From a perspective of 10 years experience, I’m going to share my view of the different techniques I keep handy in practice. For years I’ve thought of them as tools. In fact, when I started out, it seemed like I had an obsession with having as many different techniques as possible at my disposal. Today I still believe it’s important to stay current with a wide variety of them, yet I’ve come to appreciate two other properties that I didn’t have back then: skill and experience.
Take a carpenter, for example. Tools become of little value without adequate skill to use them. But here’s where this analogy reaches its limits; we need to specify my part as healer and how it relates to you, my patient.
Hopefully you noticed the large amount of information on chiropractic techniques listed in this website. Time was taken to provide that because I encourage patients to take a proactive position regarding their personal health. While I must ultimately decide what procedure is best for each situation, my role is more like a coach whose responsibility is to help you set and achieve goals for your health.
So Why So Many Different Techniques?
While I’ve already shared my appreciation for a wide variety of techniques, you may wonder, “How have so many different techniques come to exist in the first place?” As a chiropractor, I’m tempted to reply, “Because that many different chiropractors wanted a new technique named after them!” On a more serious note, I’ll admit, each one has its own merit. There are, however, principles and protocols that I’ve adapted for use in my practice that can help in the technique selection process. An example follows:
X-ray vs. Leg Length Checks
If you’ve read through any of the techniques described in the drop-down menu, you might have discovered that at least two of them were originally designed around certain x-ray views and analysis. Well, another technique also listed employs the use of leg length checks instead of x-rays. The advantage to leg length checks is they will work any time they are used, whereas an x-ray is a picture of the spine that is most valuable for the day it was taken. I’ve been reminded of this recently when a new patient brought me his misalignment listings last week. They were derived from x-rays taken in another state a number of years ago. I thanked the patient for this information and paid close attention to what these subluxations were and at which spinal level(s) they were originally found. There were six of them listed. Now I also used my leg length analysis protocol as I always do. I discovered that out of the information he furnished me about misalignments at six specific spinal levels, only two were identical to those found years ago when those x-rays were taken. Of course, there were other more recent misalignments in addition which were also adjusted but did not exist when the original misalignments were captured on those x-rays years ago. This is because our spines are dynamic and their alignment needs will change over time.