While all chiropractic care draws from fundamental elements that relate to caring for the body naturally, a doctor of chiropractic will adapt and adjust various chiropractic treatment plans in order to meet and satisfy the specific needs of each patient. Standard chiropractic adjustments and treatment plans involve some a moderate amount of force used in spinal adjustment techniques. These can happen during one visit or over the course of multiple weekly or bi weekly sessions; it all depends on the specific issue or issues that a patient is dealing with at that time. A typical patient will come into a chiropractic clinic for spinal adjustments for roughly six to 10 visits, with the treatment plan becoming slightly adjusted as needed depending on the progress of the treatment.
Spinal Manipulation Vs. Spinal Mobilization Adjustment Techniques
If you are considering going into The Joint location on the border of Golden and Colorado to treat whatever pain or discomfort you have been experiencing, you’ll want to prepare yourself for your visit by understanding what the two most common chiropractic adjustment techniques are. The first and most frequently used chiropractic technique is known as spinal manipulation, or the traditional high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust. With this particular adjustment technique, a doctor of chiropractic will use their hands to apply a sudden and controlled amount of force to a specific problem joint. Your body will often be placed in a specific posture in order to achieve the best results, and many times, this manipulation technique often results in an audible “pop” sound. If you hear this sound during your adjustment, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s completely normal to hear popping sounds and noises during an HVLA adjustment session. All it means is that natural gas is being released from your joints as they are adjusted and manipulated.
The second adjustment technique is called spinal mobilization, also referred to as Low Force or Gentle Chiropractic Techniques. Some patients will be assessed and determined to need a gentler approach to chiropractic treatments. Often, patients with conditions such as osteoporosis or pathology will benefit more from low force chiropractic adjustments. A doctor of chiropractic will also assess a patient’s height, weight, comfort levels, and personal preference when deciding whether to go with spinal manipulation or spinal mobilization. These milder adjustment techniques generally don’t involve forceful thrusts or any twisting of the patient’s body at all.
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