Exploring Spinal Mobilization Techniques and Their Place in Chiropractic Treatment

Spinal adjustments are the cornerstone of chiropractic. They’re used to help maintain the spine’s health and integrity, while alleviating peripheral problems such as restricted nerve pathways.

But adjustments aren’t as simple as pushing on the right area of the spine or exerting a specific modicum of force. Often, the spine needs to be properly mobilized before it can fully accept the adjustments being administered. To this end, a chiropractor may rely on a number of spinal mobilization techniques to preface adjustments.

Ideal Spine believes in the power of mobilization as a pretense to adjustments. By ensuring the spine is properly relaxed and accepting of adjustments, practitioners are able to deliver a better standard of relief to patients in need.

The goal of mobilization

Mobilization is useful for alleviating stress and tension in the spine that may otherwise make it difficult for adjustments to be effective. Mobilization isn’t the act of adjustment itself: it’s the technique used to ready the spine for adjustments. Mobilization can reduce stress, alleviate tension, and condition the spine.

Mobilization methodologies

There are numerous mobilization methodologies available to chiropractors. Each can be leveraged in a different way to affect the spine, depending on where ensuing adjustments will take place. What’s effective for the cervical spine may not be as effective in the lumbar region, and so on. Some of the most commonly-applied mobilization techniques include:

  • Release Work: This technique requires the chiropractor to use their fingertips to pull misaligned vertebrae apart, so they can natural resettle in proper alignment.
  • Activator Method: Using a spring-loaded stimulation device, a chiropractor will target areas for release. The rapid activation of the stimulation device releases tension in the spine, allowing the vertebrae to be manipulated back into proper alignment through manual palpitation.
  • Toggle Drop: This method is used in tandem with a drop table. Using downward pressure, the chiropractor makes a swift adjustment as the drop table is triggered, allowing for a deeper correction to be made. Specific areas of the table can be toggled to ensure mobilization at precise angles and with different degrees of force.
  • Cox Flexion-Distraction: Broad strokes are applied to areas of the spine in order to stretch the distance between vertebrae. As vertebrae are separated, they’re able to be gently manipulated via the strokes and repositioned into proper alignment.
  • Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT): This technique makes use of gravity to mobilize vertebrae. Blocks are placed under the pelvis, allowing the spine to assume an exaggerated version of its natural curvature. This, in conjunction with a small amount of force, can mobilize the pelvis and lumbar vertebrae.

The above techniques represent only some of the most common applications. Chiropractors can also leverage massage, myofascial release, the Receptor-Tonus Technique, and myriad other techniques to entice the spine into accepting adjustments at a more effective degree.

Better adjustments through mobilization

In thorough mobilization of the spine, it’s possible for chiropractors to better prepare patients for the adjustments they’re about to receive. Moreover, it may help these adjustments to take shape with less resistance and remain aligned once they’re positioned.

Ideal Spine factors mobilization techniques into the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment plans tailored around patients. In determining the right method of mobilization, in tandem with the proper adjustment approach, we believe it’s possible to provide patients with the highest standard of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Understanding the Many Potential Problems of Invasive Spinal Surgeries

Back surgery is a last resort for many people suffering from unbearable chronic pain. As with any surgery, going under the knife isn’t something most people want to do, but it comes as a necessary evil for dealing with the larger problem.

Unfortunately, what most don’t realize is that among surgical procedures, spine surgeries rank high in complications. Many patients report no true resolution to their pain and still more end up with new ailments that cause them new grief. The fact is, spinal surgery is complex and difficult, without any shining examples to justify it in most cases.

At Ideal Spine, we always strive for a non-invasive solution to back pain – one that doesn’t end in surgery. Using a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) regimen, we strive to personalize care in such a way that our patients experience real, lasting relief whenever possible, no matter the ailment.

Surgical complications

What exactly can go wrong when you go under the knife for an invasive spinal surgery? There’s a laundry list of potential side effects, disruptors, and other problems you might walk away with. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common:

  • Addiction: Any surgical procedure will be followed by a period of intense recovery. With this recovery comes discomfort and pain, which are often managed via prescription painkillers. It’s estimated that roughly 30 percent of people prescribed an opioid painkiller will eventually abuse it, with as many as 12 percent of those people going on to become addicts. The opioid epidemic is real and unfortunately, it often starts with a valid prescription.
  • Failure to relieve pain: An estimated 20 percent of people who opt for back surgery experience no relief after the fact. This staggering number is so large that it has warranted its own moniker: failed back surgery syndrome.” Ask yourself, is going under the knife worth the 1 in 5 chance of walking away no better than you were before? For many, that answer is no.
  • Pedicle screw complications: Pedicle screws are used to anchor vertebrae and provide stability in many spinal fusion surgeries. While strong, made of surgical-grade steel, these screws can sometimes break after the fact if the spine is subject to trauma or overexertion. Damaged pedicle screws need to be fixed right away, prompting another surgery with its own set of complications.
  • Nerve damage: Surgery on the spine puts a surgeon up close and personal with your central nervous system. If absolutely anything isn’t precise throughout the surgery, there’s a high risk of bringing harm to the nerves. Nerve damage is permanent and cannot be restored. A scalpel cut too far or displacement of the nerves could leave you with pain, numbness, or tremors.

Rates of spinal surgery complications vary among individuals. For example, someone who smokes may be more prone to complications, just like age or general health factor in.

Worth the risk?

Spinal surgery is invasive, there’s no getting around it. For some, it’s their only option for relief and if it’s your last hope, it’s one worth taking. However, when you stack up the potential complications you’re facing, it’s important to try all other avenues for relief first, including a CBP chiropractic relief plan. At Ideal Spine, we recommend the path of least resistance.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Introducing Patients to the McKenzie Method of Exercising to Improve Spine Health

Chiropractors have a variety of methodologies and techniques they can employ to assist them in correcting a patient’s spinal misalignments. Gonstead Technique and other HVLA adjustment methodologies are the primary modalities, allowing professionals to tailor individual adjustments around the unique needs of patients. And, of course, Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) enables them to deliver those adjustments over a tailored schedule.

One adjustment methodology that patients are more apt to understanding is the McKenzie Method. This method encourages patients to strengthen their own spine outside of scheduled chiropractic appointments, via a series of predetermined exercises. It’s a way to keep patients on track between formal adjustments.

At Ideal Spine, the McKenzie Method is something we strive to employ with patients as part of a CBP holistic treatment plan.

The history of the McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method was created in the 1960s by famed physical therapist Robin McKenzie, as a way of helping his patients develop a more engaged, hands-on approach to their own wellness. McKenzie quickly realized that spine stabilization was a key component of any recovery, so much of the focus of his methodologies centered on the spine.

Depending on the recovery plan of each patient, McKenzie worked to devise an at-homme regimen of exercises that would strengthen the body and restore range of motion, while lowering the recurrence and severity of pain. In doing so, he quickly realized patients would come for formal physical therapy in much better shape, with a better grip on their pain.

Today, the McKenzie Method has been adopted by chiropractors from around the world, as a way to spur healing in patients recovering from acute injury or managing chronic pain.

Centralizing pain

The chief concept of the McKenzie Method is to “centralize pain.” This means stimulating the spine to promote better nerve health and blood flow to affected areas, via a central focus on the spine. For example, someone dealing with IT band syndrome may practice stretches and movements focused on the lumbar spine, promoting blood flow to the lower body and drawing focus away from the IT band and any referred pain caused by a low back misalignment.

Most at-home exercises focus on extending the spine. This works to keep patients loose and limber, allowing the changes in spinal alignment affected at a previous chiropractic appointment to take hold. It also keeps stress from undoing adjustments.

Promoting individual wellness

Exercises and stretches are tailored to each person’s unique condition and ailment. And though they may vary extensively as prescribed by a chiropractor, these stretches all fall into practice with the core tenants of the McKenzie Method:

  • Minimizing pain by targeting prone areas;
  • Restoring and maintaining acceptable range of motion;
  • Resolving pain flare-ups quickly;
  • Minimizing the number of emergency visits to a chiropractor.

It’s also important to note that prescribed exercises are movements every patient should be able to do. Rather than building strength or extending range of motion, these exercises work within the limitations of a patient’s current situation to promote maintenance of chiropractic progress.

Introducing at-home wellness

Any chiropractor following a CBP adjustment schedule will likely prescribe McKenzie Method exercises for a patient to undertake at home. At Ideal Spine, it’s part of our general practice to help enable patients and encourage them to seek the highest possible level of wellness at home, between scheduled visits.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Linking Whiplash to Herniated Cervical Discs and Radiculopathy

Whiplash is among the most devastating of cervical spine injuries. The rapid acceleration-deceleration movement is powerful enough to tear muscles and ligaments, tear and bruise soft tissue, and herniate cervical discs. Further, it’s a condition that often doesn’t get the attention it demands, due to the late-onset nature of many symptoms.

As symptoms do develop, they usually take the form of radiculopathy pain. The face, neck, shoulders, arms, and even hands can swell and ache, losing mobility and feeling depending on the severity of the whiplash. As these symptoms get worse, it can indicate ongoing nerve damage. The entire situation is one that needs a swift resolution – otherwise, the patient in question may face long-term, chronic cervical spine problems.

At Ideal Spine, our focus on treating whiplash is qualifying it through the radiculopathy and herniated cervical discs it presents with. In assessing these symptoms, we’re able to assess the severity of the whiplash incident and better equip ourselves with the right approach to remedying it.

Qualifying radiculopathy

Radiculopathy results from a pinched nerve root, which sends pain signals throughout the entire extent of the nerve. For cervical nerve bundles, this means extending as far as the face or hands. It’s why whiplash-related compression often presents in face, neck, shoulder, arm, and hand numbness or pain.

Being able to trace and qualify the extent of radiculopathy gives chiropractors insight into the specific vertebrae affected by whiplash. For example, if nerve bundles in C7 (the lowest cervical vertebrae) become pinched, it may present in arm numbness. Likewise, if a patient presents with chronic and persistent headaches or cheek pain, C3-C4 maybe a focus.

The key in tracing radiculopathy is to look past the site of the pain, back to its point of origin. Chiropractors tracing referred pain will quickly be able to get a handle on the lasting effects of whiplash, even long after the incident.

Herniated disc links to pain

A major contributing factor to radiculopathy is a herniated disc. These displaced discs are the reason behind nerve compression and signal disruption. Tracing radiculopathy pain back to a point of origin generally leads to a herniated disc, which is something most chiropractors can assess and qualify via simple palpitation. Until this disc is corrected and reset, affected nerves will continue to suffer.

Linking it all back to whiplash

Upon visiting a chiropractor, most people will make mention of any major car accidents they’ve been in, tipping the chiropractor off to whiplash immediately. But, many don’t take the time or have the forethought to mention minor fender benders. The fact is, a severe case of whiplash can occur even if the airbag doesn’t deploy in your car. So long as the rocking motion of your cervical spine is strong enough, whiplash can occur at collisions as slow as 5 miles per hour.

Upon qualifying radiculopathy pain and discovering a herniated disc, many chiropractors will inquire about whiplash events. Whether it’s from a very minor car accident, a roller coaster ride, or even playing sports, the condition frequently comes to light after a patient is presented with the facts about the causes of their pain.

Putting the pieces together

Like a detective, chiropractors must frequently put together the clues of a condition to hypothesize its cause. In cases of whiplash, this is particularly true. Radiculopathy and a herniated disc often point to whiplash as a catalyst.

If you’re experiencing pain symptomatic with a recent neck trauma, it’s important to get checked out for whiplash. Ideal Spine may be able to help catch the condition in its early stages, before symptoms manifest enough for you to suffer long-term. All it takes is some careful sleuthing!

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.