Not every patient is adjusted the same way. Each patient that walks through our doors is unique. Some patients may be experiencing similar symptoms, but are suffering from different conditions. Here at Full Body Chiropractic, one of the top Chiropractors in Greensburg PA, we strive to customize treatment plans unique to each patients’ condition. Our treatment plans and adjusting techniques are based on each patient’s conditions, current and past medical history, and their preference.
Do Chiropractors Use the Same Adjusting Techniques for All Patients?
Not here at Full Body Chiropractic. There are several adjusting techniques that both Dr. Matt and Dr. Michelle utilize. The most common technique seen across chiropractic offices is known as Diversified Technique. This is a manual adjusting technique that is favored by most because patients can
actually hear their bones moving back into place with a cracking sound. For a lot of patients, the “cracking” provides instant relief. This technique is utilized quite frequently on the cervical and thoracic regions, as well as the lumbar region.
This technique can provide relief for many conditions and is safe for patients without a history of certain medical conditions. Another technique that is utilized by the
doctors is Instrument Assisted adjusting. This type of adjustment is performed using an instrument like an Activator that delivers a low force, high velocity adjustment to the area of complaint. While no cracking or popping is heard, it accomplishes the same goal as a manual adjustment; realignment. That final technique that we use here is Thompson Drop technique. This is another high velocity, low force
technique that includes a drop mechanism in the table that will drop underneath you while the adjustment is delivered. Again, no popping or cracking is usually heard.
What Are Some Conditions that Warrant Specific Techniques?
There are a few conditions that require a certain adjustment technique to be utilized. For example, if a patient suffers from Osteoporosis, a manual adjustment using Diversified Technique would not be the best option. Osteoporosis, which is a decrease in bone density, is a contraindication for a high
force, high velocity manual adjustment. In this case, we would utilize Instrument Assisted Technique or Thompson Drop because it is low force, high velocity. Another example would be history of a stroke. If a patient suffered a stroke in the past, a manual adjustment to the cervical spine would be contraindicated. Again, Instrument Assisted or Thompson Drop Technique would be the best options for this type of patient.
As you can see, there are several different techniques to adjust the spine. At Full Body Chiropractic, we obtain a thorough history of present illness, past medical history, and even family
history along with a chiropractic exam to make the best treatment plan for each patient. Again, each patient is unique and we strive to give the best care possible! Contact Us