Therapies And Techniques

Although the best-known chiropractic technique is the adjustment (or spinal manipulation), chiropractors may use a number of different therapies and techniques as part of an individual's treatment plan. Many chiropractors use their hands as their main treatment tool, but there are also techniques that use handheld therapeutic devices. In this section, you can read about various chiropractic therapies and techniques.

  • Trigger Point Therapy

    Trigger point therapy entails putting pressure on “trigger points,” or tender nodules found in the muscle, to release tension, relieve pain and correct dysfunction of a muscle.

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  • Stretching and Strengthening Exercises

    Stretching and strengthening exercises can increase flexibility, create joint stability, improve posture or decrease pain, so they are often part of a chiropractic treatment plan.

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  • Spinal Decompression

    Spinal decompression is a technique that utilizes traction to open space between vertebrae, pump the discs with nutrients, and help injured and herniated discs.

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  • Spinal Manipulation/Adjustment

    Spinal manipulation (adjustment) is the main form of treatment performed by chiropractors. There are many adjustment techniques, and all have the goal of relieving pressure on joints, reducing inflammation and improving nerve function.

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  • Therapeutic Ultrasound

    In therapeutic ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves stimulate soft tissues of the body to ease pain and tightness and promote healing.

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  • Therapeutic Massage

    Research shows that therapeutic massage can be a great addition to other chiropractic treatments. Unlike spa massage, it targets specific areas of increased muscle tension and its goal is to restore optimal muscle function, resulting in decreased pain and tension.

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  • Muscle Stimulation (E-Stim)

    An electrical muscle stimulation (EMS or E-stim) device can prevent muscle spasms, relieve pain and retrain or build muscle tissue.

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  • Myofascial Release

    If muscle pain bothers you or keeps you from moving freely, a gentle therapy called myofascial release can reduce pain, break down scar tissue and increase flexibility.

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  • Introduction to Chiropractic Therapies And Techniques

    Chiropractors are known for performing adjustments, but there are many other therapies and techniques that can be part of a chiropractic treatment plan.

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  • Cold Laser Therapy

    Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment that uses light wavelengths to speed healing time, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

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