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Spinal Adjusting

Spinal adjusting is the primary form of care that chiropractic is based upon. Over time numerous adjusting techniques or methods have been developed. Some are well founded and some not. This can create confusion among patients on which chiropractor to choose. So we offer this information to help you. Methods vary based on their analysis of the problem and manner by which the spine is adjusted, manually by hand or instrument assisted adjusting. No one technique works for all conditions or patients.

Instrument Assisted Adjusting: This is our primary method of adjusting because it is both gentle and effective. Based on patient responses, it is as effective as manual adjusting. Patients often remark that it is relaxing. The instrument we use is the Pulstar. It is state of the art technology for measuring vertebral motion. It uses gentle rapid impulses to restore normal joint motion. One of its benefits is that spinal motion is measured both before and after the adjustment to evaluate the response on each visit. Patients that don't like to hear joints pop, or don't like the twisting of manual adjustments will like this method. It has the additional advantage that patients can be checked and adjusted while standing, sitting or lying down.

Manual Adjusting: One of our primary methods of "hands-on" adjusting is Diversified technique. This is the most common technique used by chiropractors. This type of adjusting creates the characteristic "popping" of joints. This popping has nothing to do with the vertebrae moving into or out of alignment. Popping happens when the joint space gaps at a certain speed. This creates a momentary vacuum within the joint and the lubricating synovial fluid releases a bubble of gas. The technical term for this process is cavitation. Do this faster or slower or with lesser gapping and no pop occurs. Popping does not mean the vertebrae are going back into alignment. While the popping sound may be reassuring that something has happened, research indicates that patients respond no better than when no popping occurs.

Spinal Decompression: We use a method of spinal decompression developed and researched by Dr. James Cox and often referred to as Cox technique or flexion distraction. It was developed initially to treat herniated lumbar discs and has been adapted to treat cervical disc conditions as well (Cox link). It can also be effective for stenosis. With use of a special table the spine is gently stretched/distracted/tractioned/decompressed while it is slightly flexed. The decompression effect can be very specifically applied which gives it significant advantages over other forms of traction. Herniated discs can be decompressed helping reduce the size of the herniation that in turn pinches the nearby nerve. Treatments are repeated while the disc heals. The same forces that decompress the discs by distracting or slightly separating the vertebrae also enlarge the nerve openings and stretch thickened ligaments. This mechanism can provide relief for stenosis. Cox technique is readily covered by insurances like other adjusting methods are. Other forms of decompression are often considered investigational and not covered by insurance.
BEFORElumbarFD goalsAFTERLumbarFD goals

Therapeutic benefits of flexion distraction:
1. increases the intervertebral disc height (B) to remove anular tension on the anular fibers and nerve (D) by making more room and improving circulation;

2. allows the nucleus pulposus (A) -- the center of the disc -- to assume its central position within the anular fibers and relieves irritation of the spinal nerve (D);

3. restores vertebral joints (C) to their physiological relationships of motion;

4. improves posture and locomotion while relieving pain, improving body functions, and creating a state of well-being.

Extremity Adjusting: We also adjust other joints besides the spine such as the wrists, knees, and feet.