Spinal Manipulation

One common form of treatment that our clinic may utilize in your care is known as manipulation or an 'Adjustment'. There are various forms of adjustments available at our clinic.  If a patient is apprehensive about this procedure, then we will use other methods of care to effectively treat your condition.

The affects of the Adjustment include:

Decreased Inflammation:

Inflammation is one reason why pain and dysfunction occur in the body. Research shows that the Adjustment has anti-inflammatory affects which will also help the reduction of pain, but more importantly reduce the inflammation in and around the joint which will allow function to return.

Increased Motion:

When a joint is not moving properly it creates unwanted stress on the body. Decreased joint motion makes other joints work harder to compensate for the dysfunctional joint. The Adjustment will restore proper motion to the joint while also decreasing muscle spasm.

Pain Reduction:

Research shows that the Adjustment reduces pain. This is accomplished by the activating the body’s own pain relievers. While the primary goal of the adjustment is to restore function, a reduction of pain is experienced by most patients.

There are two types of adjustments commonly utilized:

High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA)

HVLA is often associated with the ‘popping’ sound. The doctor will use a speedy thrust with his hands (or adjusting instrument) into the dysfunctional joint in efforts to achieve the above affects. Most chiropractors utilize this type of Adjustment in their office.

Low Velocity Low Amplitude (LVLA)

LVLA, however, is not often utilized in chiropractic offices. Flexion-Distraction Technique, a form of LVLA, is one of our specialty techniques that does not utilize a speedy thrust and is therefore a very “low force” technique. A ‘crack’ or ‘pop’ may be heard with this movement but not always.