Diversified Technique Adjustments
This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught in chiropractic institutions. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high velocity, low-amplitude thrust delivered by hand and possibly with assistance from a table or block. This usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body and is the primary technique used by the doctors in our office. Dr. Gabbert is experienced in delivering a light touch adjustment to an aggressive adjustment depending upon the patient’s desires and needs.
Flexion Distraction Therapy
Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.
• Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves from a disc bulge or herniation
• Increase spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints
• A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs
• Reducing symptoms of sciatica
Trigger Point therapy
What is a Trigger Point? When pain is present, muscles always go into a degree of spasm. This is a protective mechanism. So muscle pain is often not the primary problem, but you still have to treat it to ensure a full and speedy recovery.
Following injury to a muscle, a myofascial trigger point or Trigger Point (TP) may form. This is a small area within a muscle, which, after injury, can remain for many years (long after the original injury has healed), and may cause chronic pain and stiffness.
A trigger point is not an area of scar tissue from an injury. It is an area of increased sensitivity in the muscle. When pressure is applied to this point, pain is usually felt at a distant area which is called referred pain.
Trigger points can develop in any skeletal muscle. They are found in a specific area of the muscle and each muscle gives referred pain to a specific area.
Trigger Points are treated using pressure. The most common method for treating trigger points is to apply pressure to the TP using the finger or thumb. This is a very effective way of treating TPs. It allows the practitioner immediate feedback on how the muscle is responding.