Chiropractors at Health First Chiropractic are proficient in many different adjustment techniques to best meet your specific needs.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, our chiropractors may also use a variety of adjunctive techniques including:
- muscle stretching procedures
- soft tissue therapy
- rehabilitative exercise
- as well as advice about nutrition, posture and lifestyle.
By assessing your individual circumstances, our helpful Adelaide chiropractors use their expertise and clinical experience to help determine a range of approaches most suitable to your condition and body type.
Our chiropractors will discuss chiropractic treatment options with you before care commences, to ensure that you are comfortable with the techniques and approaches recommended for you. We understand you may have individual preferences and will always try to accommodate your requests.
Regardless of which approach is agreed upon, you can rest assured that chiropractic treatment has a trusted record when applied gently and carefully by skilled chiropractors.
You will find that Health First Chiropractic makes every attempt to stay current with the latest technological advances with chiropractic treatment. Current chiropractic adjustment techniques are reliable and more comfortable than ever before.
Understanding different chiropractic adjustment techniques
Below is a brief description of the primary chiropractic adjustment techniques we use. Each method of chiropractic treatment has its advantages and your chiropractor will work with you to determine if one or a combination of methods are right for you.
Spinal manipulation therapy
Also known as manual chiropractic manipulation, this chiropractic adjustment technique is the most commonly used of all techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients.
It involves a quick, yet gentle, pressure to the joint using the chiropractor’s hands. It often results in an audible ‘pop’. This sound is created by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released.
Chiropractic instrument adjustments (Impulse/Activator)
Often the gentlest methods of spinal adjustments, these techniques include the use of instruments to deliver an adjustment to the patient. Instead of the chiropractic manipulation being delivered by hand, mild force is generated with the small handheld instrument that delivers a lighter, but quicker, pressure.
Instrument adjusting can be used as a primary chiropractic treatment method for patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation or adjustment or where manual adjustment may not be a suitable approach for the individual.
This low force chiropractic technique is so gentle it ensures a more relaxed and comfortable experience for all ages, as well as patients with osteoporosis or arthritis.
Impulse Adjusting Instrument
Impulse Adjusting is a new technique purposely created to deliver gentle, controlled and precise chiropractic adjustments to the joints of the spine and extremities to relieve pain and restore function.
There is no popping or cracking with these adjustments, but rather very precise and targeted adjustments designed to specifically care for just the right areas.
The Impulse Adjusting Instrument is specifically tuned to the natural frequency of the body allowing the creation of more bone movement with less force for effortless adjustments with great results.
Activator Adjusting Instrument
The Activator adjusting instrument provides a low force approach to chiropractic care. The instrument assisted treatment has been used on patients of all ages since the late 1960s and has a steadfast reputation for bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns including back pain, neck pain and headaches.
Because of its success and pleasant application, the Activator instrument has grown to become the world’s most widely used instrument for chiropractic adjustments.
Flexion distraction therapy is a lighter technique utilising a specialised table that provides flexion and traction to specific areas of the spine to aid in the recreation of lost movement and the decompression and realignment of the spine.
This chiropractic technique is primarily used to manage:
- disc injuries, such as slipped discs and bulging discs
- spinal stenosis
- back, buttock and leg pain
- mobility of spinal joints.
Drop table adjustments
This specialised chiropractic technique uses a special table with sections that move up and down under your body to lightly unlock specific segments of your spine.
Drop table adjustments allow chiropractors to minimise the force used for the adjustment and avoids any twisting positions.