Manual vs. Computerized Chiropractic: What’s the difference?
At Florence Spine and Nerve, we offer two different styles of chiropractic treatments: traditional adjustments, which are done by hand, and instrument adjustments, which are performed with the help of a computerized tool. Here’s a quick look at the differences between these two methods.
Traditional (manual) chiropractic
The term chiropractic includes the Greek root chiro—“hand”—because traditionally, spinal adjustments involve direct pressure from the Chiropractor’s hands onto the affected areas. There are hundreds of chiropractic techniques for performing this kind of chiropractic adjustment. For this reason, a chiropractor will choose one to five techniques to help his or her patients.
Dr. Mazique maintains proficiency in manual techniques including Gonstead, Thompson, Diversified and Palmer Package. While technologies are the wave of the future for chiropractic, we believe there will always be a place for traditional chiropractic in the care of patients.
Within recent years, computerized instruments have provided a new method of spinal adjustment. The goal is still the same—the application of pressure to the affected joint to restore mobility and correct subluxations. However, computerized instruments (including the ProAdjuster and the Activator, used here at Florence Spine and Nerve) offer advanced evaluations of individual joints before and after each treatment. The adjusting tool can be much more precise in the amount of force it uses, adjusting to the stiffness of each individual vertebrae.
Many of our patients love the convenience and ease of the instrument technique. Unlike with manual chiropractic, treatments can be performed with the patient sitting upright. Many patients find the more precise adjustments to be gentler and more comfortable.
Which treatment style is right for me?
So which technique is right for you? This is a good question. There are benefits to each technique, and different patients have different preferences.
When recommending a treatment plan, the Chiropractor will take into account your initial evaluation. She’ll recommend the technique she believes will best suit your particular needs. Each time you visit, we’ll evaluate your progress. Throughout your care, the doctor may change techniques or blend a couple techniques to maximize your results.
Schedule a $20 consultation, examination and report of findings, and we can discuss which method (or a combination of methods) will work best for you.