There is a multitude of chiropractic techniques for spinal alignment. They are used by chiropractors all over the world. All chiropractors have their favorite and specific techniques that they utilize. Depending on how long they have been practicing they can have five to ten different approaches or more refined techniques from years of experience.
The focus of these chiropractic techniques is to get the body back to optimal health and allow the body to heal itself naturally. As the body gets restored joint function is enhanced, muscle tension is released, and inflammation and pain are alleviated.
Various approaches use a form of force, hence the manipulation of the spine. The chiropractic adjustment technique that is the most common is spinal manipulation. It can also be called the diversified technique or HVLA – high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust.
However, chiropractic techniques are continually evolving. This comes from creating variations on existing techniques, a combination of techniques, or the chiropractor needs to adjust/tweak their own specific technique/s because they begin to suffer overuse injury/s from the constant adjusting, pushing, thrusting motions. Most techniques are named after the chiropractor that developed the method. These are the most common spinal manipulation techniques currently in use.
Chiropractic adapts to the condition/s and specific needs of each individual. Treatment plans can involve a forceful approach and a gentler force technique. This could happen during the same visit or the treatment plan could be half forceful adjustments, that could range from 6 to 10 visits, with the final visits using the gentle approach.
This is the High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust technique. The most frequently used chiropractic technique. This is the manipulation that most are familiar with because of the audible pop that results. This is from the chiropractor’s hands applying a controlled quick forceful thrust to the spine while the body is positioned in a specific way.
This is the Low-Force/Gentle Chiropractic Technique. These techniques are for individuals that require a gentler approach. The technique is known as spinal mobilization. This approach could be utilized due to:
- Underlying conditions like Osteoporosis for example
- Size of the patient – a baby or child for example
- Patient’s comfort
- The patient prefers the gentle approach
Some chiropractors prefer and/or specialize in mild spinal mobilization techniques. These are techniques that do not involve twisting the body or using forceful thrusts. Along with spinal mobilization, chiropractors often employ complementary therapy, as part of an overall treatment plan. This could be:
- Physical therapy
- Electric stimulation
Individuals need to discuss symptoms and preferences with the chiropractor. It is their role to perform a thorough examination to determine the most optimal treatment plan satisfactory to the patient. Chiropractors are not the only health care providers who utilize spinal manipulation for back pain. Osteopathic physicians can also provide types of spinal adjustments. Physical and massage therapists often work with chiropractors with continued treatment. They are fully trained in providing spinal therapy as well.
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