Nobody is free from experiencing the occasional muscle and joint pain, but the discomfort usually subsides after a few days if we’re lucky. For some, this pain evolves into a chronic condition that lasts for months or years before they eventually seek treatment. While pain medications can provide relief, they often come with unpleasant side effects you may want to avoid. Musculoskeletal medicine and chiropractic treatments are growing to become the preferred approach to eliminating discomfort and pain, so understanding these common chiropractic techniques may turn out to be helpful one day for yourself or a friend.
As one of the most common chiropractic techniques for chronic back, neck, hip, or shoulder pains, Gonstead chiropractic analyzes a patient holistically to identify the areas that have been subluxated or misaligned, which is the source of pain and discomfort. It probes deeper than general methods to more exhaustive analyses involving palpitations, nervoscopes, and x-rays, thus making the technique more precise. The thorough nature of this technique ensures an extremely personalized and focalized diagnostic, which leads to a higher likelihood of achieving effective long-term solutions or regimens as a result.
Using a spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument, the activator technique treats various types of back and neck pains. The instrument, which has recently evolved into an electronic tool, uses gentle impulses to nudge subluxations back into its respective alignment, releasing pressure from spinal nerves and eliminating strain from spinal muscles. The swift motion of these nudges means the patient’s muscles are less likely to tense in response, which promotes the effectiveness of this common chiropractic technique. This doesn’t put the joints in any compromised positions and complements other traditional chiropractic treatments.
Patients who are suffering from extreme back pain and do not have the ability to move in normal motions or ranges without discomfort are great candidates for this common chiropractic technique. Flexion distraction is performed on a segmented table that moves as your chiropractor slowly manipulates the spine. As your chiropractor performs these gentle manipulations, a section of the table drops or moves, changing the positioning of the body and allowing patients to receive traction relief in a non-weight-bearing fashion. Gravity enhances the effects of this treatment when the body drops, relieving your arm, leg, neck, or back from pain.
This hands-on common chiropractic technique that aims to restore a joint’s normal range of motion is characterized by a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to restricted joints, which usually results in joint cavitation, where an audible popping noise commonly associated with chiropractic adjustments is heard as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen from the joint is released, helping to relieve some of its pressure. Without having optimal access to its range of motion, the connective tissues surrounding it will be forced to change their positions, which is what causes pain, discomfort, and loss of mobility.
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