is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.

 Chiropractic Techniques Used:

  • Diversified Technique: is the most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors across North America.  Like many chiropractic adjustment techniques, it is characterized by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust.  Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic adjusting technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.
  • Thompson Technique: Developed originally by Dr. Clay Thompson and fully patented in 1957, the Thompson Drop Table facilitates a full spine technique by the use of an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven, segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the patient's body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted, whether in the dorsal, lumbar or pelvic area.  By means of this widely used device the practitioner thrusts at high speed, using minimal force, because while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.  
  • Myofascial Release Techniques:There are many different types of muscle release techniques. Dr. Ytsma and Dr. Sides have taken many courses ranging from Active Release Technique*, using only the hands to release muscle and fascia not functioning properly, to Graston Technique* and Eastern Chinese Guasha, using handheld instruments to increase circulation and create microtrauma to tight muscles and trigger points.  Muscles move bones, and therefore, need to be addressed during your treatment in order to fully recover to your full potential.  *Dr. Ytsma nor Dr. Sides are not certified ART or Graston Technique practitioners and do not claim they perform these techniques to patients. All certified techniques are modified during treatment.
  • Activator: The Activator is an adjusting tool that can be used to provide joint manipulation, without the high velocity, low amplitude thrust of a manual adjustment.  This tool is often used on infants, individuals with poor bone density, those that are leary of manual adjustments, and so much more.

What can a chiropractor do for me?

Chiropractors are extensively trained to treat a variety of injuries, ranging from muscle and tendon issues, to joint problems, digestive difficulties, and asthma. Here are just a few things Dr. Ytsma has had success treating:

  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Pain between the shoulders
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Runners knee
  • Sciatica
  • Ankle sprains
  • A-C joint sprains
  • Rib pain
  • Pregnancy pain
  • Asthma

What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation, is a manual procedure that chiropractors use to introduce motion into a joint of the body (spine or extremity joint) that is not moving enough upon assessment by your chiropractor.  A chiropractor has undergone significant training and testing at Chiropractic Institutions and National Board Exams to give proper adjustments to patients that have deficient motion in specific joints. Most often, your chiropractor will contact a portion of the joint that is bony, and induce a light thrust in the direction which the joint must move, in order to be free of abnormal motion.

If I see a chiropractor once, do I have to keep going the rest of my life?

This is a myth. The facts: although your chiropractor can often get you out of pain in a relatively short period of time, if the problem is not fixed and the patient is just treated for pain, often times the problem can reoccur at any point.  Most often once your problem is fixed, it is not mandatory for you to be a chiropractic patient for the rest of your life, however many patients chose to visit their chiropractor occasionally, to maintain their bodies in this healthy  manner and keep them from becoming problematic.

What is the popping sound I sometimes here when I get adjusted?

There are many idea's as to what the "popping" sound is when a joint is adjusted. The "pop" noise is referred to as a cavitation.  Cavitation within a joint that is being moved, is simply a release of gas within the joint capsule itself. The joints in the spine are called synovial joints, and inside each joint is a fluid called synovial fluid. This fluid is very important within a joint, because it acts as lubrication within the joint and also helps to nourish the joints.  When synovial joints produce synovial fluids, byproducts, such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen are also produced and built up.  When chiropractors open up or "gap" a joint, it releases gas and you  hear the popping sound.  It's very similar to the popping sound you hear when popping the top off a champagne bottle!

How do chiropractors know where exactly I need to be adjusted?

Doctors of Chiropractic have undergone extensive training in an accredited chiropractic institution to learn the art, science, and philosophy behind chiropractic.  While obtaining their degree, students partake in numerous "adjusting technique" classes that begin with the art of palpation of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, and move on to specific chiropractic techniques that teach how joints need to be moved, directions they  need to be moved into, and motion and static palpation of joints.

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