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Chiropractic Techniques at Back to Health Center

Because every patient is unique, chiropractic care provides much more than a one-size-fits-all approach to wellness. Depending on your specific needs, your Back to Health Center chiropractor in Alexandria uses any one of many safe and effective therapeutic techniques that provide acute pain relief, long-term pain management, and improved mobility. In some cases, a combination of chiropractic techniques works best to relieve pain and increase range of motion.

Cox Technique

Developed by Dr. James Cox nearly 50 years ago, the Cox Technique is a system and table that allow for gentle spinal decompression in patients suffering from herniated or ruptured discs. The Cox Technique is a non-surgical procedure that works with the body’s natural design to promote healing. The goal of the Cox Technique is to free patients from pain as quickly as possible. This technique is effective on back, neck, and leg pain.

The patient lies on a special Cox table that optimizes the benefits of chiropractic care. The table allows our chiropractor a very high level of control to pull discs back into place without having to use rapid twisting or jerking motions.

Our chiropractor in Alexandria uses the Cox table to perform two basic chiropractic care techniques – flexion distraction and decompression adjustment – that reduce pressure between the bones of the spine and the spinal nerves, widen the spinal canal to make more room for the spinal cord, and restore motion to the spinal joints.

Diversified Technique

Diversified is the most commonly used technique by chiropractors and is the technique most familiar to patients.

To perform the diversified technique, our chiropractor produces quick, shallow thrusts on various joints, especially in the spine, to restore proper movement and alignment. As the name implies, the diversified technique is effective for a wide variety of conditions affecting the neck, back, and joints.

Thompson Technique

The Thompson technique uses a special table in which supportive cushions drop a fraction of an inch when our chiropractor applies thrust. The drop pieces optimize the thrusting action while minimizing the forces required.

Gonstead Technique

Clarence S. Gonstead became a chiropractor in 1923 after he received chiropractic care for rheumatoid arthritis. With an extensive background in mechanical engineering, Gonstead pioneered the “foundation principle” that explains how problems in one part of the spine could cause symptoms in another area of the spine. The Gonstead technique involves a very thorough evaluation process to determine the underlying cause of symptoms.

The Gonstead technique is one of the safest approaches to chiropractic care and is appropriate for children, pregnant women, the very frail, and elderly.

Motion Palpation Institute

Motion palpation is a technique chiropractors use to locate a joint problem within the spinal column or extremities. Our chiropractor in Alexandria performs motion palpation by feeling the motion of specific points along the spine as the patients move. Created by the Motion Palpation Institute, motion analysis came to the United States in 1981 and is now taught in chiropractic colleges worldwide.

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..I am extremely grateful for the outstanding care that I receive from Dr. Shara, and I highly recommend the Back to Health Center to anyone who is interested in improving their health through high quality care.

Pam V
Alexandria, VA

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