The best way I know to explain chiropractic techniques is to use an analogy of tools to a toolbox. Techniques to me, as a chiropractor, are my ‘tools’ to accomplish whatever ‘job’ I have to perform. The more thorough knowledge I have of techniques (tools) the better I am able to perform my job as chiropractor.
Let’s carry this example a step further. Most chiropractic schools will agree there is a Science, a Philosophy and an Art to Chiropractic. Picture with me a master craftsman, who has created masterpieces. He needs a knowledge of the properties of material he is working with (science), he probably has studied extensively famous works of art and how they came to be (we might call this his Philosophy). The expression of his own artistic ability would definitely be called Art.
When patients enter my treatment room, I am considering the ‘material’ I am working with: that is, the unique shape of their spinal structure, the condition of the joints and their range of motion as well as the anatomy of the area needing treatment. I also like to take into consideration the patients health history and also how the patient has responded to chiropractic adjustments in the past.
Keeping the above mentioned factors in mind, through a knowledge of multiple chiropractic techniques, there is at least a minimum of three different ways to adjust any given misalignment anywhere in the body, and we are most interested in whatever will prove to be most effective.
By now you probably realize not all the same adjustment techniques are equally effective on every patient. I will also frequently ask patients in subsequent visits how they are responding to care, and if we are not getting the results we want, I will change something about the adjustment to see if that will work better. I’m sure you have heard the definition for insanity — do the same thing over and over repeatedly and expect different results! These are some of the reasons we try to keep several techniques on hand.
Under this link you will find a listing of the techniques we keep handy and links to descriptions about them. Feel free to browse through them and if you have any questions about whether any of them might be right for you, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.