What Does a Chiropractor Do? : How Are Chiropractic Adjustments Performed?


Okay, so we talked about what the adjustment
is, and now I’m actually going to show you a little bit of how I do it and explain how
some people do it a little bit differently but I will show you how I do it. I’m actually
going to adjust this person today. Many people do this a little bit differently, but one
thing that I actually do in my assessment is I do check leg length. In her case, this
one here is slightly shorter. It’s about a 1/4 inch shorter than this one. That doesn’t
mean that her left leg is short. It just means in this case she’s presenting with it shorter.
I use that. Some people that as a direct information as to how they’re going to adjust. I use it
to get just one more piece of the puzzle. To me, finding out where I’m adjusting and
actually making the adjustment, it’s all combining a bunch of pieces to find the right spot to
make the adjustment. On her, the next thing that I would do is I’ll come up here and actually
feel how each part of the pelvis is moving. I’m starting here in the bottom. Start with
the pelvis, feel how each side’s moving, then I can feel for the bottom bone in the back,
which is called the sacrum, well next to bottom bone. The bottom one’s the coccyx, but we
don’t want to adjust that one in here anyway. The sacrum, I feel for the movement of the
sacrum here. Basically what I find on her is the left side of the sacrum is slightly
posterior. It’s slightly towards the back and it’s not moving that way very well. In
this particular case, the type of adjustment I’m going to use actually uses this piece
right here. It’s a drop piece we call it. What it does is it actually raises up. It
raises up about half an inch, then when I apply pressure, it drops back to its original
position. That’s just used as an assist to make the adjustment. It makes it easier on
the patient. I make my contact onto the bone that I need adjust and push it in the direction
that it needs to go. The table drops to there, and I just do that 3 times to make that I
get the adjustment complete. That’s just one way of adjusting the low back.

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