There are a wide variety of techniques chiropractors may use to treat a patient. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose irregularities in spinal structure and typically use manipulation of the spine (generally known as an "adjustment") to re-align irregularities in the spine. The most common types of adjustment technigues (or manipulation) doctors in our clinic use are:
This is a hand-held,spring-loaded instrument-based manipulation/adjustment protocol. Instead of the manipulating/adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. Activator can be used as a primary treatment protocol for all patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation/adjustment or
where manual manipulation/adjustment may be contraindicated.
Advanced Biostructural Correction (ABC)
ABC is a holistic method that utilizes a series of corrections to your skeletal system and soft tissues that restores your body’s basic balance and ability to function.
This is an approach
to chiropractic treatment in which several
specific procedures may be combined.
Diversified manipulative/ adjusting
techniques may be used with nutritional
interventions, together with light massage of
various points referred to as neurolymphatic
and neurovascular points.
This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/ adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught at chiropractic schools. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a highvelocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body
Extremity Manipulation / Adjustment Technique
This is the application of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment to joints other than those of the spine, i.e., shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand/finger, hip, knee, ankle/foot/toe. Examples of conditions treated by extremity manipulation/ adjustment: carpal tunnel syndrome, gait, or posture-related problems.
This is a specific chiropractic technique and is a variation of the Diversified technique that utilizes manipulation/adjustment by hand that usually results in joint cavitation. X-ray analysis, palpation, and temperature gradient studies may be used in clinical decision-making (i.e., what segment(s) to manipulate/adjust).
NeuroMuscular Reeducation (NMR)
NMR is a hand-on therapeutic technique used to improve balance, coordination, posture, kinesthetic sense, and proprioception by reeducation of the neuromuscular system.
A compilation of various techniques integrated into a specific system for evaluating and treating spinal health. The technique was developed at Palmer College and utilizes components of many well-known chiropractic techniques.
Thompson Terminal Point
This is a specific
chiropractic method and is a variation of the
Diversified technique that uses a special
table with several segments called drop
pieces. These segments can be cocked up
a fraction of an inch, so when the thrust is
delivered, the table will drop this fraction of
an inch. The drop pieces assist the thrust
while minimizing the force used for the
manipulation/ adjustment. Cavitation of the
joint may or may not occur.
Webster technique is designed specifically as a safe method for optimum pelvic balance in pregnant mothers. Aberrant biomechanics of the pelvis are corrected using low-force chiropractic adjustments to the sacrum.
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