I had a new member come in last week who had been to many chiropractors in the past and was wondering what technique I used to adjust folks. She said she wanted a “real” adjustment, and that not all chiropractors do that.

First of all, I am not one to run around claiming that my technique and way of adjusting is better than everyone else’s, and that they are doing it wrong if they don’t do it my way. There are many effective techniques out there, and as long as they achieve the objective of correcting vertebral subluxation effectively, then I think it’s great.

A mentor once said that the best technique is the one that allows the chiropractor to correct subluxation using the least amount of force into the member, and the least amount of force (damage) on the chiropractor. I like that.

The technique I use is called Advanced Muscle Palpation (AMP). As the name implies it uses muscles as indication for subluxation. A working muscle (think flexed bicep) feels different from a relaxed muscle. When you have a subluxation, your body knows it is a bad thing, and it is working to try to correct it. You will have a working muscle in your spine, working to try to correct the subluxation. As I feel down the spine, I am feeling for those working muscles. When I find one, I introduce a gentle force (adjustment) to assist the muscle in doing what it’s already trying to do.

This is an important point to make: the chiropractor really isn’t the one that corrects the subluxation; it is the member’s innate intelligence – it’s their own body that really corrects the subluxation. The chiropractor is merely introducing a force to assist the working muscle. I know that can be an odd concept to most folks, and not make sense initially, but think about it.

Your technique should be one that is so gentle and universal that it can be used on any person no matter their age, gender, shape, weight, or anything else. Meaning, your technique used should be the same for a 35 year old as it is for an infant, or 87 year old. If you need to use different techniques to location subluxation for different people, there is some discrepancy in your technique. Subluxation isn’t different in principal therefore, technique for locating them should not be either.

I do all my adjustments by hand only. Again, not because there is anything inherently wrong with using instruments to adjust, but because I can be more precise and certain with my hands directly on the person, rather than having an instrument in the way. I want to make sure my hand placement is spot on, and my thrust is precise. I can do that better with my hands directly on the person.

I pride myself in being an excellent chiropractic adjuster. It is an art that must be practiced and respected to be done well. All I do in my office is check and adjust, it is my craft, and I want to be a master at it. It is one of the reasons (although not anywhere near the main reason) that I don’t do anything else in this office, but I will touch on why I solely adjust in a future post. If you want the best adjustment, then you want to come here. You want to come to someone that solely practices that craft and is a master of it. You want someone that is obsessed and passionate about it.

That is what you get when you come to ChiroPure. A masterful, high quality spinal check and adjustment. It is how we offer such affordable chiropractic membership plans, and how we can allow entire families to get quality care for a lifetime. We think about things, and do things, differently than most other chiropractors, and there are very good reasons we do things the way we do. If you want to find out more about what sets us apart, check out our website, and book a complimentary consultation.

You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Until next week,

Dr. Jen