There are more reasons than just back pain to see a chiropractor. They address many different issues from headaches to allergies. And just as there is more than one condition they serve, there is a variety of techniques a chiropractor will use to treat such conditions. Here are the top five most common techniques:
- Gonstead Technique: In this method, the patient lies on their side while the doctor adjusts the lower back and pelvis. It’s a hands-on technique to realign the joints, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. This is often the safest method of chiropractic medicine and is often used on children, pregnant women, and the elderly.
- Diversified Technique: This method can treat many major conditions in the field of chiropractic and is used on more than 70 percent of clients who require spinal manipulations. It involves precise hands-on thrusts aimed at restoring proper movement and alignment to the spine. The result is often a loud popping sound, a restored joint, and improved neurologic function.
- Atlas Orthogonal Technique: This method is a common adjustment to the upper cervix (neck area). It can be used to treat headaches and mobilize the neck.
- Activator Technique: A hand-held instrument is used to adjust certain areas of the body. It delivers a light thumping sensation and is less abrupt on the joints.
- Thompson Technique: This method uses a specially adapted table. The subtle dropping motion combined with a slight thrust of the chiropractor’s hands makes for a comfortable adjustment of the pelvis and lower back.
A chiropractic adjustment is not a one size fits all treatment. Each routine is designed to effectively address and treat specific rudimentary conditions. With more than 200 techniques to use, some chiropractic treatments may even combine different approaches to optimize results