What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a licensed health care profession provided by chiropractors. Doctors of chiropractic are primarily concerned with diagnosis and treatment of mechanical problems within the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine.
The main chiropractic treatment is a manual therapy technique called an adjustment. Adjustments are done mostly on the spine but can be performed on almost any joint.
There are dozens of chiropractic adjustment techniques, including Thompson drop table technique and the activator method.
The diversified chiropractic technique (DCT) is the most common adjustment technique. The goal of chiropractic adjustments is to restore normal range of motion to a joint.
DCT is often what you might think of as a manual adjustment, chiropractic adjustment, spinal adjustment, or spinal manipulation. The diversified technique involves application of a short (low-amplitude), quick (high-velocity) thrust over one restricted joint at a time.
Chiropractors at BackFit Health + Spine often include an interdisciplinary approach, such as physical exercise, lifestyle counseling, nutrition counseling, and medical intervention to help the body’s ability to heal.
What symptoms and conditions does chiropractic care treat?
Adjustments by a chiropractor can relieve pain and address many common conditions, such as:
And many more conditions with acute and chronic pain symptoms. By adjusting the spine and other joints, your nervous system can be freed from nerve impingements. This often provides much needed pain relief.
If you’ve been in a car accident, chiropractic adjustments can help get you back to normal quicker than normal.
Those with osteoarthritis, spinal cord compression, or inflammatory arthritis, or those taking blood-thinning medication are not good candidates for chiropractic. If you have a history of cancer, talk to your oncologist to confirm if chiropractic adjustments are right for you.
What education and licensure do chiropractors need?
In order to practice, chiropractors are required to:
Chiropractic education includes coursework in biology, anatomy & physiology, supervised clinical experience assessing, diagnosing, and adjusting the spine and joints, and more.
Most health insurance plans now cover chiropractic care.
What is drop table method?
Chiropractors are trained in a number of techniques depending on their training and their practice development. Also known as the Thompson Technique, the drop table method is very common with almost all chiropractors trained in it.
The drop table technique uses a special table that moves. The table has segments that can be lifted up a few inches and dropped down. In contrast to diversified technique, an adjustment on a drop table is low-velocity with the assistance of gravity.
The drop table technique is especially suited for:
- Family chiropractic
- Hip adjustments
- Low back pain
- Kyphotic neck curve (“hunchback”)
- Pediatric adjustments
- Pregnant women
It is also well suited for those that prefer to not be manually adjusted by hand.
What is the activator method?
The activator method uses a small, spring-loaded, hand-held instrument, also called an activator. This instrument delivers a low-force, specific impulse to a targeted vertebrae or joint. An activator adjustment feels like a reflex test, such the reflex test done on your knees.
The activator method is one of the most widely researched adjustment methods. It’s low force is an excellent alternative to a traditional manual adjustment. An activator method adjustment is very gentle. It is especially suited for TMJ disorders, bulging discs and other disc problems, nerve conditions, inflammation at the joints, and more.
Children and seniors often appreciate the gentle adjustment the activator method provides, as well as patients that do not want a classic manual adjustment of their neck.
What can I expect for my first chiropractic visit?
Here at BackFit, our doctors of chiropractic work directly with our medical doctors to provide patient care similarly to conventional medicine:
- Consult with the patient.
- Obtain a detailed health history.
- Perform an examination and tests.
- Obtain x-rays or other imaging in-house.
- Develop a working diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis is reached, our doctors of chiropractic will provide a number of options for a treatment plan. If you have insurance, we also call your insurance company for you to confirm your chiropractic benefits. Or if you do not have insurance, we can discuss flexible cash plans with you.
Treatment always takes patient choice into account. You can choose what adjustments you receive to what parts of your body and what method is used for your adjustment.
At BackFit, your personalized plan could include chiropractic adjustments PLUS spinal decompression, physical therapy, massage therapy, medical services, pain management, and more. We have every provider under one roof.