Chiropractic is a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care. Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. They are able to examine, diagnose and treat a multitude of neuromusculoskeletal complaints, as well as nutritional, dietary and lifestyle issues.
Chiropractors are most known for joint manipulation, also called a “chiropractic adjustment.” Joint manipulation is a passive musculoskeletal procedure performed by the doctor to create a stretch to the joint. The purpose is to restore joint mobility by applying a controlled force into specific joints that have become hypomobile (or restricted in movement) as a result of tissue injury. The effects of joint manipulation to areas of injury include relief from musculoskeletal pain, a shorter recovery time from sprains, an increase in range of motion, and positive influences on the nervous system.
Joint manipulation is an important therapeutic component when addressing dysfunctional movements. There are many different chiropractic techniques, and patients may respond better to one technique over another. In our office we practice Diversified Technique, characterized by a very precise high velocity, low amplitude manual thrust. This often produces a “cracking” sound called a cavitation, which is simply the result of pockets of gas in the fluid surrounding the joints being released. For patients who are uncomfortable with the cavitation, or are not good candidates for Diversified Technique, we also offer more gentle techniques utilizing the Activator or Impulse adjusting tools. We have joint manipulation techniques to suit all patients.