Non-Force Chiropractic

There are many, many different Chiropractic techniques. One size does not fit all! Since the inception of Chiropractic, back in 1895, things have changed quite a bit. In the beginning most Doctors of Chiropractic, i.e. DC, only adjusted the cervical spine. Today, most Chiropractors adjust the whole spine as well as the extremities.

Less is more when it comes to Chiropractic adjustments. There is a plethora of "structural" type adjusting techniques as well as non-force adjusting techniques and they all have their place. The beauty of non-force techniques is that there is virtually no down side. They are painless, safe and effective, (the structural types of adjusting are safe, effective and usually painless as well). Some people are a bit reticent to having their necks adjusted the old fashioned way and there are those patients with fragile joints, such as arthritic joints, and non-force adjusting is most appropriate for them. Also, over time the ligaments can become over stretched if a patient is adjusted too frequently or too aggressively.

Network Spinal Analysis or just "Network" is one of the great, gentle, non-force techniques. It is based on the premise that our bodies are innately intelligent and if approached with awareness, they can give the DC the information flower needed to bring the body back into balance. The adjustments consist of light contacts, using a thumb or finger tip on either the neck or sacrum. The reason for these two locations is that this is where the dura adheres to the spine. The dura makes up the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, and so the DC can gently contact these tissues and directly communicate with the Central Nervous System. What is actually taking place is reorganization and balancing of the CNS, removing interferences. The CNS is what controls all the systems of the body.

Through palpation, the doctor feels for tissue that has a little "give" to it. This is one parameter for finding rapport with the patient's spine. Rapport is an indication that the body is able to receive input, it is a "yes, this is a good place to adjust, make your contact here". There is no forcing of wills and pushing bones back into place. It works with the nervous system directly by putting a gentle impulse into the spinal cord, via the outer tissue of the body, and this relays messages to the brain and back to the body. This tells the body which muscles are over stimulated and need to relax and which ones are not toned enough. When tension is released the bones are free to go back into place. One difficulty with the traditional adjusting methods is that often patients' muscles are so tight that after the adjustment the muscles pull the vertebrae right back out. It can be a case of two steps forward and one step back. After muscular interferences have been addressed, traditional adjusting would be appropriate, if there were no contra-indications.

In the hands of a licensed Chiropractor, traditional as well as non-force adjusting techniques are helpful in treating painful misalignments of the extremities and spinal bones.



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