Are there non-manual forms of chiropractic treatment? Of course we are all familiar with the adjustments that chiropractors make to people's joints - especially the spine - but chiropractors have a range of treatments to choose from, some of which are non-manual.
Of course manipulation or mobilisation (adjustments) are the key techniques in chiropractic - indeed, the whole field is based on the idea that the joints of the spine can move out of place (subluxations), and that realigning these subluxations can have profound effects on our health.
The two techniques are similar in their intent, but different in the way they are performed. The classic "back-cracking" spinal movement most people are familiar with is called manipulation, while spinal mobilization uses gentle, extended movements to achieve the same goal.
However, chiropractic is a holistic, complementary therapy, so the range of treatment offered extends far beyond simply cracking someone's spine back into place.
The aim is to treat the whole person, to improve their health so that their body can take over the healing process naturally. Some of the other options your chiropractor might use include:
- Heat and ice
- Electrical stimulation
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Magnetic therapy
- Counselling and information (regarding diet, weight loss, or other lifestyle issues)
- Dietary supplements
When these treatment modalities are combined, it gives your chiropractor the best chance to maximise the improvements to your health.