If Dr. Otterman determines that your condition would benefit from chiropractic care, part of the treatment plan will most likely include a form of spinal manipulation called chiropractic manipulative therapy (C.M.T.) or "adjustments". The purpose of the adjustment is to normalize the improper spinal motion found within the verterbral subluxation complex, therefore reducing nerve interference and restoring joint function.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are not the only health care professinals to utilize spinal manipulation. Physiotherapists, osteopaths and even some medical doctors incorporate spinal manipulation in their treatment plan as well. The difference, however, is that Doctors of Chiropractic are uniquely trained to apply spinal manipulation. DCs spend years mastering the art and science of spinal manipulation, and in fact, deliver 94% of all manipulative procedures.
Your treatment may also include a gentler form of spinal manipulation called joint mobilization. Mobilization consists of small passive movements, usually applied as a series of gentle stretches in a smooth, rhythmic fashion to the individual joints. It involves moving the joints in such a way that a small movement of the actual bone surfaces takes place. In this way, joint mobilization improves mobility in areas that currently have less than normal movement. Tight muscles, stiff ligaments, or problems in the joints themselves may cause the decreased movement. If pain is associated with this decreased movement, loosening up the structure that causes the restriction can often relieve the pain.