Spinal Manipulation: Is it all it's "cracked" up to be?

Spinal Manipulation: Is it all it's "cracked" up to be?

Spinal manipulation is much more than just a "back crack". For over 100 years, chiropractors have been performing spinal adjustments or manipulations. This makes it easy for most people to think ONLY of "spinal manipulation" when they hear the word chiropractor—they think that's all we do.

In reality chiropractic professionals have evolved into much, much more than being "back crackers". For example, our chiropractors screen and correct movement dysfunction, apply Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), cupping, and manual mobility therapies to name a few. A thorough chiropractor uses spinal manipulation as part of a larger treatment plan.

Spinal manipulation is not just for chiropractors to use. In fact it is now being used by a number of different health care practitioners including physical therapists, medical doctors, and osteopaths.

Why you should get a movement screen

Why you should get a movement screen

After my 41 year-old brother-in-law, Joel, started experiencing sudden low back pain he sought the council of four practitioners: a massage therapist, a physical therapist, a chiropractor and an orthopedic surgeon. All of whom came to 4 very different conclusions.

The massage therapist deemed his back ‘too tight,’ the PT told him he had a muscle spasm, the chiropractor told him his pelvis was 'off' and the orthopedist sent him for an MRI and told him he had herniated a disc.

Who, if any, was right? 

This Voodoo is worth a try

This Voodoo is worth a try

The way we treat sprains, immobility and swelling has changed. One of our favorite techniques is at the heart of this blog known as compression or Voodoo wraps. Made most popular by Dr. Kelly Starrett @MWOD and has since trickled into boxes, gyms, clinics, and most anywhere people are trying to optimize healing and performance.