Chiropractic Adjustments

Get the Right Chiropractic Adjustment for You

The chiropractic profession was founded in 1895. Chiropractors perform adjustments. These adjustments manipulate the spine. Manipulation of the spine alleviates pain. It also helps to improve joint function. Practitioners use a variety of techniques. Some use hands on techniques. Others may use instruments. It is important to know the difference between these techniques. Knowing how chiropractic adjustments work, can help determine which treatment is best for you.  Chiropractic adjustments are varied.  There are over 100 types of chiropractic adjustments.

chiropractic adjustments

chiropractic adjustments

Gonstead Technique

The first type of chiropractic adjustment includes the gonstead technique. This is a more hands on approach. A gonstead chiropractor primarily considers spinal misalignments, nerve dysfunction, foundational imbalance, and motion disturbances. These are all factors taken into consideration that can affect a person’s chiropractic health. Chiropractors use their hands to realign joints. This helps reduce pain and stiffness. This technique is universal in chiropractic education. It is taught to students early in the learning process.

Activator Technique

The activator technique uses an instrument to adjust the spine. A hand-held instrument delivers a gentle impulse into the vertebrae. It can also be used on the extremities as well. The force from the instrument feels like a light thumping sensation. The activator techniques is used to treat everything from migraines to low back pain. This type of chiropractic adjustment is good for senior patients or those who are nervous about traditional chiropractic care.

Flexion-Distraction Technique

This type of chiropractic adjustment is also called the decompression manipulation. It is used in more than half of all chiropractic clinics. This is the method of choice when treating disc herniation. It also helps with facet joint pain or scoliosis. This uses a specially designed adjusting table. With this technique, the patient can expect to feel a gentle stretching motion.

Thompson (Drop-Table) Technique

This technique also requires a special table to perform the adjustment. The table has padded platforms designed to drop a fraction of an inch. The table drops when the chiropractor applies a quick thrust. The force induced by the chiropractor is enhanced by the drop motion. Three or four quick thrusts overcome the body’s fight or flight response. This allows the body to relax and makes the experience less traumatic. The dropping motion feels as a vibration. This can also be used for the spine or extremities.

Diversified Technique

Diversified technique is the most common chiropractic adjustment. It is used by a majority of chiropractors. Diversified technique is a manual adjustment. It is characterized by low amplitude high velocity thrust. Diversified technique helps to restore alignment. It also helps to restore movement of the joints and spine.

ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic

While our Virginia Beach Chiropractic clinic offers traditional manual adjustments, most patients prefer to get treated with the Pulstar ProAdjuster. The ProAdjuster is a chiropractic tool that offers gentle, effective, treatment without popping, cracking, turning, or twisting. The Pulstar ProAdjuster operates on the same principals as traditional chiropractic. Although it uses a computer analysis to make more detailed assessments. This allows for customizable treatment.  The ProAdjuster delivers a series of gentle impulses to problem joints. This reduces the pressure on nerves allowing for relief. If you are in need of a chiropractic adjustment, gives us a call at 757-473-9900 (option 1).