SPINAL MANIPULATION + ADJUSTMENT (3 REGIONS):
Chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a procedure where a sudden and controlled force is applied to a spinal joint by trained specialists, i.e. chiropractors, using their hands or a small instrument. The aim of chiropractic adjustment is to correct the structural alignment of the spine and enhance the body’s physical functioning.
Indications for Chiropractic Adjustment:
Chiropractic neck adjustment is done for neck pain. Low back pain and headache are other common problems in which chiropractic adjustment is done.
Chiropractic care is believes in the following concepts:
- The human body has a natural ability to heal itself.
- The body’s structure comprising of nerves, bones, joints and muscles and the capacity for healthy function are closely related.
- Chiropractic treatment helps in balancing the body’s structure and function and boosts self-healing.
Risks of Chiropractic Adjustment:
Chiropractic adjustment when done by a trained and professional therapist is very safe and effective. Serious side effects of chiropractic adjustment are rare. Some of them include:
- Disc herniation.
- Nerve compression resulting in pain, weakness, loss of sensation in legs, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
- Stroke (vertebral artery dissection) after manipulation of the neck.
Chiropractic adjustments are contraindicated in the following conditions:
- Tingling, numbness or loss of strength in an arm or leg.
- Cancer or tumor of the spine.
- If the patient has an increased risk of stroke.
- If the spine is unstable or uneven.
During the chiropractic adjustment:
At the initial visit, the chiropractor will ask many questions about an individual’s health history and performs a physical exam paying special attention to the spine. Other examinations or tests, such as X-rays may also be recommended by the chiropractor.
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, the patient is placed in a specific position in order to treat the affected areas. Lying face down is the most common position used. The patient is made to lie on a specially designed and a padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor uses his/ her hands to apply a sudden and controlled force/pressure to a joint which pushes it beyond its normal range of motion. Popping or cracking sounds may be audible as the chiropractor applies pressure on the joints during the adjustment session.
Other Additional therapies which are recommended along with chiropractic adjustment are:
- Ice or heat application
- Electrical stimulation
- Losing weight
Post Chiropractic Adjustment:
Some individuals may experience minor side effects for some days after chiropractic adjustment such as headache, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated. This will subside in a few days.
Results of Chiropractic Adjustment:
Chiropractic adjustment can do wonders in treating low back pain, headaches and other spine-related conditions like neck pain. Every patient may not respond positively to the chiropractic adjustments. The results depend on the patient’s condition. If the symptoms persist even after several weeks of treatments, then it is an indication that chiropractic adjustment may not be the best treatment option for you.
Activator Method Chiropractic Technique:
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique® is a diagnostic and treatment system used by some chiropractors to treat many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches (both chronic and migraine).
The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.
It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, known as the high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust.
Next to the Diversified technique, the Activator Adjusting Instrument is reported to be the most common therapeutic intervention used by chiropractors.
- According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, more than half of full-time American chiropractors report using the Activator Method in their practices.
- The Activator Method is also commonly used in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
How the Activator Method is Thought to Work
- The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a type of manipulation described as follows:
- A spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument provides a quick, low-force impulse at specific points.
- There are two theoretical advantages of an Activator instrument-assisted treatment. The first is based on the speed of the device. The instrument is so quick that the body’s muscles are less likely to tense in response, and resist the treatment. The lack of muscle resistance may facilitate the treatment effectiveness. The second is that the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.