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3 Types Of Chiropractic Adjustments We May Utilise In Practice & What They Do

May 17th, 2024 by
Category: Chiropractic Care Dr Jason Kim

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Chiropractic care involves techniques that include manual and gentle adjustments to the bones and joints of humans and animals using hands. The term “Chiro” means “hands” and “Practic” means “done” or “treat.” Thus, Chiropractic treatment is a form of manipulative care based on a conservative approach to treating joint misalignments.

Benefits of Chiropractic adjustments

The benefits of Chiropractic adjustments may include the ability to help various conditions related to posture, joints, bones, muscles, and nerves without surgical intervention. Neurological issues such as sciatica, nerve root entrapment, disc prolapse, disc sequestration, disc bulging, lateral stenosis, and central stenosis, as well as mechanical or structural problems like poor posture, improper sleeping positions, scoliosis, and jaw clicking, may be helped through Chiropractic care. While most neurological deficits or diseases can be treated surgically, it is important to note the higher risks of post-surgical side effects, such as secondary infections, iatrogenic neurological deficits, and anesthesia-related deaths.

How do Chiropractic adjustments work?

The mechanism of Chiropractic manual manipulation involves quick and sharp adjustments on misaligned joints or painful areas, which activate blood flow to the affected regions and enhance the body’s healing process. Another mechanism is the gate control theory. According to this theory, smaller nerve fibres are deactivated when larger nerve fibres are activated because the human brain processes signals and stimuli one at a time, prioritizing those from the larger nerve fibres over the smaller ones. Chiropractic manual manipulation is so sharp and quick that the brain and nervous system perceive it as stimuli of touch and vibration. This activates the larger nerve fibres, delivering touch and vibrational stimuli, which in turn deactivate the smaller nerve fibres responsible for pain and discomfort. Consequently, the intensity of pain, soreness, and discomfort may be reduced after a Chiropractic adjustment.

3 Types Of Chiropractic Adjustments & What They Do

There are many different types of Chiropractic approaches and theories, such as the Gonstead and Diversified techniques. These techniques all aim to reduce patients’ pain and prevent its recurrence.

Diversified technique

First, the Diversified technique is the most popular and commonly used Chiropractic method worldwide. This technique typically involves broad palpation of the spinal regions to identify areas that are not mobile or flexible by gently pressing on the paraspinal and spinal regions. As a result, this adjustment is particularly helpful for general stiffness, tightness, and reduced range of motion.

Gonstead technique

Secondly, the Gonstead technique is a specific and accurate approach to the procedure of palpation and manual adjustment. This technique typically involves the precise palpation of each spinal segment to determine which segments are not mobilized and in which direction they are restricted. As a result, this adjustment is particularly useful for treating scoliosis, as well as general stiffness and dysfunction associated with scoliosis.

Applied Kinesiology

Thirdly, the AK technique, also known as Applied Kinesiology, assesses the root cause of musculoskeletal dysfunction by combining manual muscle tests with standard Chiropractic diagnostic methods. This technique involves the specific palpation of each spinal segment along with manual muscle tests to identify which segments correspond to weaker muscle strength. The spinal segments identified as causing weaker muscle strength during the manual muscle tests are then adjusted.

In conclusion, there are various techniques and mechanisms involved in Chiropractic manual adjustments. From my perspective, no Chiropractic technique is useless. Each technique has its pros and cons, and some may be more effective for certain types of spinal dysfunction and misalignment than others.



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