Our body’s structure is there to ensure everything is aligned and functioning properly. When even one part of that structure goes wrong, a chain of reaction from your body begins. You start experiencing pain, discomfort and other symptoms to different parts of your body and you develop more health issues. Here are the different techniques that chiropractors use to treat irregularities on your spine and other parts of your body.
1. Direct Thrust Technique
Or better known as spinal manipulation. This technique concentrates on correcting subluxations on the spine which often restricts motion and cause pain in the patient by applying quick and controlled thrust on the affected vertebrae. This technique is very famous for the audible popping sound every thrust, but don’t worry because that’s just gas trapped between the joints being released.
2. Spinal Mobilization
This type of chiropractic adjustment is done by utilizing gradual movements like gentle stretches to encourage proper alignment as well as improve mobility. This is great for patients with conditions like osteoporosis, which are often seniors, because it achieves the goal without using too much force on their already frail body.
If you have injured joints where you’re most likely to be having difficulty with moving the injured joint, articulatory is a form of chiropractic adjustment that restores the injury while helping you with the stiffness that comes with it. Chiropractors administer this by slowly moves the arm, leg, or other extremity through its range of motions while applying force.
4. Myofascial Release
Myofascial tissue covers, supports, and connects the body’s muscles. When a muscle is being contracted repeatedly when doing an activity that requires repetitive motion on a specific area of the body, muscles get strained and this tissue tightens and cause pain throughout the muscle. To treat this, chiropractors use a type of therapy called Myofascial release find the stiff areas and then apply pressure to those to loosen them up, encourage movement, and relieve the pain.
5. Muscle Energy Technique
Just like Myofascial release, this technique targets stiff areas in your body. However, this type of chiropractic adjustment is more active compared to Myofascial release. How? Well, the patient contracts the affected muscle and the chiropractor applies counter pressure. So basically, both the patient and the specialist are taking part in the treatment. The muscle contraction is performed by the patient 3 to 5 times in a row in the hopes to stretch the muscle further each time. This results to strengthened previously weak areas, released trigger points, improved mobility, flexibility and blood flow to promote healing and reduced pain.
6. Indirect Positional Technique
Most people nowadays work hard at the gym to tone their muscles, but did you know that too much muscle tone is actually bad for you? It can lead to tightness and pain which indirect positional technique can correct and help regain full range of motion. To achieve this goal, the chiropractor will hold the joint in a neutral position before applying specific force. This can be done to either lengthen the muscle or release tightness and restore muscle’s healthy condition.
7. Cervical Spine Manipulation
Although there are people who are a bit skeptical about manipulating the neck area, it has been observed that many patients experiences relief from not just neck pain but as well as upper back, and shoulder/arm pain, and headaches after receiving cervical spine manipulation. The chiropractor uses the same direct thrust technique but just more gentle. Your neck is flexible and supports the weight of your head, so it can be vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain and restrict motion, but manual manipulation is an effective way to correct misalignments that may be causing the injury and reduce the pain in the process. But, of course, this can only be done after a thorough analysis of your medical history and tests results from X-ray, CT, MRI, EMG/NCV, laboratory blood urine analysis, or more depending on your individual case presentation.
8. Functional Technique
This technique, like other chiropractic adjustments, is intricate and meticulous which is why the practitioner should have in-depth knowledge of the body’s system in order to be performed safely and effectively. Why? That’s because this technique is performed by moving the joint through its natural range of motion using gentle force. The moment the restriction is found, the chiropractor will hold the joint at the point of restriction until it releases.