There are many different chiropractic techniques. Some doctors of chiropractic perform joint manipulation with only their hands, while others use a variety of instruments. Some administer adjustments using quick but firm movements, while others use a lighter touch. If you are the type of patient that prefers the instantaneous relief offer from “;joint popping” spinal manipulation you will probably like the quick but firm method. However, if the thought of this makes you cringe and grit your teeth, you should be looking for someone with a gentler approach. Similarly to massage applications, chiropractic treatments are an individual process that can be different for every patient. According to, some good questions to ask your Chiropractor about his or her technique include:

  • Which chiropractic techniques does the chiropractor use and why? Most chiropractors are experienced in a range of techniques, e.g. 4 or 5 techniques, and will pick the one or ones best suited to the patient and his or her condition.
  • Does the chiropractor use his or her hands or an instrument for the chiropractic
  • Does the chiropractor employ a deeper, joint-popping adjustment or a low-force
  • Is the chiropractor experienced in treating problems similar to the patient’s?
  • How many years has the doctor been in practice?
  • How much training and experience does the chiropractor have in the specific technique he or she is recommending?

While many of the above questions regarding chiropractic technique don’t have a right or wrong answer, they do furnish you with good information. They will then let you have a clearer understanding of your provider’s chiropractic techniques and allow you to make sure there will be a good patient-doctor fit as treatments go forward.
Additionally, after getting answers to these questions, you can do more research regarding specific chiropractic techniques as needed.

Things to Watch Out For

There are a few chiropractic techniques that reputable chiropractors agree are questionable. Beware of a provider who claims one or more of the following:

  • They are the only one with a “special new technique” that no other chiropractor can use.
  • They are able to “cure” a variety of conditions like asthma, heartburn, infections,
    diabetes and more.
  • If they recommend a long-term treatment plan, such as 3 times per week for 6 to 12 months, then 2 times per week for another 6 to 12 months, then 1 time per week for 6 or more months.
  • If they require a substantial prepayment for unlimited treatment for 6 months to a year.
  • If the provider recommends the same type of treatment for every patient.
    The chiropractor continually recommends ongoing care with no sign of stopping.

Most treatments should only last 4-6 weeks before a re-evaluation exam to check in on the progress. Other treatments may take even less time yet some may take more time. Your Chiropractic should keep you updated throughout your treatments. If you come across any of the above, you should strongly consider finding another Chiropractor.

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