Adjustments address misalignments (or subluxations) in your spine and pelvis. These misalignments need to be corrected because they put pressure on your nervous system that can lead to pain and muscle spasms but also issues with organs leading to symptoms such as constipation or heartburn among many other things. Misalignments cause inflammation in the spinal joints that put pressure on the nerves causing pain and dysfunction and if chronically present, can contribute to arthritis developing.
An adjustment can look very different depending on the technique the chiropractor utilizes. There are manual adjustments which include the chiropractor using their hands and maybe a drop table to move the specific joints of your spine and typically some sort of cavitation or ‘pop’ may be heard. That noise is actually just like when you ‘crack your knuckles’ and is nitrogen gas being released from the joint space. There are also instrument assisted adjustments that are low-force and more conservative. Typical examples are the activator (which makes a clicking sound) and the arthrostim (which is similar to a massage gun) though there are others. Dr. Katie utilizes both manual and instrument adjustments and will make a professional decision on what she thinks is best for you. She will take your preference in mind as well if there is something you like or don’t like so please let her know! She is well-versed in Diversified, Thompson qDrop, Gonstead, Webster and Activator techniques.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a leading non-surgical alternative for disc related syndromes of the lumbar and cervical spine.
We use simple, yet sophisticated equipment manufactured by the leading rehabilitation equipment manufacturer in the US, The Chattanooga Group. Chattanooga’s Titron ® DTS Decompressive Traction System is the most popular decompression system with over 1,200 installations worldwide.
If you have lower back pain, a pinched nerve, sciatica, neck pain, or a variety of symptoms related to damaged or degenerative discs, this gentle, non-surgical therapy can provide lower back pain relief, sciatica pain relief, and is a state-of-the-art therapy for neck pain relief, bulging or degenerative disc disease, and lumbar pain.
A patient’s comfort is our top priority, and we want their visits to be enjoyable and successful. Treatments are short in duration, about 15 minutes, and administered while you’re fully clothed. Most patients undergoing this treatment report improvements and a reduction in their pain after only a few sessions. DTS Therapy gently stretches the spine, relieving pressure from the discs, joints and muscular tissues, while enhancing the body’s natural healing process.
The gentle distractive forces of the Titron® DTS creates decompression, the unloading due to distraction and proper positioning, to improve blood flow and important nutrient exchange to the injured area.
Pediatric Chiropractic Adjustments
Kids absolutely need to be adjusted too!
Misalignments can occur as early as while they’re in the womb and the birthing process, even when all goes smoothly, can be stressful on their little bodies. Colic, painful gas, constipation, problems nursing and reflux are some of the conditions that could mean your little one needs an adjustment but even if they’re as happy as can be doesn’t mean they don’t have misalignments in their spine! The human body is amazing at compensating and pain/dysfunction is typically the last thing to appear and the first to leave when there is a problem.
As they get older, every physical milestone they reach means that their spine is developing and changing and an especially good time to be checked by a chiropractor to make sure their spines are aligned and their nervous system is turned on!
Please visit icpa4kids.org for more information on how important chiropractic care for children is!
Prenatal Chiropractic Adjustments
Yes, it is safe for pregnant people to be adjusted! Webster’s Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment.
The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of pelvic imbalance. During pregnancy, pelvic imbalance can cause discomfort for the mother but may also lead to malpositioning of the baby. Pelvic imbalance can also affect labor progression and lead to unnecessary interventions.
Dr. Katie was adjusted often during both of her pregnancies and was able to work up until she gave birth! Many moms who have been adjusted throughout pregnancy say that they’ve had easier labors when under care and are more comfortable throughout pregnancy.