The Chiropractic Difference
Laying the foundation for Total Health
In some ways, one could say that chiropractic care is a bit like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, than that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
What is "Instrument Adjusting"?
The Activator Instrument Adjustment Tool allows us to offer advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments by utilizing state of the art, instrument assisted, chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. We are able to work on infants, expecting mothers, elderly patients, those with fragile bones or chronic spinal issues, who otherwise would not be able to receive chiropractic care. My Chiropractor used an Activator, but I didn't enjoy my experience. What is different about your practice? Great question! Yes, many Chiropractors use an Activator tool that have never been trained in the "Activator Method", which can feel like an entirely different experience than a Doctor who just picks up the tool without proper training in what to look for and how to go about a full body adjustment.
The Activator Method is one of the most widely-researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with clinical trials to support its effectiveness. We refer to this method as "Gentle Chiropratic" and use it frequently with those who may be apprehensive about Chiropractic care in the general sense of 'popping' and 'snapping' that some have experienced with the classic method of manual adjustments.
Activator Methods has published hundreds of clinical and scientific peer-reviewed papers, worked with major academic research institutions, and received grants from recognized entities like the National Institutes of Health. Activator Methods has a significant academic presence, with the techniques being taught in most U.S. chiropractic colleges and several more around the world.
Do we offer Manual Manipulation?
Yes, however this is not our primary approach.
What is "Spinal Manipulation Technique (Diversified)" *Licensed*
The original chiropractic adjustment approach is generally referred to as spinal manipulation, and may also be called the diversified technique or the high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust. This method uses some force and is performed manually by hand. Though we do offer the Manipulation Technique, we actively practice the Activator Method.
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our Bend chiropractic office, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care or adjustments 2-4 times per week for 2-6 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of corrective or restorative chiropractic care is to help bring your body back to 100% functioning. It is typical to need chiropractic adjustments about 1-2 times per week for 1-6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing back pain or other pain symptoms, it is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems in the future. Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and your goals.
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