Chiroworks mainly utilizes Diversified Technique, which is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation and adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught at chiropractic colleges. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is likely familiar to most patients.
The Diversified manipulation or adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a joint cavitation (the quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation or adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body.
ANATOMY OF AN ADJUSTMENT
Here’s how a chiropractic adjustment works:
The chiropractor will locate the source of your pain by:
- Listening to you explain your symptoms
- Using his or her hands and knowledge of the spine to locate the precise source of pain
- Using x-rays, orthopaedic tests (e.g. checking how you walk, bend or lift things) or neurological tests (e.g. checking hand-eye coordination and/or reflexes)
Once the problem is located, the chiropractor will test your range of motion by:
- Testing how far you can move by yourself without any pain
- Testing how far you can move with a little help
Once a course of care is determine and the matter of informed consent discussed, treatment can begin. When your chiropractor determines your range of motion, he or she:
- Carefully positions you to isolate the problem and move your affected joint to the limit of its range of motion
- Uses his or her hands directly on your back to carefully apply the pressure required to move the affected joint
- Relieves the pressure on your joint to improve mobility and allow the joints, muscles, and nerves to function properly