Top Chiropractic Techniques for Lasting Relief of Pain

As anyone who has dealt with chronic pain will attest, finding relief can often seem like a never-ending quest. However, many have discovered the significant benefits of chiropractic care. In this article, we’ll explore some common chiropractic techniques and their benefits, how chiropractic care can improve overall health, the importance of regular adjustments, and chiropractic care for all ages.

We’ll also explore how combining chiropractic care with other wellness services at LiveWell Family Health Centre can bring about the best results.

Common Chiropractic Techniques and Their Benefits

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to relieve pain, improve function, and increase mobility. Here are a few commonly used methods – we’ve included a little more detail on the lesser known ones:

This technique involves applying a controlled, sudden force to a specific joint of the spine. It can provide immediate relief for acute low back pain.

Often used to treat herniated discs and scoliosis, this technique involves a gentle, non-thrusting type of spinal manipulation.

This technique uses a small, handheld instrument known as the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spinal structures. The instrument contains a spring-loaded mechanism which, when triggered, releases a controlled and quick impulse. This method is a low-force alternative to the high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts used in traditional spinal manipulation.

The science behind the Activator Method lies in its ability to isolate specific areas of dysfunction. The chiropractor uses the instrument to target a precise area, minimizing the force applied to the surrounding tissues. This allows for a localized adjustment without the torsion or bending movements associated with manual techniques. Studies suggest that the Activator Method may be particularly effective for patients with chronic pain conditions and older adults, who may not tolerate the force of manual adjustments well.

Named after its developer, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, this hands-on technique focuses on a detailed analysis of the spine using visualization, static palpation, and motion palpation. The chiropractor identifies problem areas in the spine, then applies a specific, hands-on adjustment to correct misalignments.

The Gonstead technique may involve using a specialized adjusting table that accommodates various body positions. This table allows the chiropractor to position the patient optimally to target the specific spinal segment. The adjustment itself involves a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust, which often results in the characteristic popping sound.

Gonstead adjustments emphasize biomechanical and structural principles. By correcting spinal misalignments, these adjustments aim to restore normal disc alignment, reduce pain, and optimize nerve function.

Also known as Thompson Terminal Point Technique, the Drop Table technique involves a specially designed table with different sections that drop slightly when a quick thrust is applied. Each section of the table corresponds to a specific area of the patient’s body.

During a Drop Table adjustment, the chiropractor applies a quick, low-impact thrust at the same time the table drops. This drop helps to add motion to the vertebral segment or joint that’s being adjusted, facilitating the alignment process. The advantage of this technique is that the direction, velocity, and depth of the adjustment can all be controlled, reducing the force required and making the adjustment more comfortable for the patient.

These are just a few examples. The techniques employed will depend on your specific needs and overall health. As always, our team at LiveWell is committed to providing personalized care that addresses your unique concerns.

Chiroprator helping his client to re-adjust their spine

How Chiropractic Care Can Improve Overall Health

Beyond providing pain relief, chiropractic care can contribute to your overall health in several ways. By improving spinal function, it can positively impact your nervous system, which controls every cell and organ in your body. Regular chiropractic adjustments can therefore support immune function, improve sleep, enhance digestion, and promote overall wellness.

And, as many in the field will tell you; a properly aligned spine can facilitate better posture, which, in turn, can improve breathing, energy levels, and even mood. These benefits demonstrate how chiropractic care goes beyond pain management, contributing to your overall well-being and quality of life.

The Importance of Regular Adjustments

Just like regular exercise and a balanced diet, consistent chiropractic care can play a vital role in maintaining health. Regular adjustments can help manage pain and prevent small issues from becoming more significant problems. They can also keep your spine healthy and flexible, improving mobility and range of motion. Moreover, regular adjustments can help to correct posture over time, which is especially beneficial for those who sit for extended periods.

Chiropractic Care for All Ages

Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults; it’s beneficial for all ages. For infants and children, chiropractic care can help address issues such as colic, ear infections, and growing pains. It can also assist in dealing with alignment issues that may occur due to falls or heavy school bags.

For older adults, chiropractic care can alleviate pain from conditions like arthritis, improve balance, and enhance overall mobility, contributing to a better quality of life.

Chiropractor providing and aiding a child legs
chiropractor helping her client with exercise related to chiro

Combining Chiropractic Care with Other Wellness Services

At LiveWell, we believe in a holistic approach to health. Combining chiropractic care with other wellness services such as massage therapy, naturopathy, fitness training, and proper nutrition can lead to even better results. For instance, massage therapy can further relieve muscle tension and improve circulation, while naturopathy can address underlying health issues and promote healing. Custom orthotics can support spinal health, and a tailored fitness program can build strength and flexibility.

By approaching your health from all these angles, we can help you not just to relieve your pain, but also to enhance your overall well-being and prevent future issues.

For instance, a chiropractic adjustment might alleviate immediate pain in your lower back, but pairing this with regular massage therapy sessions can help to address any lingering muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote faster healing. Meanwhile, our naturopaths can work with you to make dietary changes or suggest natural supplements that could help manage inflammation and support your body’s healing process.

Adding regular exercise or fitness training to this mix is also a crucial step towards sustained health and vitality. The trainers at LiveWell can design a program tailored specifically to your needs and abilities, with a focus on building strength, enhancing flexibility, and improving balance.

Last but not least, the role of proper nutrition cannot be overlooked when discussing overall wellness. The food we consume provides the building blocks needed for repair and recovery. Our naturopaths and wellness coaches can provide dietary advice and recommend natural supplements to ensure that your body has everything it needs to recover, heal, and function optimally.

Chiropractor re-adjusting their client back


To wrap it up, chiropractic care can be a powerful tool in managing pain and enhancing your overall health. Still, it’s most effective when used as part of a comprehensive, personalized wellness strategy. At LiveWell Family Health Centre, we are dedicated to providing such holistic, tailored care to our patients. If you’re struggling with pain or looking for ways to enhance your health, please reach out to our friendly team – we’re here to help.

Remember, health is a journey, not a destination. Every small change you make can bring you one step closer to living a healthier, more vibrant life. Let the team at LiveWell be your trusted guide on this journey. We can’t wait to help you discover the many benefits of comprehensive, integrated care!