Methods Of Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractors have different techniques for treatment, but many of these rely on hands-on methods to correct structural problems, as well as promote and improve bodily functions back to normal. Chiropractors can do a variety of manipulation and adjustments to the body based on factors like the consideration for the patient's actual condition, the age of the patient and his body type. Some of the most common methods are enumerated below:
  • Gonstead Technique was developed by Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead for treatment and care of the legs and the foot. It basically involves improving stability, alignment and balance of the spinal column against the legs, pelvis and vertebrae. This technique requires a thorough analysis of the spine, through X-rays and radiographs. The procedures for examination of the body are extensive. It may include pana-spinal skin temperature assessment, and the complete study of the neuro-muscular-skeletal properties of the patient.
  • Applied Kinesiology involves treatment that is not just concentrated in the bones, but also the muscles surrounding these bones, to make sure that the patient completely recovers. Dr. George J. Goodheart, a chiropractor, developed the method, where muscle testing of the patient is conducted so that the doctor will be able to determine the weak spots and then improve on this. This technique, however, is not applicable if the condition also involves diagnosis of allergies and immunities.
  • Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST) makes use of non-forceful methods and largely involves applying pressure on the hand, as it works its way to remove nerve energy that may be blocked, hindering the body's full potential to heal. This method acknowledges the concept of interference between the body and the conscious mind. It involves ways that also deal with the healing of the central nervous system.
  • Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Method is reportedly taught in many chiropractic schools. This technique involves the application of pressure in areas known as trigger points that cause muscle pain and blood vessel constriction. The doctor may use wooden bars at times to apply pressure in these areas, while doing chiropractic adjustments to the body.
  • Logan Technique relies on using "lowest-force" for body adjustments. It's putting the lightest pressure on the spine, particularly in the sacrum, as well as in contact points and specific spots in the muscle's structure. This technique works for balancing and alignment, and also for correction of posture distortion. It goes around the concept that if the sacrum is corrected, the spine is corrected, too.
  These methods are used according to the needs of the patient.