Chiropractic, like all professions, has its own unique terminology and vocabulary – words that have specific meaning for chiropractors.
The Vertebral Subluxation
Chiropractors examine the spine for structural misalignments and musculo skeletal problems we call Vertebral Subluxations. The chiropractors role is to determine whether these vertebral subluxations are present and if they are contributing to symptoms or interfering with the patient’s spinal function.
An adjustment is performed by a chiropractor to reduce the discomfort of the Vertebral Subluxation and to improve the function of the spinal segment. In our practices we use a variety of Chiropractic Techniques to perform the adjustment. There are many factors that determine which chiropractic technique is used for the patient’s presenting condition including; the age of the patient, the severity of the condition, type of condition, and the chiropractor’s skill or expertise.
We use a variety of examination procedures to understand your presenting complaint and determine if chiropractic can help you. These include the following:
A neurological technique that is specific, low force and uses specialty engineered ‘drop piece’ tables. Is an effective technique for all patient types
A tried and tested manual technique that utilizes x-ray and motion analysis to accurately determine the vertebral subluxation and the required correction.
An original manual chiropractic technique.
A low force technique that is appropriate for acute patients, the elderly, neurological conditions (e.g. sciatica, disc), and as a maintenance technique.
Massage is an adjunctive therapy that we utilize in our practices. There are several types of massage techniques that our therapists use depending on the presenting complaint of the patient. These vary from relaxation and remedial to deep tissue massage.
Surface-electromyography and Thermography (sEMG)
Our practices are equipped with state of the art sEMG which scans the spinal regions for surface temperature changes and muscular activity. These graphs give us further information about inflammation and muscular imbalances associated with the patients condition.
Low force technique that uses an ‘instrument’ to perform the adjustment.
We segmentally examine the patient’s spine, looking for tenderness, restricted movement, swelling, muscle spasm and any possible malformation or pathology.
Using digital photographs and the ‘Posture-Pro’ software program we are able to gain valuable postural information and give advice about the patients condition.
X-ray analysis gives our chiropractors an internal image of the spine to thoroughly understand the structure, mechanics and an awareness of any congenital anomalies or pathologies. We typically use weight bearing images so we can analyze alignment, angles and curvature of the spine.
We also use some variations of techniques like Chiropractic Bio-physics, Neuro-emotional technique and Applied Kinesiology.