Chiropractic Bellevue, WA
For people with chronic pain problems, in particular, those who experience chronic back pain, chiropractic care is one of the first things that come to mind. About 22 million Americans visit a chiropractor at least once a year. Most of them are usually trying to get relief from some form of back pain.
Chiropractic is a more natural way to treat conditions and disorders of the spine. Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the body's framework, mainly the spine, and its functions. Most chiropractors use various treatment approaches to manually manipulate the spine.
The main goal is to correct any alignment problems that may be causing pain or hindering other body functions. This practice is used to restore joint and muscle mobility caused by injury or repetitive stress.
What Do Chiropractors Do?
Chiropractors can treat spinal conditions such as chronic back pain or those resulting from an injury or accident. Treating any misalignment in the spine also helps heal the body’s disorders and hastens the natural healing process.
Most chiropractors do not use surgical methods or drugs to manage their patient’s condition. They will often complement the patient’s current form of treatment by using exercises, movement training, stress management, and dietary plans.
Chiropractic practices are best used in conjunction with traditional or conventional medical approaches. Chiropractors often use a variety of techniques to perform spinal adjustment. Below are some quick overviews of the most commonly practiced methods:
Diversified is the most common technique for manipulating the spine. It is used by most chiropractors for about 70% of their patients. Today’s diversified technique was brought about by the work of Joe Janse.
The main objective of this technique is to restore spine alignment and joint dysfunction. It usually involves short, quick thrusts applied over short distances over the local problem area.
This technique was developed by Clarence Gonstead in 1923 and gained some popularity in the 1960s. Currently, about 58% of patients are treated using this technique.
This chiropractic technique uses a hands-on adjustment method that starts with a thorough diagnosis of the problem area using X-rays, a measuring device called the Gonstead Radiographic Parallel, and an instrument that measures minute heat differences in the tissues along the spine to pinpoint the exact location of the problem area.
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique (AMCT)
The AMCT is another common chiropractic treatment method. It is used by about 60% of chiropractors. It uses a device to manually manipulate the joints and spine. The device is a small handheld instrument that delivers a small impulse of kinetic energy to the spine to produce a very minute amount of force to move the vertebrae, but not enough force to cause injury.
This technique uses mechanical and hands-on manipulation using a special table where the spine is adjusted, stretched, and flexed. Chiropractors find this method effective in treating herniated discs, scoliosis, and joint pain.
This chiropractic adjustment technique involves the application of gentle pressure to the base of the spine or the sacrum. Similar to a massage, this pressure helps to realign the spine and release tension and stress in the body. It has also been found to help with headaches and migraines.
Chiropractic Care in Washington
Regardless of the technique applied, most chiropractors will recommend natural therapeutic methods in conjunction with your treatment, such as exercise, massage, dietary changes, and heat or cold compress as needed.
At Kirkland Health Institute, we ensure that our patients are educated on all treatment options available to them and that they are comfortable with whatever method will be used. We treat patients in and around the Bellevue, WA area, particularly for chronic conditions that interfere with their quality of life. Book an appointment with us today and find out how your life can be so much better!