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Chiropractic Treatments Explained and Compared

Chiropractic care has become a favoured non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal issues, particularly spinal health, offering an alternative to more conventional medical approaches.

This comprehensive blog will delve deeper into chiropractic techniques, assess their effectiveness, and explore comparisons with related fields like physiotherapy and osteopathy.

Additionally, we’ll look at the role of chiropractic care in managing specific conditions such as neck hump, TMJ, scoliosis, and vertigo.

Core Techniques in Chiropractic Care

Spinal Manipulation (High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust): This common procedure is known for the distinctive popping sound it creates as the chiropractor applies a controlled, sudden force to spinal joints.

Spinal Mobilization (Gentle Chiropractic Techniques): For patients who need a softer approach, such as those with osteoporosis, gentle stretches and mobilizations are used to increase joint mobility.

Flexion-Distraction: Utilized primarily for disc issues or sciatica, this technique involves a special table that stretches the spine to help alleviate pressure and pain.

Activator Method: This uses a hand-held instrument to deliver precise adjustments to the spine or extremities, promoting better  mobility.

Soft Tissue Therapy: Techniques such as massage and myofascial release that target muscle and connective tissue to reduce pain and improve function.

Chiropractor vs. Physiotherapist

Both chiropractors and physiotherapists aim to enhance physical function and alleviate pain, but their methods and treatment focus differ significantly. Physiotherapists provide a broad range of treatments including manual therapy, exercise programs, and education, aimed at rehabilitating injury and improving movement. Chiropractors focus primarily on precise manipulations to improve mobility and nerve function. The choice between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist often depends on the nature of the patient’s condition and their specific health goals.

Osteopath vs. Chiropractor

Osteopathy and chiropractic are similar in that they both perceive the importance of the body’s structure for overall health but differ in scope and techniques. Osteopaths perform a broader range of manipulations, not just on the spine but also on other joints and soft tissues throughout the body. They often use more gentle manipulations than chiropractors and incorporate visceral and cranial techniques that are less commonly used in chiropractic.

Specific Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Care

Neck Hump

A neck hump, or dowager’s hump, is an excessive curvature at the base of the neck, often caused by poor posture or osteoporosis. Chiropractic care can address this by improving mobility and posture, potentially reducing the curvature and associated symptoms.


Scoliosis involves a sideways curvature of the spine and is often diagnosed in adolescents. While chiropractic adjustments cannot cure scoliosis, they can help manage symptoms such as pain and improve posture and spinal symmetry.


Vertigo can be debilitating, causing a sensation of spinning or dizziness that can significantly impact daily activities. Chiropractic care, particularly cervical spine manipulation, can help reduce vertigo symptoms, especially if they are connected to neck movements.

Comparing Chiropractic Care’s Effectiveness

Chiropractic care is often highly effective for acute conditions like back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments can provide equal or superior relief for these conditions compared to medication and other non-invasive treatments. It is also frequently used as a preventive care strategy to maintain spinal health and prevent future injuries.

Safety and Considerations

While generally safe, chiropractic treatments can sometimes result in minor side effects like temporary discomfort, stiffness, or tiredness. Serious complications, such as herniated discs or stroke following neck manipulation, are rare. Patients are advised to seek care from licensed professionals who maintain a good safety record and who will discuss the potential risks and benefits before treatment.

Choosing the Right Chiropractor

Selecting the right chiropractor is crucial for achieving the best outcomes. Look for licensed practitioners who have a reputable educational background and good reviews. Effective chiropractors should provide a thorough assessment, a clear treatment plan, and, if necessary, a multidisciplinary approach involving other health professionals.


Chiropractic care offers a unique and effective approach to managing various physical ailments, particularly those related to spinal health and alignment.

Whether it’s dealing with specific conditions like TMJ, and scoliosis, or more general issues like back and neck pain, chiropractic treatments offer a pathway to improved well-being without the need for invasive procedures.

If you’re interested in getting chiropractic treatments done by a professional, contact PinPoint Health now.


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