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Chiropractic Applications

Chiropractors use hundreds of different techniques, depending on the personal attributes of a patient. Some common techniques include:

Diversified Adjusting
Diversified adjusting is the classic chiropractic technique that makes a popping sound as the adjustment is made. It focuses on restoration to normal biomechanical function and is beneficial in treating sports injuries, for example.

Cox Flexion Distraction
Cox flexion distraction stretches the spine to remove compression from the nerves, and then flexes it to painlessly resolve lower back pain caused by joint and disc problems.

Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy involves direct pressure to and stretching of the affected musculature. The technique affects the body by eliminating the accumulation of waste in the muscle, allowing for restoration of normal muscle tone and flexibility.

The Gonstead Technique
The Gonstead technique is one of the safest systems of evaluating and caring for conditions related to the spine. The technique adjusts the neck of the seated patient with the use of a specific maneuver.

Applied Kinesiology
Applied kinesiology holds that internal problems, like weak organs, can be identified by testing muscle vitality. A chiropractor specializing in this area will manually test muscles, most commonly by pressing them and testing resistance. After extensive testing and questioning of the patient, the doctor will then diagnose the malady and prescribe a regime drawing from various therapies and disciplines.

Sacro-Occipital Technique
The sacro-occipital technique addresses muscle tension at the pelvis, which affects the neck. Padded blocks are placed under the pelvic area, allowing the body to readjust itself.

These are custom-made devices placed in shoes to treat bad posture caused by uneven leg length, spinal curvature or a tilted pelvis.

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture in that it abides by the laws of chi, or energy. There are specific meridians or channels of energy within the body, and pressure along these points relieves pain and disease. Because the meridians are reliant upon the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, energy blockage can result in various disorders. If patients do not make progress with chiropractic, the chiropractor may recommend acupuncture or acupressure.

Nutritional Counseling
Many chiropractors prescribe herbal and vitamin supplements to correct various deficiencies.