February 2, 2011 at 7:08 AM CST - Updated June 15 at 6:00 PM
The doctors of Helton Chiropractic use several different techniques to better treat a wide range of conditions in a broad base of different patients. Most people don't realize that there are multiple styles and techniques available that range from the standard firm manipulation to very gentle low force adjustments that are ideal for infants, osteoporotic patients, and those who are uncomfortable hearing any kind of popping noises.
The techniques most commonly used in Helton Chiropractic are:
Diversified Technique: 80% of chiropractors utilize this style to adjust most people. It is gentle but firm and can achieve fast results. This technique is done using the doctors hands and is what most people think of when they think of an "adjustment."
Thompson Drop Technique: Thompson is a style using a specialized adjusting table to aid in aligning the spine. The table allows the body's own weight and a very short drop to move the joints. This is considered a low force technique and is very safe for most patients. Patients enjoy the lower force needed to elicit a response and find it's excellent for treating the large bones of the low back, hips, and pelvis.
Instrument adjusting: Helton Chiropractic uses the Impulse Adjuster for delicate work on infants, older patients with thinning bones, or patients with stubborn joints that can't relax any other way. The Impulse adjuster is an electric powered instrument that gently "taps" on the joints with a precise amount of force. It is the preferred method for treatment of infants or patients with a fear of typical forceful adjustments.
Extraspinal Technique: This is how the chiropractor adjusts the joints of the arms, wrists, knees, feet, ankles, and shoulders. Chiropractors are not limited to treating only they spine. All joints in the body can benefit from regular alignments.
Kennedy Decompression Technique: Dr. Helton and Dr. Marin are Lubbock's only doctors certified in this technique. This technique is a system of analysis and treatment of disc problems. A very specific evaluation is used to determine what type of adjusting, disc decompression, and core stabilization and rehab needs to be done to help patients get well without surgery or drugs when a disc problem is present.
On a typical patient, the doctors will often use parts of all of the techniques to best treat the patient.
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