What is Spinal Manipulation?
Our Okotoks Chiropractors specialize in a wide range of physical treatments. Spinal manipulation is a Chiropractic technique that is used to reduce pain, increase range of motion and improve nervous system function. It is most commonly referred to as an “adjustment”. Our Okotoks Chiropractors can perform this technique using their hands or it can be done using instruments or a table, Spinal manipulation treatments are used to correct subluxations of the spine.
A subluxation refers to a misaligned vertebrae in the spine and is caused by three major forms of stress on the body; chemical, emotional and physical. A misalignment is defined as a vertebrae in the spine that has lost its normal position and is no longer moving properly. These misalignments can lead to pain, stiffness, muscle spasms and impaired nervous system function.
The adjustment is what chiropractors use to treat subluxations. It is a very skilled, safe and natural technique learned by all Chiropractors. The doctor may use a number of different techniques to provide the adjustment but they all facilitate the correction of the misaligned or “stuck” vertebrae. For instance, in some cases the doctor may use the their hands or other times they may use a table or an instrument. The treatment choice is based on the doctor's preferences as well as the patient's tolerance. Whatever the technique the principles are the same; they work to "free up" the joints and get the vertebrae moving again. Typically, a series of adjustments are required in order to get a restricted vertebrae moving properly, The effect is reduced pain, increased range of motion and decreased muscle spasms.
What Can Chiropractic Help With?
Chiropractic is very effective at treating the following:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Lower Back Pain
- Hip Pain
- Wrist Pain