Chiropractic is a manual/hands on approach to helping patients feel better and allow their body to function at its best. The goal is to identify impingement areas in the spine where the nerves could be trapped and creating a physical problem. Since your nerves talk to the skin, the muscles and the organs, any of these systems can be impacted from a pinched nerve.
Chiropractors use spinal movements or manipulations to align the spine, open up the spaces where the nerves exit and relieves the physical problem. Some of the techniques we use to adjust the spine include: Full Spine, Thompson Drop Table, Activator, Active Release, Diversified, and Traction. Although there are many ways to do the job, each Chiropractor's goal is the same and that is to get painful joints to track better and release the tension.
Just as lasers have replaced scalpels in some surgeries, advanced technology has become available to chiropractors to assist in delivering chiropractic adjustments.
At Knight Family Chiropractic we now use the Impulse Adjusting Instrument® in the care of our patients who opt for a gentler approach to being adjusted. This FDA registered device was specifically created to deliver gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments to the joints of the spine and extremities to relieve pain and restore function.
know the facts
Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons, second to respiratory issues for missed work.
One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.1
Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.2
Most cases of back pain are mechanical—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.3
Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain (decreasing the need for medication in some cases), rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.4
1. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.
3. In Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD.
4. Time to recognize value of chiropractic care? Science and patient satisfaction surveys cite usefulness of spinal manipulation. Orthopedics Today 2003 Feb; 23(2):14-15.