While in school and during my first several years of practice, I used a more traditional form of chiropractic (most commonly described as osseus chiropractic) in which the bones of the spine or extremity would be forcibly moved back into place which resulted in the well known chiropractic “pop” or “crack”. Over time, however, it became apparent to me that many patients, especially those that were injured in a motor vehicle collision, were looking for and would benefit from a more gentle approach.
12 years ago, I found a technique that was not only extraordinarly gentle but alsoÂ extremely effective; so much so that it has been the only type ofÂ chiropracticÂ that IÂ have used since. In fact, it soon became apparent to me that it was actually moreÂ effective than any other technique I had ever seen.
While there are some who still enjoy and expect the traditional form of chiropracticÂ and think there needs to be a “pop” or “crack” for something to have actually changed,Â I am finding more and more people who really enjoy experiencing a method of healingÂ that is “silent”. In addition, I have also found manual therapies such as myofascialÂ release, craniosacral therapy and gentle body alignment to be more effective forÂ reducing spasm and eliminating pain, headaches or numbness than the more traditionalÂ therapies of electrical stimulation or diathermy.
Whatever type of chiropractic you prefer, I can not stress enough how important it isÂ that you get checked if you have been in a motor vehicleÂ collision. 60% of all people inÂ rear endÂ collisionsÂ are injured but it may take up to 6 months for symptoms to appear,Â so obviously, symptoms (or the lack thereof) are a poor indicator of the presence of anÂ injury.
In our office in Madison, we use a sophisticated, computerized exam system to look forÂ the evidence of injury. If an injury is found and treatment is required, it is thenÂ used to help both track your progress and determine when you have returned to your pre-accident status. It is imperative you are fully healed before you are released from care and your case is closed with the insurance company.