Are all Chiropractic Patients Adjusted the Same Way?

A common questions among people both familiar and unfamiliar with chiropractic care is, “Are all chiropractic patients adjusted the same way?”

The short answer to this questions is a resounding ‘no,’ but this article would be very unhelpful if it stopped here. Luckily, we’re going to explore the scientific reasoning behind the answer and uncover some secrets about the wonder that is chiropractic care.

Let’s start by defining chiropractic!

The Essence of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is the healthcare discipline that deals with the treatment and prevention of health disorders related to the nervous system, spine, muscles, soft tissues, ligaments, tendons, and joints. The techniques utilized are hands-on and non-invasive, and are designed to help the body heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. 

The overall objective of chiropractic is to locate and eliminate subluxations, which are distortions in the spinal column, from the body so the body can restore itself to optimum condition. 

Chiropractic care is most frequently administered by a doctor of chiropractic. Doctors of chiropractic (DC) are trained to treat all types of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including neck pain, back pain, headaches, joint pain, and much more. Chiropractors are considered primary care practitioners with a broad set of diagnostic skills, and who are trained to recommend rehabilitative/therapeutic exercises, lifestyle advice, dietary tips, and general nutritional counseling.

While chiropractors are considered primary care physicians, the way they go about treating health issues differs from any other specialist in the field of healthcare. For instance, chiropractors use a holistic approach when evaluating and treating patients. This means chiropractors treat the overall cause rather than just treating the symptoms. The techniques employed by chiropractic experts do not involve the use of any invasive procedures or drugs. Instead, trained chiropractic specialists rely on their hands to apply a controlled force to those points of the body that have limited mobility. This is called spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment. The goal of the technique is to rectify structural alignments to get rid of the main issue and improve the overall function of the body.

In contrast, medical doctors tend to focus more on treating the symptoms.

The overarching concept behind chiropractic care is based on the belief that the ability to function normally is closely connected to the physical structure of the body, which includes the nerves, joints, bones, and muscles. This health care discipline does not aim to simply treat your back pain or neck pain in isolation. Rather, it aims to help by promoting self-healing by bringing about a balance between the structure of the body and the way it functions.

Overall, chiropractic is born from the concept that the body has the natural ability to heal itself.

One of the reasons why chiropractic care has been gaining more recognition recently is because people are slowly realizing that this is a safe way to manage or treat their pain and discomfort without having to resort to invasive techniques or expensive medications.

Doctor of chiropractic adjusting a female patient

Adjusting Your Perception of a Chiropractic Adjustment

A chiropractic adjustment is a safe and natural procedure used by doctors of chiropractic to restore and improve a person’s health. The art and science behind the adjustment takes years of study and practice. In fact, chiropractors are the only highly-trained healthcare specialists that perform adjustments.

Having said that, there are over 100 different ways to adjust a person. The way a person is adjusted depends on their health history, their unique health condition, and the chiropractor’s technique. Although there are over 100 different methods to adjust a person, most chiropractors rely on only five adjustment techniques.

The 5 Most Common Adjustment Techniques

1.) Gonstead Technique

This hands-on technique often involves adjusting the low back or pelvis as the patient lies on their side. Chiropractors use it to realign joints, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility.

2.) Activator Technique

In this technique, the chiropractor utilizes a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a gentle impulse into the vertebral segments of the spine or the extremities. The force feels like a light thumping sensation when used to treat everything from low back pain to certain types of headaches, like migraines.

3.) Flexion Distraction

Also called Cox Technique or decompression manipulation, it’s used in more than half of all chiropractic clinics, and a method of choice when treating disc herniations, facet joint pain, scoliosis, and other conditions.

4.) Thompson/Drop Table Technique

This mode of adjustment involves a specially adapted table with padded platforms designed to drop a fraction of an inch when the chiropractor applies a quick thrust to make an adjustment. The subtle dropping motion, which patients feel as vibration, makes it very comfortable for most patients.

5.) Diversified Technique

Also employed to adjust the spine and extremities, this feels similar to the Gonstead technique. It’s considered the most widely used technique involving very precise hands-on thrusts aimed at restoring proper movement and alignment to the spine.

Keep in mind that while these techniques are the most common, there are many more ways a chiropractor can perform an adjustment. Furthermore, chiropractors often use more than one adjustment technique.

A doctor of chiropractic performing a low back adjustment on a male patient

How Does a Chiropractor Determine Which Area of the Body to Adjust?

How the chiropractor chooses to run his or her practice determines how they decide where the adjustment needs to be administered. For example, some chiropractic professionals will adjust a patient without a consultation, examination, or X-rays. However, this is not the best way to go about providing chiropractic treatments.

At Hamby Chiropractic & Wellness in Rincon, Georgia our doctors of chiropractic take a more alternative, holistic approach.

Upon entering Hamby Chiropractic & Wellness you will be asked to fill out paper work that will provide our chiropractors with the necessary information they need, such as your health history, health condition, and reason for visitation.

After you complete the forms, you will have the opportunity to sit down with our chiropractors one-on-one. During the conversation our doctors of chiropractic will talk to you about your health condition, health history, and ask you if you have any questions or concerns.

Then, you will be taken into an exam room where our chiropractic team will take X-rays and run a few tests.

Finally, you will be able to experience a chiropractic adjustment first-hand. If the chiropractor deems it necessary, you may also undergo various physiotherapies in conjunction with your adjustment. On the way out our chiropractors will discuss their recommended custom treatment plans and payment options.

Hamby Chiropractic & Wellness operates in this way to ensure the highest quality chiropractic solutions and customer service.

The Benefits of a Chiropractic Adjustment

There is a multitude of benefits when it comes to getting adjusted, but below are the most common we hear about:

  • Spinal and extremity pain relief
  • Headache relief
  • Increased mobility and range of motion
  • Decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
  • Arthritic joint pain relief
  • Increased joint health
  • Increased performance and energy
  • Increased sense of well-being and relaxation
  • Increased balance and coordination
  • Reduced degeneration and risk of injury
  • Enhanced tissue healing
  • Decreased tissue inflammation

As you can see there is a lot that goes into receiving a chiropractic adjustment. It’s not just a simple snap, crackle, and pop. It is a tailored art and science that takes time to perfect. Each chiropractor has a unique way of treating each unique patient that walks into their clinic. Although it may seem like each adjustment is the same, like us each one is a little different.

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