Our chiropractors at Specific Care Chiropractic are licensed and trained to perform chiropractic adjustments on patients as a treatment for their injuries. This procedure is also referred to as “spinal manipulation” and involves applying strategic, controlled thrust movements against the spinal joints to shift them into proper alignment. A chiropractor can perform these movements with their hands or an applicator device.
If you are interested in getting chiropractic adjustment treatment, our facility has an office location in Fort Myers, Florida. We can schedule you for your Fort Myers chiropractic adjustments appointment, where you will have an opportunity to speak with one of our physicians about your injury and potential treatment options.
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Our Physicians Are Trained in Multiple Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques
Depending on what kind of injury you have, one of our chiropractors may use one or more of the following adjustment techniques we practice:
This is the most popular adjustment technique for spinal manipulation. The physician focuses on applying force against your spinal vertebrae to put them back into alignment. Patients often feel immediate pain relief.
This is a modified version of the diversified technique, allowing patients to sit upright in a chair for adjustments. This technique is commonly used to treat neck and shoulder injuries; however, patients who suffer from lower back pain due to poor posture may also benefit from seated diversified adjustments.
This technique requires the patient to place their head and chest on the adjustment table. Chiropractors will perform manipulations to target the cervical area of the spine, which includes the top vertebrae of the spinal cord that is located at the base of the skull and down the neck. This method can be an effective treatment for whiplash injuries.
This technique positions the patient on their side with one leg bent forward while the chiropractor adjusts their spine. This method targets lower back and pelvic injuries, including hip injuries.
Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT)
This technique targets both the spinal cord and the central nervous system, as this method is based on the principle that patients can relieve pain and other uncomfortable symptoms by nurturing key parts of the body. These areas include the head, organs, pelvic area, spine, and extremities.
Thompson Drop-Table Technique
This technique requires patients to lie face down in a drop-table, which is split into seven sections to provide support to the patient through the adjustment session. This method is a full-body spinal manipulation process developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson.
Manual Extremity Manipulation
This technique focuses on manipulating areas within the skeletal system located outside of the spinal cord. Referred to as “extremities,” these areas include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. Common injuries treated with this technique include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and knee dislocation.
This method is a modified version of chiropractic adjustments, serving a gentler approach for patients who may be sensitive to forceful thrusts in standard chiropractic care. People aged 65 and older may prefer this method, as well as people who live with chronic illnesses that affect their strength.
This technique involves using a hand-held activator device that simulates chiropractic adjustments performed by hand. This method allows chiropractors to apply high-velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrusts at a controlled rate, which reduces risk during the procedure.
If you have questions about the adjustment techniques your physician will perform for your treatment, our physicians can explain their methods to you in more detail so that you feel comfortable throughout your chiropractic session.
Preparing for Your Chiropractic Adjustment Appointment
Chiropractic adjustments are non-invasive, meaning patients do not receive anesthesia for this procedure, nor do they have to take many precautions to prepare for their appointments. That being said, there are some practical tips to make your session more comfortable:
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, as you may be manipulated into different positions during the adjustment procedure.
- Be mindful of your pain symptoms so that you can communicate them to your physician during treatment.
- Eat a light meal and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated.
Your physician will provide more instruction on how to prepare for your adjustment procedure after reviewing your injuries and conducting diagnostic exams. Additionally, if your treatment plan also includes physiotherapy, our physicians will guide you on how to prepare for these sessions.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Relieve Pain Stemming From Several Injury Types
Chiropractic adjustments can be used to treat:
- Spinal cord injuries and other back injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Herniated disks
- Headaches and migraines
Before your adjustment session, one of our chiropractors will review the nature of your injuries to determine whether other underlying conditions are present that might affect your treatment.
For example, if you complain about back pain and we find that you might have a spinal tumor, we may refer you to a specialist to address this concern. However, if we find you have a herniated disk that caused nerve damage, we may focus on using SOT adjustments to relieve your pain.
Health Journals Have Reported on the Efficacy of Chiropractic Care for Injuries
Some key findings on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments for pain management and mobility enhancement include:
- Scientific Reports published a report on a study that found patients’ neural processing of their pain and discomfort decreased after each adjustment session they participated in.
- A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients increased their motor behavior and muscle functionality over time as they received chiropractic adjustments.
- The Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine concluded that chiropractic adjustments can be a “reasonable treatment” for injuries in the back, head, and neck. Chiropractic care can also be an option for treating headaches and migraines.
Schedule Your Fort Myers Chiropractic Adjustments Appointment
Whether you were injured in a single incident, like an automobile accident, or developed an injury over time due to your work or lifestyle habits, you do not have to continue enduring pain and discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments can realign your spinal cord into proper alignment and diminish any chronic pain or inflammation you feel. With each session, you can begin to notice yourself feeling more flexible in your movements and enjoy life better.