“What am I doing when I am doing spinal manipulation?”.
Well, that’s a really good question – and one that I’d like all our patients to ask. I stand by the motto that ‘information is power’ (or at least neutral unless it can be checked out) so this is good.
What I am doing as a chiropractor is getting people to function properly. The first measurable of how I’m getting on is how they feel after the treatment. The next is how they improve over the course of treatments. To actually treat patients, I use slightly strange, but mightily effective, chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy (SMT). SMT is the clunking and clicking that most people are now pretty familiar with.
Now this SMT works well, but nearly everyone needs more done than just that.
The added part is a bit of education leading to some changes in how you use yourself. For most of our patients the key aggravating factor is that they work like dogs. And they do this hunched over desks peering into their computers. As a result, they have horrible anterior head carriage (Google it) or see here. For most our patients, this ‘challenging’ work posture is unlikely to change in the near future. So, it is imperative that we get some preventative measures put in place. If this doesn’t happen then patients will just keep on going wrong.
I also suggest that this is a pretty strong dereliction of care. As part of your programme of treatment, you should be shown how to reduce the aggravating factors. You also need to know what to do to keep yourself functioning correctly. Very, very few of our patients ever leave here without a good idea what they have got to do to stop things going wrong again.