There are currently over 5,000 chiropractors practicing within Australia. Extensive university education, clinical practice, and ongoing study all combine to produce the different approaches chiropractors use.
There are over 100 adjustment types to choose from. Regardless of the type, all techniques have the same aim: to help restore or enhance joint function.
With that said, there are some more common treatment options. Spinal adjustments may be delivered by what’s called a high-velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust. Tools or specialised tables might form part of the therapeutic picture. Some techniques provide light touch to specific points on the body. Spinal mobilisation may be used. A mixture of approaches might be appropriate. Let’s look at some of the most common techniques.
Adjustments that use HVLA thrust involve applying a controlled manual impulse directly through a joint. You'll notice that your body is positioned carefully to enable a small movement at a specific point. You might hear a popping sound; this is caused by a small pocket of gas being released from the joint. This safe sound is common; however, its presence or absence doesn’t determine the effectiveness of your care.
Mobilisation is used for the same reason as HVLA adjustments; to help improve joint function. However, the process is different; mobilisation uses a repeated rocking movement. Think of this like repetitively stretching a joint in a particular way.
As well as, or instead of HVLA or mobilisation, your chiropractor might use other types of care. Customised tables that are designed to optimise your adjustments. Aids, like blocks or traction machines help to realign the spine. Purpose-built hand-held instruments are used to help joint motion. Specific touch, soft tissue therapy, heat and ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, taping, or laser, are examples of ways to move, relax, and heal your body.
In essence, chiropractors have a vast array of techniques at the ready. We don’t use a “one size fits all” model; your plan will be developed after an in-depth consultation, examination, and scans if needed. Everyone’s needs and conditions are different, that’s why it’s important to talk honestly with us – your active involvement will help us to establish your tailored treatment plan.
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