One of the first procedures any chiropractor learns in school – and one of the practices he or she continues to perfect throughout his or her career – is the art of manual detection, also known as palpation. Just as the name suggests, manual detection is the practice of using the hands to examine the patient’s spine by touch. While a chiropractor has other tools to determine how and where to manipulate a patient’s spine in order to relieve pressure, pain, tightness, or other symptoms, manual detection is one of the most important diagnostic techniques at a chiropractor’s disposal.
Types of Manual Detection
There are two types of manual detection a chiropractor relies on to diagnose spinal conditions and determine a method to relieve back pain, neck pain, or other problems. They are:
- Static palpation – Involves manual detection in the tissue surrounding the spine, searching for tenderness, pain, or tightness.
- Motion palpation – Involves examining the individual spinal joints (such as the facet joints), searching for a lack of proper range of motion.
Through the use of manual detection, your chiropractor may be able to diagnose and address the root cause of your lower back pain or neck pain. However, if chiropractic techniques or other conservative treatments have failed to reduce your pain – whether it’s caused by bone spurs, a herniated disc, facet disease, or any of a variety of degenerative spine conditions – contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our innovative, safe outpatient procedures may be able to help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain.