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Our Chiropractic Techniques
We use a number of highly-effective adjustment approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
Diversified Technique: special hand arrangement called a "pisiform contact" is used to deliver a specific thrust at the right place and the right time.
First, an analysis is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-rays pictures of you spine.
Next motion palpation, with the chiropractor felling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.
With the mal position of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight "popping" sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
Activator Instrument: The hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.
We use one of the most popular "low force" chiropractic techniques in the world.
The activator methods adjusting instrument is a hand-held spring-loading tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.
Because it's many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It's also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
Intersegmental Traction: We use Intersegmental Traction to gently stretch and elongate the muscles supporting your spine to enhance the retraining of your spine.
- Joint motion: As you lie relaxed, face up on our table, rollers beneath the surface slow travel up and down your spine. This adds motion to each spinal segment, the key to restoring improved spinal function.
- Improved circulation: The gentle stretching of supporting muscles and soft tissues increases oxygen and blood flow, essential for healing.
- Muscle relaxation: When muscles relax and spasms subside, healing and the recovery process from a spinal injury can be accelerated.
- Reduces swelling: New injuries are often accompanied by edema and fluid build up. Motion to spinal joints reduces this protective mechanism and sets the stage for better healing.
- Disc hydration: With blood supply to the discs almost nonexistent, disc nutrition and healing depend upon the circulation of fluids surrounding each joint. Traction helps circulate these fluids, supplying nutrition and removing cellular wastes.
- Passive exercise: Like stretching before a workout, intersegmental traction helps restore elasticity to muscles supporting the spine. This helps break up adhesions and scar tissue, making your chiropractic adjustments more effective.
- Feels great: You'll love the relaxation! Traction feels good, is good for you and is an important adjunctive procedure that enhances the effects of your chiropractic care.
These 10-15 minute sessions, either before or after your chiropractic adjustments, help retrain your spine, establish better support, improved mobility and reduce the effects of scar tissue.
In combination with chiropractic care, massage therapy can help improve circulation and muscle tone.
We recommend massage in combination with your chiropractic care. While chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and its impact on the nervous system, massage focuses on the 650 muscles of the body. Both disciplines work together to help keep the body in proper alignment, balance and function.
Massage has been shown to:
- Reduce the development of muscular patterning
- Improve posture and re-balance you body/mind
- Relieve pain in your muscles and joints
- Ease constipation, gas and heartburn
- Promote general relaxation
- Stimulate intestinal movement
- Eliminate excess fluid retention