5 most common chiropractic procedures (and what they fix).
The chiropractic profession was formed in 1895 with the intent of providing back and spinal adjustments in order to relieve pain that medical doctors could not. There are around 150 different techniques available and each chiropractor uses his/her own preferred methods to treat their patients.
Over the years chiropractors have refined their techniques to the point that there are now 5 common procedures that are used to help relieve patient’s pain.
#1. Logan Basic
This technique is used to help alleviate lower back pain and headaches. In order to perform the Logan Basic, you apply gentle pressure with your hands at the base of the spine. In doing so, it helps to realign the spinal bones. Do you ever notice when you’re stressed the muscles in your back tend to tense up? The Logan Basic releases that muscle tension on your spinal cord which in turn reduces the amount of stress you feel. One of the main benefits to this method is that it’s safe and effective for both children and adults.
This technique was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in Santa Cruz, California. The primary goal is to adjust the pelvis and lower back as the patient lies on his/her side. It is performed by hand and used to increase mobility, realign joints and reduce pain. Sometimes Xrays will be taken in an attempt to diagnose areas of your body that the procedure should focus on. The Gonstead technique is often referred to as ‘Chiropractor 101’ as the technique is taught very early on to Chiropracting students.
#3. Diversified Technique
One of the more popular methods for treating leg/back pain along with lumbar disk herniations is called the Diversified Technique. It is known for creating ‘popping’ noises which indicate your joints have been restored in order to improve functionality. When you walk into a Chiropractors office seeking treatment for neck or back pain, the Diversified Technique could very well be used to instantly help you feel better.
#4. Applied Kinesiology
This is a form of sports therapy that focuses on your bones and the muscles that hold them in place. If you have misaligned bones, this method can help balance the opposing muscles that are attached to them. There are various pressure points that are massaged and it helps by restoring muscle functionality. When someone who suffers a sports injury seeks treatment at a Chiropractor, this is one of the first techniques used to determine appropriate treatment.
#4. Flexion Distraction
This technique is used to treat the lumbar part of the spine. It reduces the pressure on the nerves of the spine (from herniation) along with increasing spinal motion. If you have herniated discs in your back, flexion distraction is a great alternative to expensive and invasive surgery (of which there is no guarantee will work). This technique is performed by utilization of a special table that moves in an automated mannerism. The Chiropractor will sometimes use his/her hands to massage the bulge or herniation. This technique is gentle on the spine and generally regarded as safe and is even used on people who have recently undergone spinal surgery and are currently in rehab.