Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It’s based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.

In chiropractic healthcare, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.

While it’s often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.

Adjustments, or manipulation as they’re sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.

Yes, they are very safe. When vertebrae are out of place or subluxated, overall systemic effects from the central nervous system occur. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerve impulses to the organ and musculoskeletal systems in the body from the brain, we can’t function at our peak.

An adjustment is a gentle force applied from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is painless the majority of the time. You may hear a noise that sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles which is referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.

The technique that Chiropractic is most widely known for is joint manipulation or ‘adjustments.’ A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. This technique is usually accompanied by an audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (a cavitation).

 

Traditional Chiropractic has been viewed as a complementary and alternative medicine health care profession and an approach to healing concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Typically chiropractors emphasize manual therapy including joint adjustment and manipulation with particular focus on joint dysfunction/subluxations. Currently, chiropractors practice in over 100 countries in all regions of the world, however chiropractors are most prevalent in North America, Australia and parts of Europe.

 

Modern Chiropractic is in the middle of a paradigm shift along with the rest of the Physical Medicine (Physical Therapy, Athletic Trainers, etc) community. This shift is moving away from a doctor-centered model where a treatment is applied based simply on the preferred method of the doctor (Example- Chiropractors = adjustments, Physical Therapy = stretching and ultrasound, Athletic Trainers = taping ankles and electric stim). The modern practitioner is more of a hybrid, utilizing the best diagnostic and treatment methods available from all fields. This type of practitioner blends science, research, and personal experience while keeping the patient’s needs and goals at the forefront of the treatment plan. At the Wissahickon Spine Center, we constantly strive to improve our ability to help people without maintaining a bias towards a particular method or profession. We believe that the best results will be achieved from integration and cooperation among all types of health care providers.

One of the primary techniques used by Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) is “spinal adjustment”, also known as a “chiropractic adjustment”. In fact, chiropractors are renowned as clinicians who are skilled in performing spinal adjustments. The term “adjustment” refers to the physical adjustment of the spinal vertebrae. The goal of such spinal adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation and return the spine to a more natural state of health. The word subluxation is derived from the Latin terms Sub (“less than” or “slight”) and Luxate (“to dislocate” or “be misaligned”). Accordingly, vertebral subluxation means the slight dislocation or misalignment of the spinal vertebrae.

When a patient has a subluxation, chiropractic adjustment can be used to correct the misalignment, which in turn helps enhance joint mobility, reduce pain, reduce muscle spasm, and reduce nerve irritation or impingement. Chiropractic adjustment is a highly refined skill acquired during years of intensive training. The technique involves the manual application of a controlled force into the spinal vertebrae which have become misaligned and hypo mobile (limited in their range of motion). This procedure corrects vertebral alignment and is often accompanied by a clicking sound. While this sound might surprise first time chiropractic patients, it is merely the audible release of gas from within the spinal joints.

Furthermore, the procedure rarely causes discomfort or pain. In fact, many patients report a sense of immediate relief associated with the chiropractic adjustment and often note positive changes in their symptoms shortly after receiving care. If discomfort is experienced it is typically minor and resolves within a matter of days.

To achieve optimal results patients may receive several adjustments over multiple chiropractic visits. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the care plan may also include massage and functional restoration exercises. At Stone Bridge Wellness, Dr. Beth Snyder believes in helping each of her clients to achieve their highest potential quality of life. By meeting her patients where they are, she is able to connect with them on a personal level before investigating and treating the foundational cause of their symptoms.

Spinal joints that aren’t moving right can choke or irritate nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments add motion to these stuck joints, reducing nervous system disruption. Then, health has the best opportunity to return.

Many Techniques

Sometimes a specific, highly-accurate thrust is used. Or an instrument delivers carefully directed energy. Or a slow, constant pressure is used. Several areas may be adjusted, or just one. Sometimes a popping sound is heard.

Feels Great

Because we rely on adjustments to help your body “right itself”, we’re highly proficient. Most practice members report a sense of well-being and ease. After all, if adjustments weren’t pleasant, our practice members wouldn’t return for the multiple visits needed to retrain their spine!

Everyone Benefits

Newborns, infants, children, seniors and even back surgery practice members can get adjusted. Naturally, adjustments are tailored to your size, age and particular health issue. Find out for yourself by scheduling a no-obligation consultation to discuss your problem.