Types of Painless Chiropractic Adjustments

Posted on: June 16, 2018

There are five common painless chiropractic techniques used in modern medicine. Each follows the same basic principle of using manipulations, or adjustments, to realign subluxations in the spine or joint misplacements in other parts of the body. A subluxation is a slight misalignment of a vertebra that causes the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system to function improperly.

Diversified technique

The diversified technique is one of the most commonly taught and used painless chiropractic techniques. It involves quick, low-impact hand thrusts that cause a quick realignment of the joint. Patients will often hear a popping noise and feel an immediate sense of relief.

Extremity manipulation

Extremity manipulation is exactly how it sounds: an adjustment of joints outside of the spine, such as shoulders, hips, ankles, etc. This type of manipulation is typically used for arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other joint conditions of the extremities.

Activator technique

The activator technique uses a handheld tool to perform adjustments and has the most clinical trials to prove its efficacy. This tool delivers an impulse into the spine that helps realign the vertebrates. It is commonly used to decrease pain in the neck and back, reduce blood pressure and anxiety and improve stress levels.

Gonstead technique

The Gonstead technique is used while a patient lies on their side. The chiropractor uses their hands to adjust the pelvic girdle — the system of the lower back and pelvis — to realign joints, increase mobility, reduce inflammation and pain and improve circulation. Since the pelvic girdle is such a large part of the human body, any misalignment can contribute to kinetic malfunction and pain anywhere in the body. It is one of the first techniques taught to students during their chiropractic education.

Cox flexion

The Cox flexion distraction is a technique that uses a special table to distract and flex the spine. It is a gentle and rhythmic treatment primarily used on the lumbar spine. Considered one of the best techniques for treating bulging discs, herniated discs and other spinal injuries that put pressure on the nerves, it is often used on patients with scoliosis and others who need improved range of motion in the back.

Thompson technique

The Thompson technique uses a specially-designed table that is segmental in fashion and mimics the natural design of the spine. The segments of the table drop as the chiropractor applies a fast but gentle thrust to make an adjustment. The distance that the table drops is insignificant enough that most patients only feel a small vibration.

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These are only a few of the most commonly used painless chiropractic techniques. To learn more about finding relief from pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and disease through natural, drug-free methods, schedule an appointment for painless chiropractic care today.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Kardia Chiropractic Clinic, request an appointment in our Lansing office here: https://www.kardiachiropractic.com. Or call us at (517) 258-7162.