Chiropractic adjustments can be made by a number of different methods that make it suitable for all ages and all conditions.
The word Chiropractic means "action by hand". Chiropractors study for 5 years to gain registration to practice in Australia and to attain the skills necessary to deliver an adjustment.
The skill is in identifying the spinal segment that is not moving in the way that it should and then delivering an adjustment with the right force and in the right direction to try to restore normal movement and therefore normal function.
Sometimes a "popping" sound may be heard similar to when you crack your knuckles. This results from the increase in space and the reduction in pressure that occurs when the joint is moved. Not unlike when a bottle of champagne is opened.
Hi-Lo Drop Piece Tables
The Hi-Lo table enables patients with acute pain and the elderly who can't bend enough to lie down to walk on and off the table. It then has sections that lift and drop away under pressure to deliver the adjustment in the required area.
The Activator is a hand held instrument specifically developed to deliver adjustments. The force of its adjustment can be altered for different areas of the body and makes it very suitable for the very young, the elderly and those who prefer a low force adjustment.
The Accustim is an electronic adjuster that provides both vibration and percussion. The frequency and strength of each movement is able to be controlled so that it can be used to deliver specific adjustments as well as for general mobilisation. The rapid tissue compression and release is conducive to minimising discomfort while stimulating the proprioceptors within each muscle.
Wedge shaped blocks are used particularly when adjusting the pelvis. Their positioning is designed to use gravity as a low force means of achieving the required adjustments.