What is Gentle Chiropractic? Don't You Crack My Neck!!
One complaint we hear most often from people is concerns about going to chiropractor. Particularly the manipulation of the neck using a "twisting or cracking" form of manipulation.
You do not have to get your neck or back cracked or twisted when you go to Dr. Weber. Instrument Manipulation utilizes a handheld instrument that delivers the corrective manipulation to specific joints that are restricted in motion without cracking or twisting. Instruments allow for very controlled, quick manipulation that is very comfortable.
About Chiropractic Manipulation
Manipulation of spinal and other body joints to restore function and mobility to those joints has been a part of the healing professions since ancient Egypt. It has been a hallmark of the Chiropractic profession since its inception in 1895. Manipulation is delivering a specific, controlled force to a joint that is restricted or altered in its motion causing a variety of localized effects including pain, muscle spasm, inflammation and nerve irritation. The most important aspects of manipulation that make it effective are speed, direction of force and amount of force. There are at least 100 different ways to perform a manipulation and each chiropractor does things a little differently.
About Instrument Manipulation
Manipulation utilizing a handheld instrument has been part of the chiropractic profession for over 30 years. Activator Methods has been a leader in the research of instrument manipulation. It also provides both basic and advanced proficiency testing for its doctors. Dr. Weber is advanced proficiency rated. He has also taken instruction in the Impulse instrument, one of the newest forms of instrument manipulation. When manipulation is done by hand (the original method taught in chiropractic college), Dr. Weber believes you lose speed and consistent force. With instrument adjusting, the force is delivered 50 to 100 times faster than with the hand. Considering that the joints of the spine are about the size of a fingernail, instrument contacts are smaller than a broad hand and can be more specific to the joint involved. The compact design of the instrument allows for more control of the force and direction, which is preloaded in the instrument providing consistent and controlled force each time it is used, something almost impossible with the hand. Also the patient does not have to be twisted or pushed to deliver the force, making it much more comfortable and appropriate for older or very young patients.
Some of our patients prefer the traditional way of manipulation in which you hear and feel a "click" or “cracking” of the spinal joints as the restricted motion is released. Dr. Weber is happy to provide that approach as well. In fact, Dr. Weber taught traditional manipulation at the National College of Chiropractic.