Spinal Manipulations

When it comes to chiropractic adjustment techniques, there isn’t any shortage of them. Chiropractors throughout the world make use of several generic manipulation methods for the purpose of achieving a common goal. Restoring & enhancing the joint functions is what the whole process is all about. If we categorize the techniques, they were generally high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust aka HVLA. But, as the time evolves, a variation has been observed in the methods of chiropractors around the world.

The article presents you with a number of most profoundly used spinal manipulation methods that are used by chiropractors.

Adjustments and Manipulations

1. Chiropractic’s Activator Method:

The widely-known and used Activator method technique is like a diagnostic system when it comes to the treatment used by various chiropractors. The method is used for treating neck pain, headaches, back pain as well as cervical related pain. Both, chronic as well as a migraine are curable through the Activator method. The method involves a hand-held instrument, the small apparatus is called Activator Adjustment instrument. It is used to deliver impulse forces from gentle to higher-level on the individual’s spine. The prime objective here is to restore the motion of the desired spinal vertebra as well as any other joint.

2. Graston Technique:

Graston technique or soft-tissue instrument assisted manipulation method is a widely adopted approach to performing chiropractic by the experts. It’s a manual therapy which makes use of instruments which massages as well as scraps the skin very gently. The technique is meant to help analyze the chiropractic doctor regarding the areas of restriction as well as an attempt for the purpose of breaking the scar tissue.

The generic aim of the Graston technique is to break down the scar tissue which was caused by any sort of strained muscle or fascia or even a tendon. Through this method, restrictions can also be reduced by stretching the connective tissues. This is done for re-arranging the soft tissue’s structure. What comes as a great fact is that, an environment for treating the injured tissue in a better way is achievable as well.

For patients with injury, Graston technique can also help them in following ways:

  • The method ensures a faster rehabilitation or recovery
  • It also decreases the overall treatment tenure
  • It also reduces the individual’s need for anti-inflammatory drugs
  •  It also addresses & resolves chronic conditions which were thought to remain permanent

Tools and Tech involved:

When it comes to tools involved in Graston technique, well, there are 6 core tools. Totally made up of stainless steel, the convex, as well as concavely shaped tools, holds a great significance. With round edges and not-sharped appeal, the apparatuses are used for the purpose of scanning over & detecting the areas that encapsulate injured fibrotic tissue.

How is the massage done?

A cross-friction massage is adopted, the therapy begins by rubbing against or brushing the grain of the scar tissue. This stimulates minimal amounts of trauma over the affected region. Chiropractors believe the theory here that is stimulation is done right, increased brushing can increase the inflammation, which in turn, increases the amount of blood flowing to the affected area.

This is perfect for healing process as it promotes the healing endeavors of affected region’s soft tissues. Therefore, if you’re having back pain, you might heal your hip flexors, hamstrings as well as abdomen through this Chiropractic technique. The human body has internal connections, they might seem remote but the truth is, it was all connected by a fascial network.

3. Spinal Decompression Therapy:

There is this another therapy in the Chiropractic world that has a blooming potential to provide the much-needed relief to the sufferers. Spinal Decompression therapy simply involves spine stretching.  In this method a traction table is used, the goal here is to provide a much-needed relief to back pain or the pain in your legs. The method is also referred as nonsurgical decompression therapy.

Spinal decompression apparatus is based on the same ordinary principle of spinal traction. The same has been offered by chiropractors for years around the globe. Decompression therapy blended with traction are deployed for the purpose of relieving pain and gaining the platform to promote the healing environment of the human body. The healing process is needed for treating bulged, degenerated or herniated discs.

The benefits that come handy with Spinal decompression method are:

  • A lower pressure in the discs is obtained, this causes an influx of healing
  • For the purpose of promoting retraction as well as repositioning the bulged disc, creating a negative pressure is achievable through this technique.
  • There is much clinical evidence available that accepts the fundamentals of spinal decompression, hence, it is perfectly natural and safe to get treated.

4. Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization

High-Velocity & Low-Amplitude Thrust technique:

It is one of the most frequently used technique under chiropractic. Spinal manipulation method is the HVLA thrust. What comes as a fascinating fact is that, you can hear a pop while chiropractors move their hands on the body during the therapy for the purpose of applying a sudden force on a joint. The body is required to be in a specific position before the job.

Low-force technique

Unlike high-velocity, gentle chiropractic aka low-force method has been innovated for patients seeking a mild care without much twisting of the body or those who don’t want any forceful thrust. In lieu of patient’s size, comfort or any other medical conditions, the low-force method has evolved. This provides similar benefits to the patients as well.

Diversified technique

The technique involves a higher velocity thrust, chiropractors applies a quick and short thrust over the restricted joint or area one thrust at a time. The purpose is to restore the motion range of the affected joint. The technique requires a patient to position the body in certain ways for optimizing the adjustment process of the spine.

Gonstead adjustment technique

The method is pretty similar to Diversified technique & HVLA adjustment, there is just one major difference. Gonstead adjustment’s evaluation process for locating the joint with a problem is different. Special chairs have been designed so as the tables to let the individual attain a certain body position. For example, cervical chair or chest-knee table are there, the approach helps the chiropractors with an easy location of the affected portion. Sometimes, the method is also referred to as the Gonstead-Palmer method.

Thomson terminal point technique:

Just like Gonstead adjustment technique, Thomson terminal method makes use of specially designed tables containing dedicated sections that can drop a short distance HVLA thrust on the patient’s body. The dropping of the table piece initiates the interaction in the joint. One can hear a popping sound here which is a good sign. A gentle adjustment approach has been catered by Thomson terminal point method. It can be pretty effective than the ordinary HVLA manual adjustment.

The above-mentioned techniques although are performed differently by chiropractors around the world. But, the objective is same, healing the pain and ensuring a recovery of the affected joint. You might think that the pop which was mentioned above, is it necessary for it to be audible.

Well, it’d be evident to say that an array of chiropractic doctors agrees on the fact that, if there is a pop, treatment is successful. However, there is no scientific literature backing up the belief. The pop you hear various techniques including HVLA manipulation arises due to the release of gasses trapped amidst the joints. As the joints are pushed to a certain distance, the gases get released, just like cracking the knuckles.