Chiropractors care for patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain, and headaches.
Some techniques used in advanced chiropractic care include:
- Active Release Technique: This movement-based massage technique may be recommended to patients who suffer from a wide range of ailments, including headaches, back and neck pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis. Damaged tissues are treated when the clinician applies direct pressure to the affected area while the patient completes specific movements.
- Applied Kinesiology: This diagnostic technique tests various imbalances in the body to eventually identify and treat nutritional deficiencies, nervous system problems, and other health concerns. Specific exams may include testing a patient’s blood pressure, food sensitivities, reflexes, and balance.
- Joint Manipulation: Passive movements to the joints and soft tissue help relieve musculoskeletal pain and increase range-of-motion in the body. Joint manipulation is often recommended to patients who suffer from chronic back and neck pain, as well as overall joint stiffness and reduced mobility. During treatment, a clinician applies direct force to the affected joint(s) to release pressure.
- Spinal Adjustment: Also known as a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation, a spinal adjustment is a therapeutic treatment for patients who have spinal joint abnormalities. Similar to joint manipulation, this technique applies direct force to joints in the spine to release pressure. Spinal adjustments can provide temporary pain relief and long-term wellness for patients who suffer from chronic neck and back pain.
- Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic: The cervical portion of the spine, also known as the neck, requires special care due to its unique anatomy. During an upper cervical specific adjustment, patients receive safe, quick pulses to the neck to eliminate nerve irritation and restore communication from the brain to the rest of the body. Patients undergo a physical examination and infrared thermography before being sent home.
Manipulative therapies are primarily used to help treat chronic back pain disorders. Some chiropractic care may be supplemented with pain management therapies for back conditions such as sciatica, spinal stenosis, or a herniated disc.