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Types of adjustments used at Lifeline

Many people are understandably interested in   knowing what type of adjustments we use at Lifeline. 


Many chiropractors use high force manipulation, the kind where you often hear a crack.  Also common are chiropractors who use a lower force hand held adjusting instrument called an activator.  A similar tool, usually called an electric adjusting instrument is electric which can give rapid taps, like the activator but at the rate of about 3 per second. 


There are sustained pressure adjustments where finger pressure is applied to a vertebra over a period of about 20 seconds.  Sometimes the pressure is combined with deep breaths and in the neck it is combined with rotation and lateral flexion of the neck to the right and left. 


Pelvic blocking uses foam wedges that the patient lies on.  The blocks push up against the bones of the pelvis.  It is very gentle and the pressure is sustained for 20 seconds up to several minutes. 


There are distraction adjustments which are usually done by pulling up on the spine, the neck or by pulling the leg. 


For some reason many chiropractors only use one type of adjustment.  Now, you wouldn't find a car mechanic that claims he can repair cars using just one type of tool, like say, screw drivers.  Mechanics use dozens of types of tools so that they always have the right tool for the job.  That is my philosophy also.  Some patients are very stiff and forceful manipulation is the only adjustment that makes them feel better.  Other people are sensitive and have looser joints.  Forceful adjustments can make them worse.  I use all the above types of adjustments and even several others so that I always have the right tool for the job.

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