Chiropractic Adjustments in Fort Lauderdale

When you visit your chiropractor for the first time he or she will examine you to determine the best approach for your long-term health . Depending on your level of pain, the injury you sustained and other factors determined during your assessment, our trained team will create a customized plan of treatment just for you. Here is a look at some of the adjustments you might experience when you visit the office.

Spinal Manipulation Adjustments

Spinal manipulation adjustments are when your chiropractor uses controlled force to put joints back into alignment. The name does not mean it is only used for the spinal area. It is frequently used on subluxated vertebrae and pelvic joints. Some examples of this technique include:

  • Flexion-distraction technique. The flexion-distraction technique uses a gentle pumping action on a pressure point instead of direct force to realign.
  • Instrument-assisted technique. Your chiropractor may use a tool to apply pressure during treatment instead of just using his or her hands.
  • Spinal manipulations. The doctor applies pressure to the problem areas, gently stretching and realigning your joints.

Spinal manipulations help to correct vertebral subluxations. A subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that is causing pain and other problems for your nervous system. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage.

Manual Adjustments

Manual adjustments are when your chiropractor uses his or her hands for therapy. This can include many different techniques targeted to fix a wide variety of symptoms and problems. These adjustments include:

  • Soft tissue therapy aided by instruments. With soft tissue therapy, the instruments help to diagnose the problem and the chiropractor uses his or her hands to administer the therapy.
  • Manual stretching of the joints. Sometimes your chiropractor will use manual stretching techniques to bring relief to your joints.
  • Therapeutic massage. Massage can bring relief to tight muscles and joints, while also helping with posture and breaking up scar tissue.
  • Trigger point therapy. Targeting specific points along a muscle for treatment to release tension.

Pain is not the only reason to seek chiropractic care. In fact, sometimes pain is the last symptom to emerge and indicates tissue damage is already happening. We recommend and encourage regular checkups with your chiropractor for optimal joint health. Chiropractors may use a combination of spinal manipulations, manual adjustments, and other therapies to get the most out of your treatment. Once you receive a complete assessment, your doctor will customize a plan to treat your whole body, relieving stress and preventing long-term damage.