A Quick Guide to Chiropractic Techniques

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A Quick Guide to Chiropractic TechniquesYou may relate going to the chiropractor with having a sore back that needs adjusting, but a chiropractor can help with so much more, including reducing stress, headaches, and carpal tunnel. In fact, 35 million Americans see a chiropractor each year to help them with a number of different ailments. 

A chiropractor specializes in treating and preventing spine and nervous system disorders. A variety of disorders means that while chiropractic care can treat constant physical discomfort, it is also an effective natural treatment for conditions like ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis can improve sleep, enhance behavior and attitude, and encourage a better immune system function.

Read on to learn about five of the most common chiropractic techniques chiropractors use today.

Manual Therapy

This technique, also known as manual spinal manipulation, is the most commonly used by chiropractors today. 

During manual therapy, your chiropractor applies a controlled amount of sudden and quick pressure while your body is moved in a particular position. Manual adjustments cause the “pop” or “crack” that is often associated with going to the chiropractor. 

Gonstead Technique

This technique, named after its founder, focuses on the lower back and pelvis. During this technique, you either sit or lay on your side while your chiropractor uses their hands to realign your spine. This technique is very precise and targets specific areas of the body that give you trouble.

If you suffer from pain and stiffness in your back or limited mobility, this may be a technique that your chiropractor will use on you.

Flexion Distraction 

Next up on our chiropractic techniques guide is the Flexion Distraction technique. Patients treated using this type of chiropractic care will first lie on a specially designed table. The table then moves as your chiropractor adjusts your spine.

This technique works well for people who have pain in their lower back and help relieve leg, arm, and neck pain.

Thompson Drop Chiropractic Technique 

Thompson Drop Technique is another method that uses a specialized table during treatment. The table drops slightly and quickly as your chiropractor applies a specific force to different areas of the body. 

People with stiff or misaligned joints most benefit from this chiropractic technique. The drop technique is a gentler approach that is still very effective for helping align your body. 

Koren Specific Technique (KST)

KST is the preferred technique we use at Dody Chiropractic in Littleton, CO. A relatively new technique known for its gentle but long-lasting results. This modern technique allows patients to be analyzed more effectively than ever before, with adjustments holding stronger and for more extended periods of time. 

When a chiropractor uses this technique, they use three steps to look at the body: challengecheck for alignment, and correct anything that is out of place. 

The last stage is conducted with the help of ArthroStim™. This instrument acts as an extension of the hands, targeting only areas of subluxation, distortions, interferences, and/or stress. There is no pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, or “cracking,” just the gentle vibration of the instrument.

One of the biggest advantages of the Koren Specific Technique (KST) is that it doesn’t use excessive force. It is a much gentler way to provide spinal care while still giving you exceptional outcomes. 

Chiropractic Techniques Explained 

The next time you go for your adjustment, you’ll better understand the chiropractic techniques being used on you. 

Dody Chiropractic Center for Wholeness would love to show you the benefits of KST. You’ll be amazed at how your body responds to this technique and how much better you’ll feel after this holistic type of care. 

If you live in the Littleton, CO area, contact us today and let us help get you feeling your healthiest!

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