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At times, an adjustment in a particular area of the back or neck may be performed once or repeated a few times during the session to ensure the adjustment is fully achieved. All chiropractors are different and this clip represents one style of many. This video shows how a chiropractor would examine a patient’s spine and administer chiropractic adjustments to the patient in the neck, upper back and lower back.
These adjustments should only be done by trained professionals and should not be tried at home – this video is intended for the sole purpose of showing what to expect during a chiropractic manipulation.
Video presented by Roddy Knight, DC
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So what we’re doing at the moment is we’re going to motion out the spine in the neck area and the patient is reporting if anything is tender throughout the spine. So I palpate with the hand – palpation means the chiropractor feels in the vicinity of the tightness where the joints aren’t moving.
And so the adjustment part is just a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust and it is administered through direction of restriction through the joint. And we just take the neck into a certain position and just give it a little pop and that should make you feel like it’s freed up a little bit.
We’ll now get you to turn onto your side and we’ll look at the lower back. All it is again is a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust – it's very small depth. We take the patient into what’s called a lockout and we just go gently in.
Again we will motion out chiropractic to feel if there are any restrictions and I’ll ask the patient if there is any tenderness at all as we go through the spine. So I’ll do a trigger point on this muscle – just hold that for ten. Knots appear in the muscle and if we can press on them with enough pressure, it will dissipate the tension. As the tension dies down, the muscle spasm will die down as well. So we’ll do another adjustment through the mid-thoracic spine here where the joints are a little bit stuck.
I recheck the movements now, so recheck the spine again – check for restrictions. With this particular patient, we’ve increased the movement in the spine in the neck and the mid-thoracic area, the mid-back, and then the lumbar spine.