As a car accident chiropractor in San Antonio, Dr. Samaniego treats car accident survivors using a range of chiropractic adjustments. Here are a few types of adjustments patients may undergo during a typical session.
Direct Thrust Technique
Also referred to as high velocity, low amplitude method or mobilization with impulse, the direct thrust technique involves pulling instead of pushing against body structures and monitoring the increased restraint. It is one of the oldest and most popular types of manual therapy still used by chiropractors today.
This technique may be used to:
- Realign the spine
- “Crack” or “pop” the back
- Provide pain relief
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve range of motion
The articulatory technique may be used to restore a dysfunctional joint. By incorporating high to moderate amplitude forces, Dr. Samaniego will engage a joint’s full range of motion to help reduce pain.
When performing this technique, chiropractors use passive movement of a specific spinal section to help improve range of motion. Spinal mobilization may help:
- Increase range of motion
- Decrease pain in the spine
- Re-align spinal segments
Myofascial release refers to a number of manual procedures designed to alleviate tension in the fascia of the body. During a myofascial release adjustment, the chiropractor will apply sustained pressure to relieve stiffness and pain. This technique offers benefits to the joints, bones, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and soft tissue.
Myofascial release can help:
- Relax muscles
- Minimize soreness
- Improve tissue recovery
- Decrease the effects of stress
- Reduce or suppress trigger point pain and sensitivity
- Reduce adhesions along with scar tissue
- Improve joint range of motion
- Improve neuromuscular efficiency
- Regulate the production of cytokines
- Decrease neuromuscular hypertonicity
- Support the growth and repair of muscle tissue
Muscle Energy Technique
Dr. Samaniego, a car accident chiropractor in San Antonio, may use the muscle energy technique to help stretch a muscle and address a range of symptoms caused by acute somatic dysfunction due to severe muscle spasms or whiplash injury. By incorporating directed and controlled constrictions, the muscle energy technique can help alleviate back pain and improve musculoskeletal function.
The technique is used to:
- Stretch tight or weak muscles
- Reduce muscle spasms
- Increase range of motion
- Relieve soft tissue pain
- Promote healing
The functional technique targets joints with the goal of eliminating restriction, improving mobility, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation.
- Muscle spasms
- Localized inflammation
- Misaligned spinal segments
A chiropractor will use the Flexion-Distraction method to gently stretch the spine, enabling the chiropractor to use a gentle pumping method to correct spinal alignment. The technique can be used to:
- Address sciatica
- Relieve pinched nerves
- Treat herniated discs
- Increase disc and joint motion
This chiropractic technique is commonly used to relieve:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Hip or pelvic misalignments
As a car accident chiropractor in San Antonio, Dr. Samaniego provides chiropractic adjustment for car accident survivors. If you’re experiencing pain, give My Doctor Sam a call to schedule an appointment and get the care you deserve.