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Chiropractic Techniques

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Chiropractic Techniques

The utilization of chiropractic adjustments focuses on the ultimate goal of increased movement regarding the joints, and tissues. Injury, poor posture, sprains, and strains all contribute to the circumstances of tightened muscles and reduced movement of the joints. This restriction can be felt when you are unable to turn your back or look over your shoulder without feeling pulling, tightness, dulling pain, or a twinge of sudden pain. Mild restrictions can often be alleviated by employing a regimen of stretching and range of motion exercises. However, for situations of more severe affliction, chiropractic adjustments are often needed to alleviate pain and restore normal motion.

There are variable techniques that a chiropractor enacts in order to relieve pain and regain acceptable range of motion. The important consideration of any chiropractic professional is to reduce pressure and engage a range of motion where a patient is free of pain, and the affected area has adequate range of motion and travel. We strive to utilize the best and most advanced techniques available, applying them at the correct time, and in the correct situation.

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic

The name “Atlas Orthogonal” is in reference to the uppermost bone of the neck that surrounds a vital part of the nervous system known as the brain stem. The brain stem is in control of a variety of systematic functions, many of which keep us alive without our awareness that they occur. The brainstem regulates blood pressure and breathing, in addition to upright posture. When the atlas is in proper alignment, the head resides directly above it. The neck falls in line directly below the atlas in a straightened position known as “orthogonal”, or at right angles.

When the atlas is misaligned, the transmissions between the brain and different areas of the body can be interrupted or altered leading to pain and disease. Atlas Orthogonal (AO) specialists carefully align the atlas into an orthogonal position to alleviate this misalignment. This process differs from numerous traditional chiropractic procedures in that the neck is not turned or twisted to accomplish the adjustment. Instead, the atlas is readjusted into its proper position while the neck resides in a neutral position. This process causes no cracking or popping commonly associate with chiropractic procedures of any kind.

The uppermost spinal bone is the key to returning the body to an in balance state, and returning the atlas to its natural position is often the first step in the correction of spinal misalignments. The Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic technique is able to alleviate:

  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Vertigo
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Whiplash Syndrome

Activator Methods

The Activator Method utilizes a small device to make gentle adjustments, relieving pain and pressure in a targeted area. Tissues centralized in problem areas are tapped or probed with the device. The specified area is first tapped with a light amount of pressure, then tapped with a quick thrust similar to undergoing reflex testing. There is no twisting or turning with the Activator Method, and no cracking popping that is commonly associated with chiropractic treatment.

The device used during the administration of the Activator Method was designed to replicate the effects of a traditional manual chiropractic adjustment. The speed at which this utensil can be employed allows the muscles to be more relaxed, with less of a chance of reactive tightening. This provides a patient the fortunate advantage of a greater chance of positive reception to the treatment. The Activator Method is additionally able to treat a smaller, more specific trouble area, targeting even specific vertebrae within the spinal column.

Chiropractic Massage

Chiropractic care works harmoniously with massage therapy to create a faster healing and recovery period for a patient. When muscles, joints, and tissues enter a state of being relaxed during massage therapy, it allows a chiropractor to seamlessly realign variable parts of the body seamlessly.

Massage refers to the manipulation of muscles and tissues of the body through gentle, slow movements, as well as the application of force, kneading, and pressing. Massage helps to alleviate tension contained in the muscles that may be knotted or cramped and cause pain in specific areas.

Chiropractic Massage involved the manipulation of the spine, bones, and nervous system. The technique is based on the understanding that the nervous system affects all other parts of the body, resulting in a number of derivative conditions.