Adjustments, also known as spinal manipulation or joint manipulation, are the primary chiropractic treatment method for pain and restricted motions.
Manipulative therapy relieves joint stresses and muscle tension, and aids nerve function. It has been around since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Modern chiropractic has developed over the last 100 years. And today, chiropractic care is used not only for musculoskeletal conditions but to support people who experience other aggravations such as headaches, allergies, cramps, sluggish elimination, poor sleep and other complaints.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are dozens of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Some practitioners may use more force and others, less. Regardless of how they are performed, chiropractic techniques are intended to aid joint function by assisting normal motion, easing pain and reducing joint inflammation.
At Alternative Health and Allergy, the doctor uses a gentle approach. Primary techniques include instrument assisted manipulative treatments. Activator and Impulse are two FDA registered devices utilized which produce specific, controlled force, delivering effective yet comfortable adjustments. The doctor also has a special table with pieces that move to increase the speed and ease of manual adjustments without excess bending and twisting. At times, the doctor may also use hands only adjustments, but with reduced force and minimal rotation. Techniques are selected based on the patient's needs and with his or her comfort in mind. The doctor will explain which techniques are recommended and check that you are in agreement with the type of care suggested.
Chiropractic adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body performing at its best. When the structure is maintained, you feel and function better!