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Manual Chiropractic Adjustments
Manual Chiropractic Adjustments (Diversified, Reinert Specific) are likely the type of adjustments that you are most familiar with or have heard about. (Two other familiar techniques of this capacity are Gonstead and Thompson Drop Table). They all involve chiropractic the way it began, ‘by hand only’, the true Latin definition of chiropractic.
In the ‘olden days of 1895,’ when chiropractic began, osteopathy was also in its infancy. In fact, the founders of these techniques agreed and disagreed on many issues. Neither of them created a new form of health care, as bone setting had been around eastern medicine for thousands of years. However, both of them looked to re-invent it for what is a traditional medical model. It is not a part of the modern medical model and osteopaths have only become a part of it upon the license to prescribe medication. The theory between the two sides was that the chiropractic founders, D.D. and B.J. Palmer determined the body was out of alignment based on the
Intelligence of the nervous system surrounded by bones. And Andrew Still determined it was based on the bone and blood itself.
Both of these doctors argued on the merits of how they were each right and that argument still goes on today. The only misconception is that medicine disagrees with chiropractic. That is untrue. Osteopaths and chiropractors alike do not go to traditional medical school but specialize in a different form of more natural health.
The reason I feel that chiropractic philosophy, as well as our manual techniques, are the correct way to help a human is based on the following: when a baby is formed, the nervous system forms first. The notochord becomes the brain, brain stem, spinal cord and nerves in the first three weeks. The heart begins to beat around five weeks. No baby cannot be made without some version of the nervous system first being created, therefore it is the boss of the system. The heart regulates its own beat cadence, but cannot tell itself to pump blood. In fact, we can actually replace any part of the body but the brain-brain stem-spinal cord system.
Secondly, chiropractic uses what is called a short-lever system in bio-mechanics to adjust vs. a long-axis system. Safety is very important in any technique and this difference is key in how forces are used on the body to help heal itself.
An adjustment itself (versus mobilization) produces movement past the body’s own physiological range to get it moving again. This is why a trained and licensed doctor of chiropractic is necessary. The ‘pop’ or ‘crack’ you hear in a manual adjustment is not bone at all! It is gas!!! The synovial joint or coats that cover each joint have space between them and the bone. In this space is air and the air or gas released produces the noise. If you have fluid in the joint you will not hear a noise even when it is adjusted.
Likewise, when giving a proper adjustment the noise is not relevant. Yes, the pressure release feels nice at the moment, but how you move each joint, which direction, and which bone you move fully matters in properly adjusting you.
At BE Well Chiropractic we are even acutely aware that in modern times, how people should be adjusted has changed. What type of work you perform can change how you need to be adjusted. Even the difference between a man’s and woman’s body matters in How the adjustment is performed. The age of a baby or child determines how that person should be adjusted. Likewise, the stage of injury you are in determines the type of adjustment or force that is needed.
Medical exams are becoming history and consults, not exams. A true hands-on exam determines the nature of finding out your issue. Likewise, a good manual adjustment is the best and fastest way to get movement into your spine and joints for proper alignment and the body’s ability to heal naturally.
If you are afraid to get an adjustment, just talk to us about it. Trust goes a long way in allowing any healthcare provider to perform a procedure. And talking you through the adjustment is a very good way to help you relax and feel safe as you are being adjusted. There are other methods of adjusting that we perform, but I will tell you, if you are able to be manually adjusted, it is the purest form of the art of chiropractic and goes the longest way in assisting the healing of your body.
Dr. Janelle S. Farris is the owner of BE Well Chiropractic Franklin TN.
REVIEWS FROM PATIENTS
“(My experience) has been amazing and I have formed a wonderful relationship with both doctors. They continue to research how to show me more exercises and treatment plans to help strengthen my body.”
“My body has adjusted better as time has gone by and feels very flexible and strong doing long days at work.”
“I’ve gotten a lot better and have learned how to take care of my own body with stretches and exercises Dr. Janelle has given me specifically for my body type.”
“I would recommend not just seeing a chiropractor, but seeing Dr. Janelle. She’s knowledgeable and thorough and will give you the best plan to bring you into a healthier lifestyle”
“I loaded up on Tylenol and other pain medications and tried getting frequent massages, which only provided temporary relief. I was always in pain and stiff.”
“I absolutely love this office and staff. Dr. Greg gave me a great program of treatments and exercises (and) I started to feel relief after the very first session.”
“Chiropractic should be in one’s priority list, just as taking vitamins and eating healthy. A must try, as you may not know how much better you can feel. Depending on the issue, I strongly feel chiropractic care is important to feeling healthy and staying active.”
“I was kind of scared of the adjustments but I figured chiropractic care was the only medical care that could “fix” the problem. Dr. Hutti was very kind and good about explaining what was going on in a clear way that was easy to understand for an average person with no medical background.”
“(Dr. Hutti) recommended continued adjustments to re-align the vertebrae, daily exercises to keep movement and to strengthen my muscles, to hold vertebrae in the correct position.”
“I am so thankful for their knowledge and help!”
Anna starting coming to Be Well Chiropractic with lung complications due to cystic fibrosis. She was having middle back pain mainly due to coughing. She has “always been a huge fan of chiropractic care when it comes to keeping (her) immune system at its strongest.”
“Dr. Janelle has been a huge factor and partner in my health. When your body is aligned right it can heal itself so much easier. I think chiropractic care is crucial to my health and quality of life.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle her “breathing has become much easier and more free.”
“I am better now than when I first came. I continue to get/feel better with every visit. I am learning things that I believe will allow me to stay healthy for a very long time.”
“I find that going to Dr. Greg was very helpful. I tried everything else (and) nothing seemed to help. My headaches are gone. I would recommend trying Dr. Greg. It does work.”
Her first impression of chiropractic, this office, and the doctor was that “Dr. Janelle has a holistic approach that will have long-term benefits.” She was “very impressed with her knowledge and her approach.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle, Lauren has gained back her range of motion in her neck and back. The numbness in her leg has gone away, the pain in her rib has lessened, and she no longer has headaches.
“I would recommend improving your lifestyle habits such as diet, physical activity, and chiropractic care.”
“I feel that this is a life-changing practice and that (chiropractic) is necessary for a healthy life.”
“(I) feel so much better and the pain is practically gone.”