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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kristen Mitteness

My Chiropractic Technique

A patient recently came into me and said something along the lines of, "It doesn't really feel like you do much when I'm here, but I really felt it after."

I utilize one of the most common techniques in chiropractic: diversified technique. It's a catch all term for the traditional, hands on, high velocity, low amplitude thrust adjustment that may result in a cavitation or popping sound. I'm on the gentle end of the spectrum. It's not for everyone. Some people prefer a much more heavy handed approach. Finding the chiropractor who is right for you, is just like finding a massage therapist, physiotherapist, dentist or gym. The first choice won't always be the right one, but there is one that's right for you.

In addition to diversified technique, I also use TRT (torque release technique) which is instrument based (sometimes referred to as "the clicker"), flexion / distraction, generalized joint mobilization, soft tissue release and drop pieces. Like most therapists who have taken a lot of continuing education, I use my favorite pieces from my learning and have put them together to make them my own.

For children, ages 0- to about 12 or 13, my technique is different. It's called sustained vibratory impulse (SVI). I find the subluxations or areas of dysfunction and hold and vibrate it until it releases, the child calms down or indicates they are done. No big or quick movements. If you're not paying attention, you might not even notice I'm doing anything.

Interested? Give it a try! Don't like it? Try another! I truly believe there is a chiropractor out there for everyone.

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