How To Do Chiropractic Adjustments: The Fundamentals
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How To Do Chiropractic Adjustments: The Fundamentals

Learn How to Adjust the Spine With Accuracy and Effectiveness
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Created by Dan Perez, DC
Last updated 7/2016
English
Price: $95
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Understand chiropractic theory and how chiropractic is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions and improve health.
Evaluate the spine and identify problem areas: what to test, how to test and what to look for.
Prescribe and explain the nature of a chiropractic treatment plan to a patient.
Develop the biomechanics of adjusting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine.
Effectively communicate chiropractic to a new patient in a way that brings clarity to the patient and increase treatment compliance and outcomes.
Know the only two practice development resources I recommend.
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Requirements
  • You will need a firm chiropractic bench. Do not try these adjustments on anything else.
  • A comfortable, quiet room with no distractions is needed to practice the adjustments.
  • It is recommended that you obtain the assistance of an experienced chiropractor when learning how to adjust; you can cause injury to someone if you do these adjustments wrong.
Description

Are you interested in learning chiropractic?   Then this course is for you!  

After completing it, you will understand the theory behind chiropractic; how to assess the spinal column to determine what bones to adjust; how to formulate a typical chiropractic treatment plan; how to adjust the neck, mid back and lower back; and tips for managing a new patient. 

This course is designed for chiropractic students, new and experienced chiropractors and those who are considering a chiropractic career.   Manual therapy and fitness specialists like physical therapists, kinesiologists, physiatrists, massage therapists and athletic trainers who are interested in chiropractic can especially benefit from this course since they already are familiar with treating/ improving the human body with their hands.

This course is laid out in a procedure-progressive sequence:

Introduction

This video summarizes the entire course.  In it, I explain that while the course obviously does not intend to replace formal chiropractic education, it condenses the practice of chiropractic-- its core elements-- to provide a clear picture of the profession to those who are interested in pursuing a career in chiropractic; or incorporating chiropractic treatment into their practice or services.  

The course touches on chiropractic theory, exam techniques, adjusting (spinal manipulation) techniques and the basics of new patient handling-- all the things a chiropractor deals with every day in practice.

Section 1, Principles of Chiropractic 

This video explains chiropractic theory; i.e. its unique approach to healthcare.  After completing it, you will understand the rationale behind chiropractic adjustments: why chiropractors do adjustments to the spine; what happens when you correct an abnormally aligned vertebral segment; and the resulting health benefits.

The video is highly visual and makes the concepts easy to grasp.  When you understand them, it will benefit your clinical skills: you will diagnose conditions better; be better able to "connect the dots" in all your cases; be a better adjuster; and devise and prescribe better treatment plans.

Section 2, Spinal Evaluation

Posture:  In this video I teach you how to develop a "chiropractic eye" for subtle, postural deviations.   A person's posture outwardly reveals his spine's alignment inside, so it is naturally the first thing a chiropractor should check on a patient.  After completing this lecture, you will be able to determine which areas of a person's spine are out of alignment with just a brief check of his posture. 

Static Palpation:  Palpation is the diagnostic skill of assessing the body through touch.  With reference to chiropractic, static palpation means feeling for abnormal joint movement while the patient's spine is in a static, neutral position.  This information is correlated with the patient's symptoms and complaints, and other tests to narrow down the problem area.

Static palpation is used to locate body landmarks to precisely locate individual vertebra for adjusting; feel for areas of edema and heat; feel for tenderness; assess muscle tone, and other abnormalities that can be detected by touch.  It is the second procedure done in a typical chiropractic spinal exam (posture, static palpation, motion palpation).

Motion palpation is an evaluation technique that involves palpating spinal joints while they are in motion (rotation, flexion, extension, or side bending) to assess for any movement restrictions in any plane, which would indicate vertebral misalignment and/or fixation.  It is the third procedure done in a typical chiropractic spinal exam (posture, static palpation, motion palpation).

Orthopedic and Neurological Testing:  In this video I explain how to do several standard orthopedic & neurological tests.  Chiropractors use orthopedic and nerve testing to further narrow down the location, nature and extent of the patient's condition.

Section 3, Treatment Fundamentals  

Once you know how to identify a spinal problem, the next important decision is what to recommend to the patient -- how many treatments to prescribe; what modalities are appropriate; and how long before improvement is expected.  

I explain the logic behind a typical chiropractic treatment plan (prescription) so that you can explain it with confidence to a patient, and increase compliance.

Section 4, Six Important Skills of Adjusting

Before you start adjusting patients, you must understand these six, important fundamentals.  Chiropractic adjusting is a unique combination of fine motor dexterity and biomechanically-advantaged force generation.  When done right, it is actually comfortable; but when done wrong, it can be uncomfortable to the patient, and even painful.   

Doing adjustments wrong may also cause injury to you, the chiropractor, as well and shorten your career.  It is a very physical occupation that is tough on your back and joints.  Learn what to do with your body; and more importantly, what not to do when you are adjusting.

Section 5, Spinal Adjusting

In this section, I go to great lengths to explain the fine details of adjusting the spine so that students "get it." 

One cannot expect to learn how to adjust the spine simply by observing a chiropractic adjustment itself.  While it may look simple in casual observation, what you can't see are the force vectors the chiropractor uses-- the angles and amplitudes needed to move the vertebra, and the subtle things the chiropractor does to stabilize the spine before delivering the thrust.    

Therefore, to truly learn how to do an adjustment properly, the procedure needs to be dissected into its individual parts.  In all the videos, I point out the key steps of the technique at the precise moment they occur, freeze-framing the step and explaining how it is done, with screen annotations to make sure you understand.  Not knowing how to do just one of these things will render the adjustment ineffective!                                             

The three videos are:

How to Adjust the Cervical Spine (Neck):  I demonstrate how to adjust an occiput fixation, a C-1 fixation, and a C4 fixation.  

How to Adjust the Thoracic Spine: I demonstrate how to adjust a thoracic segment using three, different techniques.

How to Adjust the Lumbar Spine:  I demonstrate how to adjust the lower and upper lumbar segments using two, different techniques.

Section 6, Tips for Managing a New Patient  

Most practice consultants will tell you that patient communication--what to say and what not to say; how you say it and when you say it-- are absolutely critical to the success of a chiropractic practice.  

In this video, I will explain the proper mindset needed when communicating with a new patient.  You want your patient to feel confident in you so that she will comply with treatment, get the best results and refer her friends to your office.  The way to accomplish this is through effective communication.  Many chiropractors mess this opportunity up by saying the wrong things and scaring the patient away; never to return, never to refer.  I'll reveal the items you must address and the things you should leave out in order to get the best results-- clinically and for business.

Section 7, Chiropractic Resources:  I have provided key resources to get you started in your practice.  I also reveal two individuals who I believe are the best in the business for helping chiropractors get their practices going.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is considering a career in chiropractic; chiropractic students and chiropractors; healthcare specialists in physical medicine who wish to learn chiropractic techniques.
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Principles of Chiropractic
2 Lectures 09:00

This video summarizes the entire course.  In it, I explain that while the course obviously does not intend to replace formal chiropractic education, it condenses the practice of chiropractic-- its core elements-- to provide a clear picture of the profession to those who are interested in pursuing a career in chiropractic; or incorporating chiropractic treatment into their practice or services.

The course touches on chiropractic theory, exam techniques, adjusting (spinal manipulation) techniques and the basics of new patient handling-- all the things a chiropractor deals with every day in practice.

Preview 03:05

This video explains chiropractic theory; i.e. its unique approach to healthcare.  After completing it, you will understand the rationale behind chiropractic adjustments: why chiropractors do adjustments to the spine; what happens when you correct an abnormally aligned vertebral segment; and the resulting health benefits.

The video is highly visual and makes the concepts easy to grasp.  When you understand them, it will benefit your clinical skills: you will diagnose conditions better; be better able to "connect the dots" in all your cases; be a better adjuster; and devise and prescribe better treatment plans.


Preview 05:55
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Spinal Evaluation
4 Lectures 21:17

In this video I teach you how to develop a "chiropractic eye" for subtle, postural deviations.  

A person's posture outwardly reveals his spine's alignment inside, so it is naturally the first thing a chiropractor should check on a patient.  After completing this section, you will be able to determine which areas of a person's spine are out of alignment with just a brief check of his posture. 

Preview 02:54

Palpation is the diagnostic skill of assessing the body through touch.  With reference to chiropractic, static palpation means feeling for abnormal joint movement while the patient's spine is in a static, neutral position.  This information is correlated with the patient's symptoms and complaints and other tests to narrow down the problem area.

Static palpation is used to locate body landmarks to precisely locate individual vertebra for adjusting; feel for areas of edema and heat; feel for tenderness; assess muscle tone, and other abnormalities that can be detected by touch.  It is the second procedure done in a typical chiropractic spinal exam (posture, static palpation, motion palpation).

Preview 02:48

Motion palpation is an evaluation technique that involves palpating spinal joints while they are in motion (rotation, flexion, extension, or side bending) to assess any movement restrictions in any plane, which suggest vertebral misalignment and/or fixation.  It is the third procedure done in a typical chiropractic spinal exam (posture, static palpation, motion palpation).

In this video, I demonstrate how to do it for the cervical (neck) spine, thoracic and lumbar spine.   It provides information that will help you decide what segment(s) to adjust, and how to adjust them.

Spinal Evaluation: Motion Palpation
07:11

In this video I explain how to do several standard orthopedic & neurological tests.  Chiropractors use orthopedic and nerve testing to narrow down the mechanical origin of the problem, and nature and extent of the condition.

Spinal Evaluation: Orthopedic and Neurological Exam
08:24
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Chiropractic Treatment Approach
1 Lecture 05:24

Once you know how to identify a spinal problem, the next important decision is what to recommend to the patient -- how many treatments to prescribe; what modalities are appropriate; and how long before improvement is expected.  

I explain the logic behind a typical chiropractic treatment plan (prescription) so that you can explain it with confidence to a patient, and increase compliance.

Chiropractic Treatment Basics
05:24
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The Six Important Skills Needed to Master Chiropractic Adjusting
1 Lecture 03:51

Before you start adjusting patients, you must understand these six, important fundamentals.  Chiropractic adjusting is a unique combination of fine motor dexterity and biomechanically-advantaged force generation.  When done right, it is actually comfortable; but when done wrong, it can be uncomfortable to the patient, and even painful.   

Doing adjustments wrong may also cause injury to you, the chiropractor, as well and shorten your career.  It's a very physical occupation that is tough on your back and joints.  Learn what to do with your body; and more importantly, what not to do when you adjust patients.

Six Skills for Effective Adjusting
03:51
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Chiropractic Adjusting Tutorial - Full Spine
3 Lectures 22:50

While a chiropractic adjustment may look simple in casual observation, what you can't see are the force vectors the chiropractor uses-- the angles and amplitudes needed to move the vertebra, and the subtle things the chiropractor does to stabilize the spine before delivering the thrust.  

In all the adjusting videos, I point out these critical steps at the precise moment they occur, freeze-framing the step and explaining how it is done, with screen annotations to make sure you understand.  Not knowing how to do just one of these things will render the adjustment ineffective!

In the Cervical Spine video, I demonstrate how to adjust an occiput fixation, a C-1 fixation, and a C4 fixation.  


How to Adjust the Cervical Spine
09:10

While a chiropractic adjustment may look simple in casual observation, what you can't see are the force vectors the chiropractor uses-- the angles and amplitudes needed to move the vertebra, and the subtle things the chiropractor does to stabilize the spine before delivering the thrust.  

In all the adjusting videos, I point out these critical steps at the precise moment they occur, freeze-framing the step and explaining how it is done, with screen annotations to make sure you understand.  Not knowing how to do just one of these things will render the adjustment ineffective!

In the Thoracic Spine video, I demonstrate how to adjust a thoracic segment using three, different techniques.

How to Adjust the Thoracic Spine
07:38

While a chiropractic adjustment may look simple in casual observation, what you can't see are the force vectors the chiropractor uses-- the angles and amplitudes needed to move the vertebra, and the subtle things the chiropractor does to stabilize the spine before delivering the thrust.  

In all the adjusting videos, I point out these critical steps at the precise moment they occur, freeze-framing the step and explaining how it is done, with screen annotations to make sure you understand.  Not knowing how to do just one of these things will render the adjustment ineffective!

In the Lumbar Spine video, I demonstrate how to adjust the lower and upper lumbar segments using two, different techniques.

How to Adjust the Lumbar Spine
06:02
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How to Manage a New Patient
1 Lecture 04:50

Most practice consultants will tell you that patient communication-- what to say and what not to say; how you say it and when you say it are critical to the success of a chiropractic practice.  

In this video, I will explain the proper mindset needed when communicating with a new patient.  You want your patient to feel confident in you so that she will comply with treatment, get the best results and refer her friends to your office.  The way to accomplish this is through effective communication.  Many chiropractors mess this opportunity up by saying the wrong things, thus scaring the patient away.  I'll reveal the items you must address, and the things you should leave out in order to get the best results-- clinically and for business.

How to Manage a New Patient
04:50
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Chiropractic Resources
1 Lecture 00:20
Chiropractic Resources
00:20
About the Instructor
Dan Perez, DC
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55 Students
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Doctor of Chiropractic

I am a chiropractor based in California, USA, with over 20 years experience in private practice.  I graduated Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College-West in Hayward California in 1995 and completed numerous continuing education courses in orthopedics, exercise science, injury rehabilitation, radiology/x-ray, extremity adjusting and full spine adjusting techniques.

Areas of expertise:

Diagnosis & Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Spinal Manipulation/ Adjustments
McKenzie Care (M.D.T.)-Lumbar Spine
Extremity Adjustments
Myofascial (Soft Tissue) Therapy
Home Exercise Prescription

I also author a blog, The Pain and Injury Doctor which addresses various types of musculoskeletal pain