You can read about some of the main Sure Health Chiropractic treatment methods here.
The treatment you receive will depend on your diagnosis, and it is likely for the most effective results that several methods will be used in combination with each other.
Manipulation, or a chiropractic adjustment, is usually what people mean when they talk about having their back cracked. It is a specific thrust that opens up a joint, reducing pain and improving mobility. You may experience a popping or cracking sound as this happens. Despite the name, manipulation is not a painful treatment.
You have nerves called proprioceptors ,which are responsible for letting you know the position of joints, and nerves called nociceptors, which carry pain. Very basically, a chiropractic adjustment stimulates proprioceptors, drowning out the nociceptors. This effect also extends to the muscles around a joint, helping remove any spasm or tightness.
Chiropractic adjustments also have a direct biomechanical effect on a joint, increasing joint mobility by gently stretching the joint capsule. This is the most important effect of manipulation in terms of preventing injury recurrence and is why specific manipulation is one of the most used tools by chiropractors.
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This is a hand held adjusting instrument. It is a spring loaded plunger that performs the job of a manipulation. It is used in cases where manipulation is not the best treatment, for example in patients with osteoporosis or in severe pain.
This treatment is very effective at loosening up your joints, with the mechanism of action the same as a manipulation.
These are types of soft tissue treatment that affect your muscles and tendons. They involve holding a muscle or tendon in place and moving a joint to stretch the tissues. This allows for very specific treatment, as your chiropractor can isolate the point that most needs addressing, and can also alter the direction of movement for best effect.
The effect of active and passive release techniques is to stretch tissues, but also to cause a controlled amount of soft tissue damage to stimulate healing. Because of this you may feel post treatment soreness, which can feel as though you've been for a good gym session.