A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary method for treatment of pain, muscle spasm and discomfort.
Spinal manipulation 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 numerous conditions including headaches, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, even allergies, menstrual cramps.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are over 100 adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Regardless of which technique is used or how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing pain and reducing joint inflammation.
When vertebrae shift and move 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.
Techniques use at Lewiston Family Chiropractic
Diversified Technique – Gentle manipulation – Most common style for chiropractors and most familiar with patients.
Activator (Impulse) Methods Chiropractic Technique – a Low-Force, Non-Rotational style of adjusting. It is a hand-held device used to move joints back to where they belong.
Extremity Manipulation – Treatment of arms, elbows, wrists, hands, as well as legs, hips, knees, ankles, feet and ribs, shoulders, etc. Used for carpal tunnel, gait, plantar fasciitis and other related problems.
Flexion/ Distraction – Treatment used for stretching and pulling of muscles and joints to elongate and lengthen tissues and tendons.