Although Dr. Roman’s practice incorporates a number of therapeutic modalities into her patients’ care, chiropractors have a specialized training that no other profession can offer.
Briefly: manipulative therapy is when a chiropractic doctor leverages pressure to gently push a given body part towards a more ideal alignment. It is all-natural, non-invasive, and has none of the potential side effects of pain killers.
Your doctor will carefully evaluate your needs, determine the order in which adjustments should be administered, and then apply them. The patient remains clothed, and comfortably positioned on a table. There should not be any significant discomfort, and if even minor discomfort is involved, it will be over in less than two or three seconds. Dr. Roman communicates well with her patients and listens closely to their concerns.
Some new patients are fearful about the “popping” sounds they might hear. This sound is nothing more than the release of gasses that have been trapped inside the joints, just like when someone pops their knuckles. New chiropractic patients quickly come to associate that popping sound with the feeling of relief from pain. Patients who find the sound off-putting can receive a modified treatment.
There are a number of techniques for manipulating the spine and joints, and rest assured that when Dr. Roman pushes or pulls a limb, the maneuver is based on sound, well-researched practices to achieve a specific movement goal.
Manipulative therapy has a goal of restoring or enhancing joint function, and ensuring that the spine is as close to perfect alignment (and therefore functionality) as possible. Think of someone you know who has poor posture, and imagine the movement of his or her arms, legs, and neck. Being even just “a few degrees off” from perfect alignment can contribute to wear and tear on the joints, muscles, and nerves.
But when the spine is aligned correctly, other parts of the body move as they are intended. A good image for the difference a few degrees can make is a golfer, making tiny, careful changes to the club’s position before driving the ball. Those two or three degrees could completely change the outcome . . .just like a few degrees of adjustment to the spine can make all the difference to posture and movement.