Although the best-known chiropractic technique is the adjustment (or spinal manipulation), chiropractors may use a number of different therapies and techniques as part of an individual's treatment plan. Many chiropractors use their hands as their main treatment tool, but there are also techniques that use handheld therapeutic devices. In this section, you can read about various chiropractic therapies and techniques.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy entails putting pressure on “trigger points,” or tender nodules found in the muscle, to release tension, relieve pain and correct dysfunction of a muscle.
Spinal decompression is a technique that utilizes traction to open space between vertebrae, pump the discs with nutrients, and help injured and herniated discs.
Spinal manipulation (adjustment) is the main form of treatment performed by chiropractors. There are many adjustment techniques, and all have the goal of relieving pressure on joints, reducing inflammation and improving nerve function.
Muscle Stimulation (E-Stim)
An electrical muscle stimulation (EMS or E-stim) device can prevent muscle spasms, relieve pain and retrain or build muscle tissue.
If muscle pain bothers you or keeps you from moving freely, a gentle therapy called myofascial release can reduce pain, break down scar tissue and increase flexibility.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment that uses light wavelengths to speed healing time, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.