Chiropractic Adjustment or spinal adjustment is one of the techniques invented by Daniel David Palmer, founder of Chiropractic in the 19th century. This technique is known to be the most effective treatment for lower back pains, making it the commonly used technique by chiropractors.
Chiropractic Adjustment works by manipulating the vertebrae that fail to function normally causing pains to affected areas. A highly skilled and precise movement is then applied by hand to a specific joint in your body — this manipulation will then loosen the joint and restores its proper movement and function.
A lot of things we do everyday often causes back pains and spines being misaligned. An adjustment can do good in re-aligning your joints, making significant improvements not only in your movements, but also in your nervous system. Also, it has been proven to help patients feel more relaxed and flexible
What are the Types of Chiropractic Adjustments?
Chiropractic Adjustment also has several types of techniques. These are used by chiropractors in combination depending on the severity of complications per patient. The most commonly used techniques in chiropractic are the following:
1. Gonstead Technique
Using the hand, patient lies on his/her side as adjustments to the lower back and pelvis are done. Chiropractors use it to realign joints, reduce pain and stiffness then loosens the joints to increase mobility. This technique is widely used since it is widely taught to chiropractic students during their early education and training process.
2. Activator Technique
Chiropractic Adjustment using Activator Techniques makes use of a handheld device that delivers a gentle impulse, stimulating certain points on the spine and other extremities. The handheld device produces light pounding in the body, treating low back pains and certain types of headaches. This technique is often used for seniors as they feel more comfortable with it.
3. Flexion Distraction
This technique is used by most chiropractic clinics — a great choice when dealing with problems like joint pains, disc herniation, scoliosis, and other conditions of the lumbar spine. This treatment uses a specially designed adjusting table, allowing chiropractors to gently perform a stretching motion to patients.
4. Drop Table Technique
This chiropractic adjustment technique uses a specially designed table that has padded platforms and can be adjusted to allow chiropractor to apply a quick push to make an adjustment. The dropping motion which causes patients to feel sort of vibration makes them feel more comfortable in the spines and other extremities.
5. Diversified Technique
This technique is much likely the same as the Gonstead and is also widely used by chiropractors. This type of chiropractic adjustment involves precise hand-on thrusts which aim to restore proper movement and spine alignment. The high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts results in joint cavitation causing the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic adjustment.