Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to removal of subluxations ( vertebral subluxation ) and its effect on the nervous system. Subluxations are the misalignment of vertebrae in the spinal column affecting the nervous system and it’s ability to function at full potential. The chiropractic adjustment is a applied force into a restricted or misaligned spinal joint, returning function and alignment to the spinal joint. Subluxation’s can also affect the musculoskeletal system ( muscle spasms ), nervous system causing loss of normal function of organs and tissues ( ““The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the organs and structures of the human body.” ~ Grays Anatomy, pg 4 “).
There are many types of adjustment approaches, many chiropractors use ( HVLA ) a high velocity, low amplitude, thrust, this is commonly associated with the “crack” many individual feel. Many practitioners will also utilize techniques that use low-force leverage to restore proper function of the spine.
Diversified technique is the form of high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that is traditionally associated with chiropractic manual adjustments. This adjustment style is often associated with the “cavitation” the release of nitrogen in the synovial fluid, when the pressure in the joint pressure is released. This is the most common adjustment Dr. Soran uses, he applies a short, quick, thrust, into the restricted joint, with the goal of restoring normal range of motion and removal of the subluxation. Like any hands on skill their are those with smooth fluid technique, and their are those less gifted, with out a smooth touch, but many patients will never know that a smoother adjustment is possible. If you have ever seen daVinci’s Mona Lisa, you know not everyone paints by numbers, but their are those with fine skills.
The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine restoring function of the restricted joint. Activator is one of the alternatives to the traditional manual adjustment of the spine.
The advantages of the activator may be the speed of the impulse and the ability to apply force into the restricted joint before muscles tense in response. This reduction of muscle tension and the localized force facilitates greater movement of the joint.