After identifying which spinal bones have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is administered to free up “stuck” joints. First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine. Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. In addition, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine. With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics. The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
After undergoing a thorough examination which leads the doctor to a specific diagnosis of the spine condition to be treated, the patient lies prone or face-down on a specially-designed table. For patients with a herniated or “slipped” disc, the Flexion and Distraction Technique can increase the intervertebral disc height to remove annular tension on the annular fibers and nerves by making more room and improving circulation. It also allows the nucleus pulposus, the center of the disc, to assume its central position within the annular fibers and relieves irritation of the spinal nerve, restores vertebral joints to their physiological relationships of motion, and improves posture and locomotion while relieving pain, improving body functions, and creating a state of well-being. For patients with other conditions causing back pain such as facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, sprain or strain, scoliosis, transitional vertebra, sacroiliac subluxation, or stenosis, the Flexion and Distraction Technique provides all of the above benefits plus the ability to place the spinal joints into normal, painless movements so as to restore spinal motion without pain.