Chiropractic - a study of movement
Techniques to restore and improve motion
What is a chiropractic manipulation?
The most common technique used by chiropractors is manipulation or, another term, adjustment. With a short and quick impulsive, the chiropractor restores the joint motion. This movement also stimulates the muscles, the nerve system and of course improves the patient’s complaint.
To restore joint motion the chiropractor can also make use of joint mobilisation. These techniques are slow and controlled and can be applied to any patient, young and old.
The chiropractic treatment tables at MoveWell are multi-functional and can move in different directions. One of the functions is traction. Traction causes a passive stretch on the back. Patients diagnosed with disc herniation, sciatica, osteoarthritis or other complaints may benefit from this.
The decompression table is a special treatment table that creates a stretch or negative pressure in the back. This is one of the most innovative treatment tables and is indicated for patients suffering with back and neck complaints that may be associated with osteoarthritis, stenosis, disc herniation and similar conditions.
Chiropractic is not only limited to treat joint related complaints. Muscle relaxation techniques include massage, trigger point therapy and stretching techniques. In practice, a lot of muscle relaxation techniques are combined with our physiotherapists to enhance the result.
Activator | Hand-held Apparatus
Apart from manipulation, a chiropractor also make use of other treatment devices to improve joint function and stimulate muscle relaxation. Examples include the activator, impulse device, and the accustim device.
Additional Techniques | Advice
Chiropractic treatment consist of various techniques to achieve a specific outcome. The chiropractor can also give postural and nutritional advice, and may also recommend exercises. The strength of the MoveWell practice lies in their expertise. A physiotherapist and/or exercise therapist can also assist in the rehabilitation phases.
Chiropractic vs. Manual Therapy
It is important to understand the difference between chiropractic and manual therapy. Chiropractic techniques are often a manual form of treatment. Manual, says it all, it is a treatment; “done by hands”. These techniques originated in America. Given its popularity, this spread to Europe and later to the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, chiropractic is a small profession. Manual therapy started with physiotherapists, who learned chiropractic techniques and made it their own. The difference lies mainly in the education, as chiropractors attended university to master the technique of manipulation.