Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy
To restore motion into a fixed joint, the doctor utilizes chiropractic manipulation, otherwise known as an adjustment. An adjustment helps restore function into joints, therefore benefiting all surrounding tissues, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, disc, and nerves.
At Provance Chiropractic, our doctors use a technique called motion palpation to assess each joint's function prior to an adjustment. Hence, adjusting only the joints which are truly restricted. Imagine a door, how do you know if the door is working or not? You would not only examine the door closed, but also turn the knob and try to open the door. If the door does not open at all, or opens roughly, it can be determined that the hinges of the door are not operating correctly. A joint can be compared to a hinge of a door. A joint that is restricted is referred to as joint dysfunction. Motion palpation is the best way to analyze joint function prior to being adjusted.
A joint should have normal motion in all directions. Most joints move in six different planes of motion. When the doctor determines that a joint is restricted in a specific direction, he will then apply a gently impulse into the direction of the restriction, ultimately restoring motion to the joint. During an adjustment an audible sound may be heard, which is the result of nitrogen gas being released and oxygen entering into the joint. Chiropractic adjustments have been proven effective, safe, and have a high level of patient satisfaction.