Chiropractic adjustments are core chiropractic care methods for vertebral subluxations (misalignments) and pain conditions associated with the spine or nervous system. Our Phoenix, AZ, chiropractor at Advanced Back Pain & Injury Center is trained in using different adjustment techniques for back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. These types of pains can stem from a sports injury, auto accident injury, overuse injury, or spinal degeneration.
What Are Chiropractic Adjustments?
Adjustments refer to the act of mobilizing or manipulating the spinal joints back into alignment. Repositioning the vertebrae helps correct nervous system disorders and musculoskeletal dysfunctions linked to acute and chronic neck or back pain. Common examples of spinal problems include herniated discs, nerve compression, sciatica, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and physical imbalances. Optimum results are achieved through a series of treatments combined with soft tissue therapies.
Types of Chiropractic Adjustments
The following are two broad types of adjustments commonly performed by Doctors of Chiropractic:
- Spinal manipulation: Spinal adjustment, also called spinal manipulation, is commonly performed to correct misalignments in the lower back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine). The chiropractor applies quick gentle thrusts to the affected region of the spine back to return it to its proper position. Either a manual or instrument-based technique can be used to perform the therapy.
- Extremity adjustment: This type of adjustment is reserved for realigning the extremity joints such as the shoulder, arm, wrist, hip, and knee. A chiropractor applies quick manipulative hand movements to correct joint dislocations.
Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques
Adjustments are safe for adults, children, and pregnant women. The technique used usually depends on factors such as age and the condition being treated. Here are some popular techniques we use:
- Diversified technique: Traditional adjustment that uses high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) hand thrusts to reposition the spinal joints and surrounding structures.
- Gonstead technique. A hands-on technique good for adjusting the low back or pelvis. The therapy is performed with a patient lying on his side.
- Activator method: A hand-held instrument called the Activator is used to deliver quick, low-force pressure to the area of the spine being adjusted.
- Webster Technique: Commonly used to perform pelvis alignment on pregnant women.
Our chiropractor may use the flexion-distraction or Thompson (drop table) technique as necessary as well. Adjustments address the underlying condition for back or neck pain and help increase range of motion. Other benefits of routine chiropractic adjustments include improved immunity, less growing pains for children and adults, and a healthier pregnancy.
Chiropractic Care at Advanced Back Pain & Injury Center
Adjustments at Advanced Back Pain & Injury Center provides you and your entire family with an alternative way to relieve back pain, neck pain, and extremity joint pain. We're located in Phoenix and Carefree, AZ. Call 602-494-3037 or 480-488-9647 to request an appointment.