What is Gentle Chiropractic?

Gentle Chiropractic is a modern form of chiropractic care.

The word ‘chiropractic’ comes from the Greek words cheir (meaning ‘hand’) and praktos (meaning ‘done’), i.e. Done by Hand. The name was chosen by the developer of chiropractic, Daniel David  (D.D.) Palmer (1845-1913). Most sources date the birth of chiropractic care as September 18, 1895, when D.D. Palmer  performed the first manual adjustment on a deaf janitor in Davenport, Iowa. The janitor had become deaf 17 years prior after he felt something “give” in his back.  After the adjustment, the janitor’s hearing improved, leading to a new form of health care.

Modern chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal system and it’s connection to the nervous system. The musculoskeletal system is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together.

Chiropractors are a primary care doctors who specialize in spinal health and well-being. Chiropractors are health care professionals trained to restore joint function and support the nervous system. They treat patients without  drugs or surgery. It’s estimated  that 50 million Americans see a chiropractor each year.

There’s no shortage of YouTube videos featuring dramatic and sometime violent chiropractic adjustments being performed.  Gentle Chiropractic is dramatically different.  You won’t find many YouTube videos documenting this  subtle, gentle style of manipulation because its not very dramatic.

Gentle chiropractic uses minimal targeted force to restore or to enhance joint function. Patients are often positioned differently and different chiropractic techniques and tools are used. There is no sudden twisting and therefore, less discomfort with this procedure.

Gentle chiropractic manipulations can be performed on any joint in the body.

Gentle chiropractic techniques typically do not involve rapid (high-velocity) rotation or side bending of the head and neck but rather a smooth, slow stretch (low-velocity, low amplitude).

Gentle chiropractic is preferred for patients with sensitive nervous systems.  Gentle chiropractic techniques can help  keep the body from overreacting and causing reactive muscle spasms.

Gentle chiropractic care can provide pain relief for patients with advanced osteoporosis, bone pathology, some forms of deformity, and certain types of inflammatory arthritis.