The Nature of Chiropractic Care
An adjustment is the primary therapeutic tool used by chiropractors. The adjustment is a controlled force applied to an affected joint of the spine or extremity. The purpose of this is to influence the motion and neurologic function of the joint. The adjustment or manipulation can be performed with many different techniques to best suit the patient. At Mountain View Pain Center our doctors have treated patients from as young as a few days old, to patients in their 100’s.
These are the types of adjustments and chiropractic techniques we use to help provide pain relief for our patients:
Mountain View Pain Center uses one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world. Activator Methods Technique® (AMCT) is a gentle, low-force chiropractic technique that has been safely used for 35 years. AMCT evolved from 35 years of empirical study and 15 years of clinical research. AMCT doctors go through extensive training to learn specific procedures to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyze leg length inequality, detect body mechanics problems, and test neurological reflexes.
Diversified Technique is the classic chiropractic technique, developed by D.D. Palmer, DC and was refined and developed by the late Otto Reinert, DC, to address biomechanical failure in each section of the spine, as it relates to specific subluxation. The focus is on restoration to normal biomechanical function, and correction of subluxation. In addition, Diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports injuries and other injuries. Diversified adjusting of the spine uses specific lines of drives for all manual thrusts, allowing for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine.
Gonstead represents the ultimate standard in “hands on” spinal adjusting and remains one of the leaders in chiropractic techniques. The Gonstead Technique has a specific application on the affected segment or segments only. What makes the Gonstead technique unique is its system that allows for a very thorough evaluation process: inspection (postural and gait), instrumentation (handheld), radiographs (when warranted), and static and motion palpation. Gonstead chiropractic evaluation allows for the doctor to determine a listing system for a systematic reference to the positional dyskinesia of the subluxated segment to be adjusted. This short-lever adjustment specifically directs a three-dimensional force away from the direction of misalignment while protecting the normal, functional spinal units.
The Thompson Technique was first introduced over fifty years ago by Dr. J. Clay Thompson. Since the beginning, this system of analysis and drop-table correction has been used by thousands of successful chiropractors. J. Clay Thompson Technique uses leg check analysis to locate vertebral subluxations. The leg check analysis is systematic and straightforward, and any doctor can learn and use it. The analysis and adjusting procedures developed by Dr. Thompson give the doctor’s confidence in their ability to locate and correct subluxations. The drop mechanism is based on Newton’s First Law of Motion, which states: “A body is in equilibrium if no force is acting upon it. If it is at rest, it remains so; if in motion, it persists in motion, unless an opposing force is met.” Newton’s First Law is the basis for the low force, high velocity adjustment that is safer for the patient and easier on the doctor. Many chiropractors attribute their long careers to their use of this table.
Doctors of Chiropractic are professionals trained to use their clinical skills to diagnose issues of the musculoskeletal system. Through a thorough examination, which may include reading diagnostic information such as x-rays or lab results, our chiropractor will be able to form a treatment plan best suited for the patient. The treatment plan may include soft tissue therapy, rehab, manipulation, or physical therapy. In many cases your chiropractor may work with you using nutritional supplements to maximize your full health potential.
Many people initially seek out a chiropractic care for issues such as neck pain and low back pain, and they are surprised to find out what other types of treatments a chiropractor can provide. Our doctors at Mountain View Pain Center are also able to perform physical therapy. We see all types of sports related injuries such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, knee rehab, shoulder and wrists sprains, as well as the more common cases such as neck and back pain, and disc related injuries.
Through this combination of treatments, chiropractors are also able to help you work on your posture from scoliosis treatment, to better ergonomic function in the work place. If you have any questions about your injury and how chiropractic may help you, please read our chiropractic FAQs or contact one of our offices and ask to speak with one of the doctors on how they may be able to assist you.