Like a handyman with his trusty toolbox, chiropractors have their own set of methodological tools. The theory for both professions is the same: every problem requires a unique and tailored approach to yield results. A handyman doesn’t hammer in a nail with a screwdriver and a chiropractor doesn’t use drop table adjustments when they should use traction.
Diversified adjustment techniques are critical in delivering tailored relief to patients with spinal misalignments. Understanding the approach is just as important as administering the treatment, which makes the ability to thoroughly vet a condition paramount. This is where Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) stands apart. It ensures the proper adjustment method is applied to a specific situation.
CBP-trained chiropractors utilize their full suite of adjustment techniques on a case-by-case basis. This ensures patients receive the very best care possible for their unique condition.
The chiropractor’s toolbox
Chiropractic adjustment and manipulation of the spine falls into a general category of rehabilitation known as high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) technique. As the name implies, the method of affecting change through physical manipulation is done via sudden, precise intervention with low levels of force.
But HVLA is just the metaphorical toolbox of a chiropractor. Within this distinction, there are numerous specific modalities that are used to adjust patients based on their condition. And though they all share the same characteristics, the way they’re administered makes them unique. Some examples include:
- Drop technique: Adjustment via this technique is done by creating space and momentum. Patients lay on a special table with specific sections that, when triggered by the chiropractor, release. This allows areas of the patient to drop simultaneously as they’re being acted upon, facilitating the adjustment.
- Diversified technique: This is the classic method of adjustment. Patients usually sit or stand while a chiropractor positions joints for movement. With a quick thrust and shift, the affected area is pushed back into the bounds of normal range of motion. In some cases, the body is positioned in an overcompensating way to facilitate a more determined shift.
- Gonstead technique: This hybrid HVLA adjustment uses supports to induce joint movement during adjustment. Instead of creating a void, as a drop table might, Gonstead technique creates resistance that helps to facilitate movement. The positioning of the patient has roots in the diversified technique.
- Traction: Traction is an outlier in HVLA adjustment because it’s often static in its application. The patient is placed in traction and held there to decompress or train the body to correct itself. Nevertheless, traction is a chiropractic tool that’s frequently employed in tandem with other HVLA adjustments.
Pairing method with condition
When patient conditions are diagnosed via CBP, an adjustment plan is next to follow. Based on the nature of the diagnosis, the proper adjustment techniques must also be chosen. This means a chiropractor must thoroughly assess the patient and the adjustment methodology on a case-by-case basis. Doing so can help to produce quantifiable results when the condition is revisited later in the CBP recovery timeline.
The CBP approach and its extensive toolbox of chiropractic adjustment methods help CBP-trained chiropractic professionals assist patients with a wide range of spinal issues. Pairing clinical assessment with practical adjustment techniques paves the way for results that are truly tailored to the individual.
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.