The most commonly used chiropractic treatment technique is the adjustment.
Adjustments (or spinal manipulation) aim to restore normal motion to a dysfunctional spinal joint and in doing so, result in a decrease in pain and an increase in mobility.
During the examination, a chiropractor will use a technique called motion palpation to feel for restricted movement and a reproduction of pain/symptoms at each vertebral level along the spine. Once a restricted segment has been identified, the chiropractor will correct this dysfunctional movement with an adjustment.
The adjustment is a High-velocity, Low-amplitude thrust that is usually accompanied by an audible release or “cracking” sound.
This sound is called a cavitation and occurs as a result of an expansion of gas bubbles within the joint. After an adjustment, you will feel an almost instant relief and notice that you have much more mobility than before.
Decompression treatment modalities such as lumbar traction, flexion distraction as well as cervical traction are also sometimes used by chiropractors if needed.
Some chiropractors also incorporate soft tissue modalities into their treatments such as:
- Dry Needling
- Fascial release or IASTM
- Electrotherapy (IFC, Ultrasound etc)