Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques
Without the high-tech arsenal of drugs and surgery used by medical practitioners and osteopaths, chiropractors are usually masters of several different chiropractic adjustment techniques. This permits chiropractors to tailor their care and choose the chiropractic methods that best fit an individual patients age, condition and health issue.
Many chiropractic adjustment methods are known by the names of the chiropractors who developed them. The more popular adjustment techniques include diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, Cox, SOT, Logan and others.
Purpose of Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractic care is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls and regulates every cell of the body. The bones of the spinal column, designed to protect the nervous system link between brain and body, can lose their proper position. This can compromise nerve communications, affecting muscles, tissues and organs along the nerve pathway, and producing pain and other symptoms related to the spine.
Chiropractors find these areas of nerve interference and use chiropractic adjustments to help restore healthier spinal patterns that allow the body to right itself.
While there are recorded instances of a single adjustment producing instant relief, most chiropractic patients require a series of adjustments to retrain supporting muscles and ligaments. In the beginning, these visits can be as frequent as several times a day to several times a week.