Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy
To put movement in a joint that is fixated, the doctor utilizes chiropractic manipulation or an adjustment to help restore normal function and motion in a joint. Generally, this technique employs gentle pressure or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion. An adjustment is sometimes accompanied by a pop or cracking noise, which results from the joint’s release of nitrogen gas.
To date, many studies of the chiropractic adjustment have proven its effectiveness, safety and high levels of patient satisfaction. In 1994, the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy deemed this technique as the gold standard for treating low back pain. Since the agencies initial findings, more research has been conducted on neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, infantile colic and rehabilitation. Each of the study’s findings supports the role of chiropractic care and its manipulative procedures.
When a door is not working properly, you would not just examine the door closed but also swing the door to determine if the hinge is freely moving or if the door is out of level. That is what a skilled Motion Palpation Doctor does when examining a patient. Dr. Christie, certified through the Motion Palpation Institute, has a dynamic and gentle way for assessing the spine or other joints (ankle, foot, knee etc.). This often includes examining patients’ movements as they walk, squat, run or throw and then feeling the specific joint’s movement by hand. Once a restricted joint is identified, this technique offers effective and biomechanically correct ways to mobilize the fixated joints, restoring proper function to these areas.
- Motion Palpation
- Diversified Technique
- Extremity Adjusting
- Cox-Flexion Distraction