On a daily basis, the human spine can be subjected to activities like gardening, sports or even a brisk walk in the morning. However, if the spine becomes misaligned from activities such as continuous over exertion, aging, scoliosis, whiplash caused by an automobile accident or sciatica, the end result may be excruciating back or neck pain. This can have a detrimental outcome on one’s mobility and overall health. By visiting a qualified chiropractor, the pressure that is placed on nerve endings located in the spinal column can be relieved to restore mobility. The practice used by chiropractors to realign the spinal column is commonly referred as an “adjustment” which is strategically applying pressure near the area in which the spine has become misaligned. Let’s further examine the methods and techniques used in chiropractic care to help relieve misalignments.
One of the many benefits of visiting a chiropractor is the therapeutic alternative approach to realign the spine without the use of prescription medication. Additionally, many procedures used in chiropractic care can occur standing, lying down or sitting.
Some of the most commonly used techniques to perform spinal subluxation adjustments include:
Activator Method — this method uses a hand-held instrument that provides a gentle impulse of force to the spine in order to restore mobility when placed on a targeted area in the joint or vertebra.
Myofascial Release — commonly performed via massage, the goal of this method is to target trigger points in the myofascial tissue in order to relieve the stress that causes a stiff back or neck.
Logan Basic — this method uses the force of concurrent light which is placed directly on the ligaments located on the sacrum in order to reduce symptoms and pain. This method is even gentle enough to use on children.
Extremity Manipulating — this method is a popular selection for the correction of carpal tunnel syndrome and issues relating to symptoms due to poor posture. By applying pressure to joints such as the hip, knee, elbow or shoulder pain in the spinal column can be relieved.
No matter the symptom or age, a chiropractor will develop a chiropractic plan of care that will include the appropriate techniques, will correct spinal misalignment and create greater mobility, pain relief, the restoration of the body and the return to a more active lifestyle.