Chiropractic is a branch of alternative and complementary medicine, which uses manual therapy approach to diagnose, treat and prevent neuromusculoskeletal system disorders and the negative effects of these disorders on a person's health. Treatment done by a chiropractor focuses on manual therapy such as joint adjustment and manipulation mainly targeting joint dysfunction/subluxations. We have given below a brief summary on some chiropractic techniques such as Chiropractic Adjustment, Activator Chiropractic Technique, Active Release Technique (ART), Applied Kinesiology (AK) and Cervical/Lumbar Traction. To know more about these therapies/techniques, please visit the complete "CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT" topics listed on the left side menu, which gives you detailed information about them.

Chiropractic Adjustment:

Also known as spinal manipulation involves application of sudden and controlled force using hands or small instruments to the spinal joint by trained chiropractors. The aim of this is correcting the spinal alignment and improving the body's functions. Chiropractic adjustment is done for headaches, neck and back pain. There are risks involved if not done by a trained person, such as disc herniation, nerve compression and stroke. These adjustments are contraindicated in some conditions, such as osteoporosis, unstable spine etc. To know more about this in detail, please refer to our "Chiropractic Treatment" section on the left side of the menu.

Activator Chiropractic Technique

In this technique, the patient lies in a prone position and the functional leg lengths are compared. Often there will be some leg length discrepancy, and after a series of muscle tests, the patient is asked to move his/her arms in a certain position so the specific muscles attached to the specific vertebrae get activated. A change in the leg lengths indicates the problem to be from that particular vertebra. Treatment is done in this manner while progressively moving along the spine from the feet up towards the head. To read more about this in detail, please refer to our "Chiropractic Treatment" section on the left side of the menu.

Active Release Technique (ART)

This is a patented massage technique which helps in treating muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves disorders. This technique was developed and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. The chiropractor uses their hands to gauge the soft tissue's tightness, mobility and texture; and using hand pressure, the chiropractor tries to break down or eliminate the fibrous adhesions. Active release technique is contraindicated if the patient has active inflammation or a blunt trauma. To read more about this in detail, please refer to our "Chiropractic Treatment" section on the left side of the menu.

Applied Kinesiology (AK)

This is a pseudo scientific technique done for diagnosing and treating by analyzing the weakness and strength of the muscles. However, current evidence does not support its use for diagnosing illnesses. Muscle testing is used as a chief feedback for diagnosis in order to assess the body's functioning. To know more about this in detail, please refer to our "Chiropractic Treatment" section on the left side of the menu.

Cervical/Lumbar Traction

This is done for therapeutic purposes and involves either manually or mechanically created forces for stretching and mobilizing the spine. Traction is beneficial in relieving back pain by stretching the stiff/tense muscles of the spine. Traction also helps in increasing the width of the intervertebral foramen which relieves any impingement of the nerve root. Traction is contraindicated in conditions which affect the alignment of the spine, such as osteoporosis, infection and cervical rheumatoid arthritis. It is also contraindicated in other medical conditions like hernia, cardiovascular disease and pregnancy. To read more about Cervical/Lumbar Traction in detail, please refer to our "Chiropractic Treatment" section on the left side of the menu.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: June 25, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
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