Chiropractic Care (Adjustments / Manipulation / Mobilization)
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a natural, non-surgical, drug-free treatment. It involves manipulation/adjustments used to release restricted joints of the spine and extremities. Joints often become restricted due to improper posture, trauma/injury or poor muscle activity.
Why is it used?
A restricted joint can cause nearby joints to move excessively, which can lead to degeneration and pain. Restricted joints can also cause improper movement and motor patterns causing inflammation in muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. By applying an adjustment to a restricted segment, we can gain motion in the joint that could not be gained with only exercise or posture correction. In addition to increased motion, adjusting also relieves pain and relaxes over-active muscles. This relaxation can cause decreased inflammation allowing the involved structures to heal properly. Furthermore, manipulation of a joint increases proprioception (awareness of the positioning of a joint of the body in space) allowing the body to better understand and control itself.
What kind of adjustments do you use?
Manipulations come in many forms. We use a wide variety of adjustments. All the way from HVLA (High Velocity, Low Amplitude, makes the “popping” sound) adjustments to softer, more gentle mobilizations. If the patient is nervous about a standard chiropractic adjustment, we can instead provide a mobilization to the restricted joints, which uses less force and usually does not produce a cavitation (popping sound). While versed in numerous adjusting techniques, Drs. Cotter and Remsburg primarily use adjustments and mobilizations as taught by the Motion Palpation Institute (MPI), a biomechanically superior, evidence-based joint manipulation protocol. Both Doctor Cotter and Doctor Remsburg were picked to be presidents of the school MPI organization and teach other students the treatment protocols. To this day, they both assist in teaching students and other chiropractors this technique at Kansas City MPI seminars.