and help increase range of motion, speed up recovery time and improve biomechanical function.
o Flexion-Distraction technique uses a special table that puts the body through forward and lateral flexion as well as circumduction at the waist. These motions are done in conjunction with a long axis distraction.
o These movements, guided by the hands of a chiropractic physician, are used to create a specific effect to allow a disc to return to its normal height or a joint to its normal range of motion. This technique is often utilized to treat lumbar disc injuries, spinal canal stenosis, sciatica and spondylolisthesis by increasing disc height and reducing disc pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves and tissue. This table is also excellent in lengthening chronically contracted musculature of the low back.
o The Arthrostim Instrument delivers input into the nervous system by generating 12-14 incremental thrusts per second. By dividing the energy of a single thrust into rapid successive inputs, the Arthrostim Instrument modulates the peak force. What this means for you is that I am able to deliver an extremely comfortable, highly precise and effective adjustment to the area. The instrument is able to deliver more rapid pulses than human hands are able to and directs the input exactly where it needs to go for the best results.
The secret to the instrument’s effectiveness comes from its controlled repetitive input. This input produces a cumulative “snowballing” type effect on neural receptors. This permits the Arthrostim Instrument to create extensive neurological feedback to the brain, using greatly reduced amounts of force. By utilizing controlled, incremental thrusts, the Arthrostim Instrument is also able to stimulate specific neural receptors (mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors) without activating undesirable pain receptors. The Arthrostim permits me to maintain the effectiveness of your adjustment while reducing the amount of force that is applied to your body. This dynamic combination allows me as the practitioner to comfortably manage a wider range of conditions.
o The Pulstar utilizes computer based technology that analyzes the spin using a gentle tapping motion in order to find regions of stiffness. The Pulstar is then used to deliver a gentle, specific adjustment to the intended areas of restriction.