Chiropractic medicine is a form of natural health care that focuses on treating a patient without the use of drugs or surgery. Doctors of Chiropractic, more commonly known as chiropractors, are primary health care providers licensed in all 50 states, and are recognized by governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation programs and more. Every year, more than 30 million Americans see chiropractors as part of the regular health care programs and with over 84,000 licensed chiropractors nationwide and more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic school, it is the fastest growing health care profession.
A chiropractor is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare. The practice and procedures that are employed by chiropractors are based on the academic and clinical training received in and through accredited chiropractic colleges.
There are many different types of chiropractic techniques. Each technique’s purpose is to improve the mobility of the joints and discs of your spine, and reducing your pain. Here is a list with a brief description of those practiced at Allied Chiropractic. Remember all these techniques are performed with precision and care as to not cause pain.
- Diversified – This is the core technique that all chiropractors must be familiar with and is the one that most people associate with chiropractic. With this form of adjusting, the doctor will use his or her hands to re-position the bones and correct their position. Most of the time a “pop” is heard with this treatment. This sound is the rapid release of gas from the fluid of the joints as it is decompressed. Again this should be painless!
- Thompson (Drop table) Technique – This form of adjusting uses a specialized table that is raised approximately an inch by the doctor while the patient is laying face down. The correction occurs when the doctor pushes down on the spine in a specific direction and the table then “Drops” to its starting position. With this technique you do not get that “Pop” as you do with the more manual diversified technique. This is useful for patients that are fearful of the “popping” and for those that may have severe arthritis, previous surgery, or are difficult to adjust.
- Activator – This is a hand held, spring loaded device that is used to make your spinal corrections. The force is adjustable for a variety of conditions and patient types. The Activator is used most commonly on our elderly and infant patients, as well as for small joints like the TMJ (jaw joint).
- Cox Flexion / Distraction – With this form of treatment, there is no pushing, pulling or “popping”. A very specialized table is used to gently distract the spine to take pressure off of painful joints and discs. The doctor locates the specific area of trouble with his or her hand and holds it firmly while the table gently distracts. Imagine what it feels like to hang upside down to decompress your spine. This technique is frequently used for our patients that are dealing with disc bulges or herniations in either the neck or lower back.
- Webster – A technique for our expecting mothers. This is a very gentle and safe form of manipulation that helps with aligning the pelvis with a combination of using a Drop Table and light sustained pressures on ligaments. This is commonly used to help turn a breached baby.