Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be a safe and effective alternative treatment for pain and injury.
Chiropractors perform 95 percent of all adjustments in the world to correct the misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments are performed by applying gentle, yet firm pressure to a bone. The goal of any adjustment is to restore normal function to the spine.
Some spinal manipulation techniques are:
- Specific Spinal Manipulation: Dr. Van Wormer will identify specific joints that show restricted motion, known as subluxations. He will return motion to the joint using a gentle thrusting motion. The gentle thrusting rapidly stretches the soft tissue as well as stimulates the nervous system.
- Flexion-Distraction Technique: This is a gentle manipulation that does not use any thrust. It is often used to treat bulging or herniated discs. Dr. Van Wormer will use a special table to assist with this technique that uses a slow pumping action on the disc rather than direct force.
- Instrument-Assisted Manipulation: This is another non-thrusting technique. To perform this procedure, Dr. Van Wormer will use a hand-held instrument to apply force without thrusting the spine.
In addition to manipulation, Dr. Van Wormer may also use manual therapies. These therapies treat injured soft tissues such as ligaments and muscles.
Chiropractors take many factors—including size, weight, and muscle structure—into consideration when deciding on which adjustment to make. Sometimes, ice, electrical stimulation, or massage therapy (including traction massage) are used prior to a spinal manipulation in order to relax the muscles.