What is an adjustment? The chiropractic adjustment is simply the way your chiropractor restores motion to joints in the body using either their hands or a mechanical adjusting instrument. This is what produces the characteristic “pop” that people associate with going to the chiropractor.
This is what most people think of when it comes to chiropractic. Diversified is an effective and highly adaptable method of adjusting. Your doctor assesses the way your joints are moving to determine where a correction is needed. Diversified can be as specific or general as needed, and remains the most widely used technique in the profession.
Developed in 1970s as an instrument-based alternative to manual adjusting, Activator Technique has grown to become the third most popular technique used by chiropractors and is often the technique of choice in research settings. Activator is a gentler technique, ideal for people who are looking for an alternative to the traditional chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic does not stop simply with the adjustment, though that is the most important part. Following the adjustment, your chiropractor will recommend a series of exercises, some done in the office and others at home, to reinforce the positive changes. This helps speed up your recovery, and ensures you are getting maximum benefit from your care.
Neuromuscular re-education are exercises designed to change how the body moves. While the term sounds complicated, the exercises are generally very simple to perform and have enormous benefit. As strange as it is to think, the body often forgets healthy ways to move when it must compensate for an injury. Even after the injury is gone, these bad movement patterns can persist for a lifetime if nothing is done. Neuromuscular re-education is a terrific way to get your health back on track.
Sometimes an area of the body simply becomes weak. This can be from an injury, bad work habits, or simple deconditioning. While all exercise is therapeutic, the exercises recommended by your chiropractor will be targeting specific areas of weakness found during your exam. While many will be performed in the office, your chiropractor will give you several exercises that can be performed throughout the day.
Sometimes an injury needs help in the healing process. Recent research suggest that low level laser therapy (LLLT) can help speed up the healing and reduce downtime for many different injuries, such as sprains and strains, as well as reduce pain in chronic areas. Our clinic offers the Microlight ML870 SmartLaser. This laser uses a wavelength of light that penetrates deep into the muscle to help encourage healing. Ask us how this device can help you today!