Chiropractic Adjustments

Dr. Steve utilizes anterior (front) to posterior (back) standing and seated wall adjustment procedures. The areas that are adjusted are from C7 to L5. The wall adjustment technique reduces neck pain, midback pain, lower thoracic pain and lower back pain. Wall adjustments are effective in reducing pain from pregnancy. Adjusting the rib heads utilizing the wall adjustment quickly improves neck pain, shoulder blade pain and breathing difficulties. A pelvic gauge is used to adjust the sacral base, sacral apex, anterior femur heads and posterior femur heads. To release pressure in the head and neck, intracranial adjustments are performed. SCS utilizes anterior to posterior standing and seated wall adjustment procedures. The areas that are adjusted are from C7 to L5. A pelvic gauge is used to adjust the sacral base, sacral apex, anterior femur heads and posterior femur heads. Intracranial adjustments are performed to release the adverse mechanical tension on the brain, brain stem, spinal cord, cranial nerves and spinal nerves. Intra-cranial Adjustments have a direct influence on axial spinal length changes. Application of the cervical collar and seat wedge is appropriate with standing/sitting exhaustion patterns that show a forward displacement of the neck and mid back region. If the patient sleeps in the fetal position a cervical collar may be utilized to reduce neck and upper back exhaustion. SCS utilizes shoe lifts, seat wedges and cervical collars to counter balance abnormal spinal curvature conditions.

Why Adjust a Person Sitting?

When people stand, they’re often in a defensive pattern, meaning they’re backward in a curvature. Their knees are often bowed out and locked. So when the doctor attempts to adjust this person in that position, the doctor can literally bounce back and not get a very good release. But when they’re seated, this same patient will be forward in curve instead. And because their energy is now in a more exhausted state, there is less resistance in their body, and as a result, the adjustment/release is far better.

This sitting adjustment is extremely profound in patients who were injured in automobile accidents because they are being adjusted in their position of injury. Effective treatment comes from understanding and using these injury specific positions. For example, if the patient was injured standing up, we adjust them standing. If they were injured sitting down, then we adjust them sitting.

Injured Extremities = Spinal Injury

In injuries to the extremities there is always an injury to the spine. Many trainers and physical therapists only treat the injured area/extremity. However, over the years, our research has found a direct correlation between shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle injuries and the spine.

And by adjusting the spine itself, we can quickly improve the injured extremity without ever touching the injured extremity.

Have you ever watched a basketball player sprain an ankle? If you were to watch the replay closely in slow motion, you would see that when they sprained it, their head simultaneously whips back… always. This means the player now has a fixation at the upper-most point of their upper back. So adjusting the 1st thoracic vertebra against a wall would immediately improve the function of their injured ankle.

In shoulder pain and shoulder blade pain, we commonly adjust the C7-T1 area in the upper back. We also usually adjust ribs that have subluxated in the shoulder blade region. Often, the pain is so severe that the patient cannot use the injured shoulder. But with our wall adjustment, we use the patient’s opposite healthy shoulder to adjust the hurt ribs. Such reverse adjusting generally unlocks the pain in the shoulder while restoring its entire range of motion amazing!

One of the most amazing things I’ve seen in my professional career involved a couple of my patients that had knee replacement surgery. They had me treat them right after the procedure by giving them a couple of mid-back adjustments. Their recovery doctors were so amazed by their improvement, especially in terms of their flexibility. Some even said that they’d never seen such drastic progression so quickly! It’s such a powerful testimonial that even in the most severe knee and elbow problems, including surgery, simple adjustments can immediately change pain patterns and improve joint flexibility.