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Spinal Adjusting

Spinal adjusting is the primary form of care that chiropractic is based upon. Over time numerous adjusting techniques or methods have been developed. Some are well founded and some not. This can create confusion among patients on which chiropractor to choose. So we offer this information to help you. Methods vary based on their analysis of the problem and manner by which the spine is adjusted, manually by hand or instrument assisted adjusting. No one technique works for all conditions or patients.

Extremity Adjusting

Adjusting extremities is relatively new in the chiropractic world. Some chiropractors have implemented extremity adjustments in addition to other treatments such as spinal adjustment or soft tissue work. Extremities include: shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles, which are troublesome areas for many patients. These adjustments, more often than not, provide immediate noticeable relief.

Manual Adjusting

Our primary method of "hands-on" adjusting is Diversified technique. This is the most common technique used by chiropractors. This type of adjusting creates the characteristic "popping" of joints. This popping has nothing to do with the vertebrae moving into or out of alignment. Popping happens when the joint space gaps at a certain speed. This creates a momentary vacuum within the joint and the lubricating synovial fluid releases a bubble of gas. The technical term for this process is cavitation. Do this faster or slower or with lesser gapping and no pop occurs. Popping does not mean the vertebrae are going back into alignment. While the popping sound may be reassuring that something has happened, research indicates that patients respond no better than when no popping occurs. Instrument Assisted Adjusting: This is a technique used for patients who are nervous about manual adjusting. Patients often remark that it is relaxing. It uses gentle rapid impulses to restore normal joint motion. Patients that don't like to hear joints pop, or don't like the twisting of manual adjustments will like this method. It has the additional advantage that patients can be checked and adjusted while standing, sitting or lying down.

Spinal Decompression

We use a method of spinal decompression developed and researched by Dr. James Cox and often referred to as Cox technique or flexion distraction. It was developed initially to treat herniated lumbar discs and has been adapted to treat cervical disc conditions as well (Cox link). It can also be effective for stenosis. With use of a special table the spine is gently stretched/distracted/tractioned/decompressed while it is slightly flexed. The decompression effect can be very specifically applied which gives it significant advantages over other forms of traction. Herniated discs can be decompressed helping reduce the size of the herniation that in turn pinches the nearby nerve. Treatments are repeated while the disc heals. The same forces that decompress the discs by distracting or slightly separating the vertebrae also enlarge the nerve openings and stretch thickened ligaments. This mechanism can provide relief for stenosis. Cox technique is readily covered by insurances like other adjusting methods are. Other forms of decompression are often considered investigational and not covered by insurance.