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Wide Variety of Chiropractic Techniques
On your first visit to a chiropractor, you really aren’t going to know what to expect. Sure, you will likely have forms to fill out, and perhaps a nurse or assistant will take a medical history as well as your background information for their files. Then, the chiropractor will examine your back, perhaps. As for what happens next, that’s anyone’s guess.
It can be a little nerve-wracking anticipating an initial chiropractic visit, because most people have no idea what types of techniques the chiropractor might do. All most people know about chiropractors is what they have seen on television or in the movies—and those don’t typically show a realistic picture of what chiropractic care is really like. Chiropractic techniques are not much like the ones seen in the moves or on television.
Types of Chiropractic Techniques
There are dozens of different chiropractic techniques. Most chiropractic doctors typically have about 50 or so techniques that they routinely use with most patients. However, a chiropractor does select a chiropractic technique based upon the patient’s needs.
Many techniques are ones of manipulation or mobilization. Manipulation involves a movement of short distance and quickness. This type of adjustment is helpful with joint issues. Mobilization adjustments are ones which help to increase a patient’s range of motion.
Here are some of the most commonly used chiropractic techniques:
- Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST)
- Gonstead Technique
- Cox Flexion Distraction
- Thompson Terminal Point
- Palmer Toggle Recoil Chiropractic Technique
- Sacro-Occipital Chiropractic Technique
- Applied Kinesiology
There are, of course, many more chiropractic techniques than these. Some chiropractors specialize in certain types of techniques. The techniques done by a certain chiropractic doctor may also depend upon the type of chiropractor he is—mixing chiropractors may perform a wider variety of techniques than straight chiropractors or reform chiropractors.
How Chiropractic Techniques are Performed?
Whichever chiropractic technique your chiropractor chooses to use, it is essential to be relaxed in order for the procedure to work. This is because chiropractic techniques often rely upon a focused thrust or movement to one specific location along the patient’s spine. The patient needs to be at ease so that the chiropractor can guide the movement to the exact desired location and so that the patient’s muscles do not contract at the moment of or just prior to contact. Most chiropractors are skilled at getting patients to relax, but if you don’t feel comfortable, find a different chiropractor.