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Technique

Chiropractic technique

A special hand arrangement is used to deliver a specific thrust at the right place and the right time.

At East Yorkshire Back Clinic, we use many manipulative styles commonly referred to as “Diversified”, “Gonstead”, “Pierce-Stillwagon”, “Pettibon”, “Activator” to name a few.  First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This initially involve a case history and can include X-ray pictures of your spine.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the lower spine.

With the dysfunction of one or more spinal units identified, a specific manual thrust can be administered or should manipulative therapy be contra-indicated, the chiropractor may use soft tissue work instead. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used during a manipulation is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the manipulation.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce dysfunction, virtually all joints of the body can be manipulated to help restore proper range of motion.