ADJUSTMENT STYLES AND TECHNIQUES
Patients can sometimes become confused with chiropractic and how it helps them when doctors utilize different methods of delivering an adjustment. Why use a clicker as opposed to your hands, or a table that drops from underneath you instead of a deep vibration?
The first adjustment was delivered by hand, and B.J. Palmer, the developer of chiropractic, continued this trend throughout chiropractic’s early history. As technology began to improve, Dr. Palmer used it to his advantage in order to better identify and correct vertebral subluxation. At the end of the day, though, he used this manual adjustment style to ensure the best connection of brain to body.
Manual adjustments are the way Dr. Juratovac prefers to care for his patients. The key to this adjusting style is speed, rather than force. The purpose of the adjustment is to cause neurons that respond to stretching of muscles to fire, and retrain the brain about what should be moving, when it should move, and how it should move. Utilizing this technique is dependent on skill, not just blindly pushing a joint to the extreme end of its natural motion.
An Activator is another technique that Dr. J can use to adjust his patients. You can imagine this tool as a hammer, once again with a quick and very shallow movement. This tool is often used on smaller body parts like wrists or elbows, and can even be used on young children or frailer adults. For those who are a nervous about a fully manual adjustment, this tool is a great segue into building comfort and a sense of safety about the adjustment.
Finally, a drop table is another common adjustment technique. Drop tables, just like an activator, removes the twisting that sometimes is uncomfortable or can scare patients. Again, a quick, shallow drop of the table beneath the region to be adjusted allows the stretch receptors to fire and reset the brain into a better pattern.
At the end of the day, the most important part is that you’re getting adjusted, makes sure the brain and body are in good connection. We all have different shapes and sizes, so one method of adjustment may not work for everyone. Having a conversation with your chiropractor about your concerns, questions, and needs, ensures that you are receiving the best care for you.