Emphasizing the entire complex of joints, muscles and nerves Chiropractors focus on restoring and maintaining the health of your joints, muscles and nerves through the use of an adjustment. A spinal or extremity adjustment can restore normal movement, relieve pain and stimulate higher function of your brain and nervous system resulting in a renewed sense of vitality.
In order to provide the most individualized, comfortable and safe treatment, Chiro-Health employs a wide variety of chiropractor techniques for our patients, including Diversified, Gonstead, Drop table, Activator, SOT blocking, Biophysics, and Flexion distraction therapy. Here are the available chiropractic care services in San Francisco, CA.
Diversified Technique (or Full-Spine Specific)
This is a widely used chiropractic manipulation/adjustment that entails a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to create cavitation of a joint (the “popping” noise often associated with a chiropractic adjustment).
This variation of the Diversified technique uses hand adjustment to achieve joint cavitation. X-ray analysis, palpation and temperature gradients studies may also be used in clinical decision-making to determine which segments to manipulate or adjust.
Thompson Drop Table Technique
This technique uses a special table with several “drop-piece” segments. The drop pieces help with thrusting while minimizing the force needed for the manipulation/adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur.
Activator or Spring-loaded Instrument
Here the adjusting force is applied by a percussive device that features a stylus tip. This technique is used for patents who prefer not to be manually manipulated/adjusted or where manual work may not be recommended.
In certain situations, chiropractic manipulation/adjustment can be applied beyond the spine – for example, on shoulders, elbows, wrists or knees. Examples of when Extremity Manipulating is used include carpal tunnel syndrome, gait problems, or posture-related problems.
Sacro-Occipital Technique (or Pelvic Blocking)
This low-force, slow-pressure manipulation/adjustment technique uses triangular blocks under the pelvis of the prone patient.
For patients with symptoms arising from repetitive motion or posture-related complaints, the best therapy can sometimes be to create an opposite or “mirror” effect. Biophysics is used to restore proper anatomical curves or correct abnormalities.
Flexion Distraction Therapy
This is a particular type of manipulation that decompress back discs using a series of repetitive slow movements – with no quick movement or “thrust”. Typically a gentle stretch or traction on the spine is used. This therapy is often used for people with disc herniations, non-disc spinal disorders, and to increase mobility of spinal joints.