What's a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments are at the foundation of what chiropractors do. Although all chiropractors are different, for the most part they're all going to treat using adjustments. They are a form of joint manipulation, a technique used primarily by chiropractic physicians that is becoming increasing more popular because of its non-invasive nature, lower cost, and effectiveness.
Chiropractic adjustments are high velocity, low amplitude thrusts to a joint in order to improve lost joint mobility, correct misalignment of the joint, and correct joint dysfunction. Not only are chiropractic adjustments safe, they're effective. Recent research showed strong evidence that spinal manipulation is just as effective as medical care and exercise for back pain. (1)
Chiropractic manipulation has been shown time and time again through research to be extremely safe for a variety of conditions. When compared to over the counter medications, prescription drugs, surgery, shots, or other medical interventions chiropractic adjustments carry significantly less risks and have no significant long lasting side effects. In a quickly changing healthcare environment, physicians are increasingly advising patients to choose conservative care methods such as chiropractic first.
Different Types of Adjustments we Offer:
At AccessHealth Chiropractic Center we primarily utilize manual chiropractic adjustments and joint manipulation techniques. Manual (or diversified) chiropractic adjustments are the most researched method and also the most effective at mobilizing joints, reducing pain, and correcting structural problems. They are also the most widely used form of chiropractic adjustment, and taught at every chiropractic school in the United States.
Although we prefer to perform manual chiropractic adjustments some patients prefer a different technique, or their conditions don't allow for manual adjustments. For these patients we also offer gentler manipulation techniques such as instrument adjusting (Activator), drop piece adjusting (Thompson Technique), and flexion-distraction (Cox Technique) to accommodate. If you're not a candidate for chiropractic treatment or if we don't think your condition is going to respond well to chiropractic care, we always make a proper referral to a medical professional or other professional to address your complaint.
1. Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, et al. Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with spinal manipulation and mobilization. Spine. 2008;8(1)213-225.