Chiropractic Care F.A.Q.
No, it doesn’t hurt! And here at Peak Medical Centers, we use the most-researched, science-based techniques there are. Cox Flexion and Distraction is intended to be the most gentle adjustment there is. It is highly recommended for disc bulges and herniations, and all of our Chiropractors are certified in it.
Absolutely not. Again, the Cox Flexion and Distraction performed here is a gentle addition to your care plan. Some low-speed traction with flexion, lateral flexion and/or distraction is all we need to do to make positive changes.
Typically, research shows a new and acute patient benefits the most from more treatments. Makes sense, right? We also don’t want to overtreat you, either, so we stick to a three times a week initial care plan. Adjustments take less than 15 minutes, too, so it isn’t taking much time from your busy schedule to get these treatments.
Low back pain is certainly a specialty of the Chiropractic profession, but they can help with neck and upper back pain, mid back pain, shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, hip, knee and ankle pain … Even fingers and toes!
- Cox Technic
- ArthroStim Technique
- Diversified Technique
- Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR)
- Sigma Technique
- Webster Technique and Prenatal Care
More About Cox Technic
This type of adjustment – called Cox Technic Flexion-Distraction and Decompression – is a spinal manipulation specifically designed to relieve back pain and neck pain caused by disc herniation, spinal stenosis, surgery, and pregnancy. It also relieves nerve-related leg pain and arm pain. The Cox Technic was developed by chiropractor Dr. James M. Cox, who developed a table that allows smooth, gentle, and rhythmical doctor-controlled adjustments. It is a slow, unforced procedure that works with the body’s natural design to help it heal properly.
The goal of the Cox Technic follows the “rule of 50%”:
- 50% relief of pain within 30 days
- 50% reduction in frequency of visits
As your symptoms are relieved, you will be able to visit less often and continue to experience improvement. For example, if you achieved 50% pain relief on a schedule of two adjustments per week – you would need only one adjustment a week for the remainder of your recovery period.
How It Works
The Cox Technic produces real, quantifiable effects that benefit you in the following specific ways:
- Makes more room between vertebrae of the spine. This is achieved by increasing intervertebral disc height to remove tension on the annular fibers (the outer rim of the disc) and the spinal nerves, improving circulation.
- Allows spinal discs to move back into place. The Cox Technic can significantly decrease pressure within the spinal discs (to -192 mm Hg), alleviating restriction of the discs and allowing discs to move back into proper position.
- Reduces pressure on nerves. By increasing the area of the intervertebral foramen (up to 28%), the Cox Technic reduces pressure on the dorsal root ganglion and exiting nerve roots.
- Realigns the spine. Cox Technic adjustments restore your vertebral joints to natural physiological positions for pain-free motion.
ArthroStim is a hand-held tool that can be used in addition to, or as an alternative to, a traditional manual adjustment (diversified technique) that people most often associate with chiropractic care.
Some people, including children, those with acute pain, the elderly, and pregnant women, find the ArthroStim technique more comfortable than a manual adjustment.
The instrument applies rapid, low-amplitude, repetitive thrusts, which can mobilize joints using very little force. The ArthroStim technique also stimulates nerve receptors in the area, which send impulses to the brain, providing the information it needs to initiate healing. This neurological feedback loop achieved with ArthroStim allows for a much more rapid recovery.
More About Diversified Technique
The hands-on diversified technique is the oldest and most commonly used chiropractic technique. It can correct biomechanical dysfunction caused by everyday activities such as prolonged sitting, running, or computer use.
This adjustment is performed with the hands and causes motion within your joints. Your chiropractor will perform high-velocity, low-amplitude manual thrusts in specific areas that can cause a cavitation or popping sound – the “cracking” most often associated with chiropractic care. This sound is actually the result of carbon dioxide trapped within an immobile joint being released during the adjustment.
Patients suffering from neck pain, headaches, back pain, sciatica, or other functional issues are able to achieve significant pain relief with this type of adjustment.
More About Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR)
Functional and kinetic treatment with rehabilitation (FAKTR) uses movement and controlled stress to help your soft tissue injuries heal. This is done safely, and without pain. Studies have found using FAKTR offers significant pain relief and improved range of motion over rest alone.
Find out more about the functional and kinetic treatment with rehabilitation (FAKTR) we offer at Peak Medical Centers.
More About Sigma Technique
The Sigma instrument method involves a computerized device that can help assess as well as treat chiropractic patients.
A handheld device uses sound waves and light mechanical force to measure bone position and tissue response – this identifies problem areas of your spine. It then delivers a series of speedy thrusts – high velocity, low amplitude motion at the speed of 12 times per second – at the precise intensity needed for a targeted area. These thrusts radiate through the joint and the tissue that surrounds it, helping to release muscle spasms that cause pain.
You will hear a clicking sound during treatment, but the Sigma technique is safe, painless, and effective. It does not involve the “cracking” typical of more traditional manual chiropractic methods diversified technique.
More About Webster Technique and Prenatal Care
The Webster technique is a specific type of chiropractic analysis and treatment that reduces nerve stress and improves pelvic biomechanics and function. This type of chiropractic care during pregnancy has many potential benefits for both mother and child.
Benefits for mothers-to-be:
- Helps prepare the pelvis for an easier pregnancy by balancing the pelvic structures, muscles, and ligaments
- Reduces potential stress to the uterus by removing torsion of ligaments that support the uterus
- Reduces interference on the nervous system
- Improves pelvic function, decreasing the likelihood of unnecessary intervention
Benefits for developing babies:
- Improves the baby’s development and growth by reducing interference in the mother’s nervous system and providing pelvic balance
- Allows the baby room to move into the best possible birth position, and thus, reducing possible birth trauma caused by intervention