The main objective of any chiropractic adjustment is to ensure proper functioning and alignment of the joints, skeleton and the spinal column. The activity involves the natural healing of the body while ensuring an effective range of motion in all the movable parts. Problems such as backaches, headaches, and pains in the joint are often linked to misalignment of the muscles and stiffness in joints. The only remedy to these problems is through therapy with a chiropractor not forgetting the diet and lifestyle, which contributes to the success of the chiropractic adjustments. Below is an outline of the type of services offered in chiropractic adjustments program.
Direct Thrust Technique
This is the most common chiropractic adjustment where low amplitude and high-velocity thrust comes in use. With these two aspects, it is swift and encourages proper alignment of the vertebrae, which is the cause of pain and restricts motion of the patient. It is this technique that a cracking sound is always heard which is a non-issue to worry about since it is the release of a gas that had been trapped in the joint. The sound results from the joint movement signifying a change in pressure. This technique does not involve much pain or discomfort to the patient. The pressure may be applied using hands or any other instrument that can safely apply pressure. However, this has to be done by qualified therapist or practitioner to ensure nothing goes out of hand.
This is a gentler approach done to patients with conditions such as osteoporosis. It entails slow movements with gentle stretches; firm pressure also applies in this case as opposed to direct thrust. In this way, it encourages the spinal column to stick rightfully to its place. They serve the same goal of proper alignment of the spinal column only that the approach used is different in both cases.
This type of adjustment targets an injured joint and the goal is to restore full motion of the affected parts. It entails slowly moving the leg, arm or any other essential part while applying force in some range of motions. This movement helps to remedy the stiffness and numbness of the affected joints to improve on mobility.
As the name suggests, these chiropractic adjustments focus on the myofascial tissue. This tissue is typically a membrane that supports, covers, and connects the muscles of the body. When you apply any type of stress to this myofascial tissue, it causes muscle stiffness or numbness that translates later to pain. This therapy is also done in form of a massage and the chiropractor uncovers the stiff area, which at most times is located at the trigger point. However, to some patients, numbness spreads to a bigger part making it hard to find the trigger point. In this case, the patient should work closely with the chiropractor to uncover the trigger point so that he/she can release the tension to diminish the pain. The stiffness can also restrict mobility in the joints and muscles that causes a problematic pain to most parts of the body. The chiropractor should find these numb areas and loosen the pressure in them allowing free movement and reduction in pain.
Muscle Energy Technique
This type of chiropractic adjustment is similar to myofascial release only that in this type, the patient participates to make the therapy a success. The patient applies stress using his/her muscles as specified by the chiropractor while he/she continues applying a counter-pressure. This is done severally with short periods of rest. In this way, the weakened areas strengthen while the mobility is improved. It also promotes flexibility and increases the rate of blood flow. The main objective is to reduce pain and provide full mobility to the affected area.
Indirect Positional Technique
This is done to correct hypertonic muscles and assist the environmental joints to regain full motion. These patients suffer from over-toned muscles or uneven distribution of muscles which most people think it is a cool thing but consequently not since it leads muscle tightness that translates to pain. The technique involves the practitioner holding the joint in a position of neutrality and applying a specific force to lengthen the muscles and release the tightness hence encouraging the patient to regain perfect health.
Cervical Spine Manipulation
The cervical spine is part of the neck and in case of any problems, it can lead to discomfort in the shoulders, back pains, headaches and reduced range of motion due to pain and stiffness. The chiropractor uses the same technique like in direct thrust but this time he/she manipulates the cervical spine to bring relief to the patient. The chiropractor can also use other techniques such as spinal mobilization.
This type of technique typically targets the joints. The main aim is to free them from any restriction and improve overall movements. The chiropractor uses gentle force to move the joints through a natural range of motion. In this way, he/she can be able to denote where the restriction is and try to release the tension in them, therefore, making the therapy successful.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that however easy this adjustments sound, it is a typical task and requires an in-depth understanding to perform them effectively and safely for it turn out a success. It is therefore advised that a qualified and professional practitioner should do all the work and you can only take part if you are a patient and given directions by the practitioner.