Understanding what my Chiropractor is doing

Going to a chiropractor for pain relief or for wellness is more than just wanting to hear a crack from your back. The process may or may not involve an instrument but it sure involves different techniques for different body pain for every person. Chiropractors mostly use manipulation of the spine but there is more to know about how chiropractic works and it involves more than just one method. 

How many techniques are we talking about? 

There are many ways to alleviate every person’s discomfort but here are some of the most common techniques that chiropractor professionals Los Angeles do that have helped the most patients in this medical practice. 

  • Diversified Technique:  This is the most widely used chiropractic manipulation and is the most common procedure every patient knows. This is being practiced by 96% chiropractors and is experienced by 70% of patients. Diversified technique is characterized by a high velocity and low amplitude thrust which simply means quick and shallow thrusts that result to a popping noise. 
  • Extremity Manipulating or Adjusting: Extremity manipulation is a chiropractic manipulation of other joints in the body instead of the spine. This involves the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, finger, hip, knee and ankle. This technique may be used with carpal tunnel syndrome or posture related problems. 
  • Activator Method: This technique is used 62.8% of the time. It is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument based manipulation which gives a small impulse to the spine. It gives off no more than 0.3 Joules of kinetic energy in a 3 millisecond pulse while aiming to move the vertebrae but not enough energy to cause an injury. 
  • Gonstead Technique: Clarence Gonstead developed this technique in the year 1923 and has treated 28.9% patients since then. This technique is a hands-on adjustment and is claimed as the “standard diversified technique” however without the rotary adjustment. This technique also involves X-ray analysis and temperature gradient for a successful clinical decision. 
  • Cox Flexion or Distraction: Cox Flexion is a technique used 58% of the time. This technique uses both mechanical and hands-on manipulation where the spine is tractioned and flexed forward. This technique focuses on treating cervical and disc hernia and non-disc spinal disorders, on the other hand this is a technique commonly used to increase joint mobility. 

There are so many techniques used in the chiropractic practice and even if one technique is more commonly used than the other, these techniques are what help us achieve relief and wellness at the same time. Many times, we try to medicate ourselves without knowing what our physician is doing and there comes a point where we get confused if we are getting the right remedy, however, in learning techniques like these we are somehow educating ourselves and it brings us assurance that as much as our chiropractor knows what he’s doing, we trust he is doing the right thing for our needs.  

So if ever you need someone to attend to your spinal manipulation needs or any other body pain concern, please connect with spinalsolutionsla.com or call through 818-506-3040 for more details.  

I hope now you are more at ease with what your chiropractor is doing.