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Chiropractic Techniques: Which One is Right for You?

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At Lifespring Chiropractic we blend many different chiropractic techniques to make our own Lifespring Technique. We believe in a personalized approach, and it really shows through the way we utilize our techniques. We understand that it can be confusing or challenging to find the right solution for pain relief, especially when everyone is using the same buzzwords like “root cause”, “personalized approach”, or “tailored to your needs” even though they aren’t really! For this reason, we hope to explain many of the chiropractic techniques we use and how they can be beneficial to different populations for a truly personalized approach.

What is the most effective chiropractic technique?

Through helping thousands of people in the Austin area with pain relief and health transformations we have learned the importance of utilizing many techniques and matching them to the patient. Simply put, the most effective technique is the one that is the best match for the individual patient-based on a number of factors such as age, previous injuries, level of flexibility, and others. Testing is extremely important to determine which technique should be used. In over half of the thousands of patients we have examined, we have found that the technique that patient had previously is one that should not be done on them in the future and could potentially make them worse. Again, the only real way to know is by testing and taking a good patient case history and consultation.

Many times, people who have tried chiropractic and it “didn’t work for them”, never had comprehensive testing to determine the right technique. Without the right technique, we may get temporary relief, but not really find a long-term solution to the pain relief we are seeking. Even worse, without comprehensive testing, and the administration of the wrong technique, someone could get hurt. 

We regularly see Division One college football players or NFL players. They would not need the same treatment as a 60-year-old woman who has osteoporosis. When some people say that you shouldn’t see a chiropractor if you have a specific condition, like osteoporosis, what they really mean is that you shouldn’t see a general chiropractor who would not test to see which technique would be best suited for this issue. You should really see a specialized chiropractor that knows many techniques and can match the right approach to you. 

Understanding Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care focuses on creating a healthy spine and nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Many times symptoms like neck pain, back pain, headaches, or jaw pain, come about due to unhealthy joints in the spine. The body warns us through an alarm system (pain) via the nerves. Our job as chiropractors is to restore proper motion to the joints in the body through chiropractic adjustments. When proper motion and stability are restored, the alarm system (pain) turns off. 

The way we get the joints moving through a chiropractic adjustment greatly varies. There are a few basic categories of techniques that we will outline. 

Neurological Based Chiropractic Techniques

These techniques focus on the “wiring system of the body” to plug it back into a power outlet so to speak. When the nervous system, the master control system, is functioning at its best, it allows the body to heal from things such as joint pain, inflammation, sprains/strain injuries, and more. It also has a positive impact on the ability of the body to function at its best in other ways such as posture, balance, coordination, digestion, immune system, energy, and mood. This is because the nerves in our body not only control pain but actually mostly control functions such as the above-listed things. 

A few examples of neurological techniques include TIC (tonal integrative correction), Torque Release Technique, and Activator technique. At Lifespring Chiropractic we utilize elements of these techniques in the Lifespring Technique. These techniques are all considered low-force techniques. They use gentle touch or a spring-loaded instrument to introduce a light tap to the body. These are only effective if two things are true – the exact correct spot is being addressed by the chiropractor (only found through comprehensive testing), and the right angle of correction is being used (again only found through comprehensive testing). 

Similar to the game of billiards, it does not matter how hard you hit the ball, but rather the skill of the player and how they use angles and contact points to their advantage. Knowing when to use a forceful shot vs a gentle shot is the equivalent of having a skilled highly specialized chiropractor like the chiropractors at Lifespring Chiropractic. 

The Neurological based techniques can be highly effective for things like nerve pain, herniated discs, autoimmune conditions, headaches, stress related tension in the body, and more. They also are the safest techniques and are generally a great fit for people who have had a previous bad experience at a chiropractor, cannot tolerate force like someone with hypermobile joints, osteoporosis, or just don’t like popping and cracking. 

Testing to determine if a Neurological technique is the right fit for a patient includes many things such as range of motion testing, a neurological chiropractic evaluation, and specialized tests such as cervical syndrome to check for the presence of nerve interference.

Click here to schedule your first appointment and experience the benefits of neurological chiropractic techniques. 

Structural Chiropractic Techniques 

Structural chiropractic techniques look at how structure determines function, which is true for anything in nature. Think of a building that is tilted. Over time gravity will wear out the building at a faster rate than if it were straight and it may eventually even collapse. The same is true with our bodies. If we operate under ideal postural and structural positions, we will have less degeneration of the joints. Degeneration of the joints in our body is many times the source of our pain. Again, think of our body alerting us that something is wrong. 

Structural techniques utilize testing such as posture, x-rays, or orthopedic testing to determine any areas of the body that may have altered structure. Altered structure tends to bring many compensatory symptoms such as tight muscles or joint pain. Some of the structural chiropractic techniques that are implemented into the Lifespring technique include Gonstead, Chiropractic Biophysics, and Diversified. These techniques tend to be great for people who have things like disc herniation, sciatica, tech neck, or poor posture. 

Click the link below to get started with structural chiropractic techniques. 

Light Force Chiropractic Techniques 

These techniques many times require an understanding of ligament healing. A ligament is like a rubber band that connects two bones together, at a joint. If a ligament is stretched, we do not want to overstretch it. Therefore we would not use traditional popping chiropractic techniques, and we also would not recommend this person stretches at home. The only way to find out if a person is hypermobile and has overstretched ligaments is if they have gone through a comprehensive examination. Without testing it is impossible to know if these techniques should be done. Through thousands of patient evaluations, we find that in about 50% of all patients, we have to modify and avoid using certain techniques. That’s right, if we didn’t test for this, we could be potentially making a problem worse for about half the people who have come in to see us!

These techniques are great for people who have a fear of chiropractic (or had a bad past experience), or have low bone density like osteoporosis, or osteopenia. They are also great for people who have had past spinal surgery and may have a rod, pin, or screw in their spine. We can still make a change to an area with hardware in it safely through these techniques.

Click the link below to experience the benefits of light force chiropractic techniques without the cracking or popping of traditional chiropractic. 

Extremity Chiropractic Techniques

These techniques are focused on the analysis and application of extremity problems in areas such as the foot and ankle, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. At Lifespring Chiropractic we use a combination of gentle techniques like drop table, and activator, along with more traditional techniques. Which one is used is highly dependent on the clinical findings from the comprehensive testing we perform. Many times with an extremity, a person will not be able to have traditional chiropractic techniques done due to past injury or trauma, so we have to modify it to make it safe, comfortable, and effective. 

Tailoring the right fit for each person who comes in is highly important. As mentioned above in many examples, without comprehensive testing the wrong technique could be administered to someone and could result in a lack of long-term results or worse yet an injury. Some of the factors that go into our comprehensive testing that we do with people on their first appointment include: 

-age

-history of car accidents (even if no injury has taken place)

-occupation

-amount and type of daily movement

-stress levels

Click the link below to schedule an appointment to experience what extremity chiropractic can do to help you get out of pain and move without limits.

The Lifespring Chiropractic Approach 

During the first visit, we will welcome you in to sit down with one of our skilled chiropractors for 40 minutes. Before we lay a hand on you, we want to hear from you what you are experiencing. One of our chiropractors will play detective and ask many questions, some of which will definitely seem unrelated to you. This will help us determine the cause of the problem, not just where symptoms are showing up. After we ask a series of questions that will help us put the pieces together we will start our comprehensive diagnostic testing process. This will include postural testing, structural testing, neurologic testing, range of motion testing, and movement tests. 

The combination of testing and history will lead us to determine the right chiropractic techniques for you that are safe, comfortable, and effective. This will also lead us to develop a personalized home plan for you such as ergonomic setup, stretches, or corrective exercise. In over half the people we see, we have to recommend that they stop doing some of the things they thought were beneficial to their care due to things they had read online or seen in a video somewhere.

Our success rates are over 90% due to the amount of testing we do with patients and largely the specialized techniques we can implement for quick results. 

In conclusion, at Lifespring Chiropractic, we’re dedicated to providing you with a personalized and effective chiropractic care experience. We understand that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and our commitment to comprehensive testing ensures that our Austin chiropractors can tailor the right technique to your specific needs. Whether you’re an athlete, have osteoporosis, or simply seek pain relief, we have the expertise and specialized techniques to make a difference. If you’re ready for long-term pain relief and improved well-being, contact us today to schedule your first appointment and embark on your journey toward a healthier, pain-free life!