A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.
Spinal manipulation is relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps and headaches, as well as the more commonly known neck and back dysfunction and pain.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Some practitioners may use force and twisting, while other techniques are more gentle. Regardless of how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation.
Dr. Phil Van Campen, Dr. Tracy LaBrecque and Dr. Kelly Van Campen utilize the low force techniques of Thompson Drop and Diversified. SOT, Activator and Gonstead techniques are also utilized.
When vertebrae shift out of place, there is an overall systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest peak.
Overall, spinal adjustments and manipulations are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level without any discomfort. When the body is adequately aligned, it becomes able to respond and perform as it was built to do.
Proper alignment allows for optimal posture and biomechanical function of the spine. This can help prevent and lessen the effects of common age related disorders such as Degenerative Disc or Joint Disease. Such as the alignment of tires on a car, if the stress is unevenly distributed throughout the body and it's normal function, the body will wear unevenly. This can cause pain, bone spurs, herniated discs, degeneration, etc.