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Your body is a very complicated and unique organism that is similar but not quite the exact same as the person next to you. The same can be said about treating certain spinal conditions. Not all low back pain is the same which is why chiropractors are trained in a wide variety of techniques. Here at Level Spine Chiropractic, we offer several different treatment options, including:
The Diversified Technique is a very common, broadly used adjusting technique that uses multiple aspects of different techniques. The adjustments can also be modified slightly for each individual patient or unique presentation. This set of adjustment styles is a great base for full body care and is the foundation of many chiropractors throughout the world. This is our preferred method of care at Level Spine Chiropractic.
This is one of the specialty techniques that you won’t find in many offices. The Leander Technique is a variation of the COX Flexion- Distraction Technique which utilizes mechanical advantages of patient positioning and specific doctor contact points to reduce bulging disks. The image shows typical patient positioning on the Leander table. The table moves from the waist down in an up and down motion producing a pivot point at the desired spinal level. The doctor then utilizes this added motion to perform specific muscle stretches and motion assisted adjustments which actually take less force than a typical adjustment, allowing for a very light touch. One of the biggest reasons doctors and patients love this technique is because it was designed around the patient who has disk herniations or bulges causing sciatica like symptoms such as radiating lightning-like pain down the legs, numbness in the feet, throbbing sensations etc.
The science behind the Leander technique is derived from the idea that if you control where the pivot point is, you can be very specific with where the most motion will occur (the mechanical advantage). This is beneficial for the doctor because by positioning the patient on the table in just the right spot, they can then localize the area causing the problems and, with expert hand placement and pressure, actually cause a slight vacuum effect between the bones which will help suck that disk material back to where it belongs. This will then relieve the pressure on the nerves and reduce the symptoms that the patient was feeling.
The Activator is an instrument that is used to adjust patients without the use of manual (hand) adjustments. One of the most researched techniques out there, the Activator is a go-to for patients that can’t be adjusted with other techniques that require more force. A chiropractic adjustment is a high-velocity, low-amplitude force directed in a very specific direction. The Activator is exactly that! It is a tool that uses a spring loaded mechanism to deliver a very consistent, very specifically placed force on a bone that isn’t moving like it should.
This is another motorized table that is utilized in many chiropractic offices. Sometimes called a roller table, there are three rollers inside the table that move up and down your back to introduce passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints, which increases mobility. Traction is also used to increase the fluid supply to the joints and disks. Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.
E-Stim, short for Electrical Stimulation is also know as Interferential Therapy. As the name suggests, this therapy uses electrical currents to stimulate muscles and other soft tissues which aids in pain relief and swelling reduction. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond well to this treatment, helping to reduce muscle weakening and increase blood circulation. Most patients find interferential to be extremely beneficial and describe the feeling of the treatment as a “faint pins and needles” sensation.
Chiropractors are not just adjusters or “bone crackers.” Physiotherapy and rehab is a vital part of most chiropractor’s treatment plans. Bones rely on muscles and ligaments to hold them in place, and if the muscles are too tight or not tight enough, it causes other compensations throughout the chain or moving joints and makes it just that much harder for the adjustments to keep a good hold. Dr. Ludwig will talk to you about your current exercise regimen and give advise as to what modifications could or should be made. He may even assign home exercises and stretches that will be used alongside other therapy options to provide you with the fastest recovery possible.