The Chiropractic Adjustment-Defined

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The Chiropractic Adjustment Defined

The chiropractic adjustment is unique to the chiropractic profession.

The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to release the body’s inner healing power by applying a force to a specific vertebrae that is “out of alignment” or not moving properly. Vertebrae can become stuck or fixated in a position that causes dysfunction in the spine, muscles, and nerves.

There are many, many ways to apply this force (100s within the profession).

In my practice, I use a combination of 4 different types of forces depending on which one is best for the patient. I determine what technique to use based on the patient’s history, what is going on in a particular vertebrae or joint, and my experience.

Most of my school training was in a technique called Diversified (at the time this was the only technique taught at my school so I got pretty good at it.) Diversified, also known as manual adjusting, is a technique where the joint is moved manually with the chiropractor’s hand. Sometimes an audible pop is heard. I use this technique about 35% of the time in practice. It is a technique that works well for a lot of patients (including myself) but it’s not a technique that works for everyone and its contraindicated for many as well. Therefore about 65% of the time I use the other 3 techniques.

The second technique I use is the Activator technique. This technique involves the use of a tool with adjustable force. This tool, when released, gives a quick tap to the fixated vertebrae. No audible pop is heard.

The third uses a drop table and speeder board. The patient lays on the table which has a section or board that lifts up and then drops when the chiropractor applies a light force. Both of these tools use gravity to help with the adjustment.

The fourth way is actually using a variety of very gentle techniques that I have learned over time. They involve direct non-force techniques where a sustained contact on the vertebrae is held using the chiropractor’s thumb, finger or foam block while the patient breathes and slowly the vertebrae releases. I may also apply very light adjustments to the cranial plates accessed through the head and jaw.

Most visits involve a combination of the techniques depending on your specific needs.

When you come to see me be sure to mention, if you’ve had a chiropractic adjustment before, and if you’ve had success or failure with a particular technique in the past. I want to know and figure out what works for your particular body so we can help you move more easily.

Remember, one of the things about your body is that it will do most of the its healing after the chiropractic adjustment is applied. It may take a few days to feel the effects to the fullest. Let’s help it heal with the easiest force we can.

I look forward to meeting you soon,

Dr. Sarah