At Fredericksburg Chiropractic, we serve clients who face a variety of physical problems and ailments. We offer a wide variety of treatments and therapies to help you get out of pain fast. Dr. McKinney specializes in several chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Activator Methods and Cox Flexion-Distraction. Fredericksburg Chiropractic offers some of the latest treatment protocols that achieve results faster than conventional methods.
Today we want to inform you on three of our most common chiropractic treatments: chiropractic manual manipulation, electronic stimulation, and intersegmental traction.
Chiropractic Manual Manipulation
This is the most common treatment and what most people think of when they think of seeing a chiropractor. This is often referred to as your adjustment. The doctors may use their hands or a small device known as an activator to perform your adjustment. The purpose of adjustments are to realign joint subluxations, also known as restrictions. Three common adjusting techniques used include Gonstead, Diversified, and Thompson. These are tried and true techniques which chiropractors have used for decades. Our chiropractors couple these skills along with the latest research to provide the utmost care to our patients.
Electronic Stimulation (E-Stim)
E-stim is administered to patients when they have very spastic muscles. The electrical impulses cause the muscles to repeatedly fire. These repeated muscular contractions in turn fatigue the muscles. When the muscles fatigue, it allows them to relax from their previous state of contraction which often takes pressure off the nerves that are causing the felt pain. The electrical stimulation is typically administered for 10 minutes prior to chiropractic treatments. The relaxed muscles will help the manual manipulation adjustment go smoother.
Intersegmental traction or mechanical traction is often administered after an adjustment. The mechanical traction is a way to aid in joint mobility. After the chiropractic adjustment the patient lays on an intersegmental traction table which rolls up and down the axial spine. The rolling action helps induce motion back into the spinal joints as the machine rises on its Y axis while tractioning the spine on its X axis. Patients often describe the intersegmental traction table as a massage table.
As a patient of Fredericksburg Chiropractic, you may be advised to have one of or a combination of these or our other treatments. To learn about other treatments that we offer, including nutrition, orthotics, and massage, click here. If you’re ready to get started, schedule an appointment!