5 Common Chiropractic Techniques For Back and Neck Pain

5 Common Chiropractic Techniques For Back and Neck Pain

Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to treat many conditions. Spinal manipulation, also known as manual therapy or spinal manipulative therapy, combines massage, jolting and moving joints, physical therapy, and exercise. It is done to improve nerve function, reduce inflammation, and relieve pressure on joints. We at Boca Health & Wellness Center, Boca Raton, use spinal manipulation to treat back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headache, and many other conditions. Here are five common chiropractic techniques for back and neck pain treatment.

Man with Neck and Back Pain

Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead technique is a method used to analyze and treat the spine. It is an effective and gentle technique that is accurate, precise, and specific in examining and adjusting the spine. The chiropractor takes great care to ensure the correct biomechanical position and a precise thrust to give the most painless and accurate adjustment possible. For analysis, the chiropractor uses your case history, X-ray analysis, instrumentation (nervoscope), static palpitation, and motion palpitation.

Soft Tissue Therapy

 Soft tissue therapy is the manipulation of the body's soft tissues such as the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. This technique helps eliminate soft tissue pain and discomfort linked to everyday and occupational stresses, overuse of muscles, and chronic pain conditions. Some of the methods used in soft tissue therapy include:

•    Post-isometric relaxation
•    Soft tissue release
•    Myofascial release
•    Trigger point therapy
•    Massage

Graston Technique

The Graston Technique is a patented type of spinal manipulation that uses stainless steel instruments to administer muscle mobilizations. It is a deeper, more intense form of manual therapy. Chiropractors use the Graston Technique in two ways. First, they locate muscle knots or constraints. They achieve this by running the instruments over your skin to feel the scar or fibrous tissue that may be restricting your movement or causing you pain. Second, they use the apparatus to break up these tissues to restore function and mobility.

Flexion Distraction

Flexion Distraction is a non-surgical chiropractic technique aimed at resolving disc herniations and disc bulges and increasing spinal motion. It is a gentle, safe, and non-force procedure that removes pressure from the spinal nerves that may be dysfunctional or injured. It involves using a special table that flexes and distracts the spine in a gentle and automated rhythmic motion. The chiropractor also uses some manual techniques to resolve the disc bulge or herniation.

Thompson Technique

The Thompson Technique is a full-spine adjustment treatment that emphasizes low-force, high-velocity, low- amplitude procedures and uses a "segmental drop table" as an indispensable accessory. The drop table augments the force being applied on the segment or joint being adjusted. The table uses the natural design of spinal joints to enhance the movement of misaligned spinal extremities in a direction that will improve the motion of this segment.

Do You Need Help?

Back pain and neck pain can significantly hamper your movement, making you unproductive. However, at Boca Health & Wellness Center, Boca Raton, we offer chiropractic services that will help you deal with these health conditions and live a healthy life. To find out more about our services, visit us or call us today at (561) 447-2228.