Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic Adjustment

Whether you have pain due to an accident, sports related injury, or degeneration associated with aging, a chiropractor may be able to provide relief without medications or surgery. A chiropractor assesses the body for alignment and free movement of your joints by hand. Chiropractors use manual manipulation of the spine and joints in conjunction with lifestyle changes that allow the body to heal naturally.

People of all ages can greatly benefit from chiropractic care. Athletes, dancers, and even new born babies who suffer trauma during birth can be helped by a chiropractor by easing the vertebrae of the spine back into a comfortable position. Patients who are experiencing pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility due to age degeneration can find relief through chiropractic therapies and procedures. Chiropractic care has virtually no side effects and when coupled with nutritional advice and exercise, most patients are able to avoid prescription drugs, painkillers, or even invasive surgical procedures.

Many conditions benefit from chiropractic care and include but are not limited to:

  • Sports or auto accident related injuries
  • Back, neck and joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Stiffness and tightness
  • Loss of full range of motion
  • Muscle pain or cramps

Before your first adjustment, we’ll get a full health history from you. When we can determine exactly how your pain or discomfort started, we have a better idea of how we can help you.

Next, we will do a full exam. Even though you may be coming in for an injury to a specific area, other areas of your body may also need treatment due to compensation for your primary injury. Our office treats your body as a whole, so that we can help you experience your health to the best of your body’s ability.

On some occasions, patients cannot tolerate normal adjustment techniques either on a temporary or even permanent basis. Whether it’s due to nerves, pain intensity, or advancing age, we can employ different techniques for their treatment which applies gentle, low-pressure adjustments to specific points on the neck and back. We use an activator, which sounds a lot like a stapler. The activator specifically targets a certain part of your joint, and it applies a very fast, very gentle force to move the joint with a minimal amount of discomfort to you. We also use table drops, which are parts of the padded adjustment table the raise up about an inch. With a gentle pressure from the doctor’s hand, the elevated table piece drops, and the doctor’s hand eases the joint back into place. This is usually done on the low back. Another gentle therapy for the low back are SOT blocks. These blocks are specialized padded wedges that are placed under a patient’s hips, and over the course of several minutes the patient’s body weight against the wedges will help guide the hip joints into the proper orientation. While we do use these for our more severely injured patients, or patients that may need a more gentle touch due to age or bone loss, the manual adjustment (by hand) is still the best therapy for most patients.