Manual medicine is a large term that includes chirotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy, among others. What they all have in common is the use of manual palpation as a diagnostic but also therapeutic tool to improve the health of the patient. However, they have a different idea of how this should optimally be done. At impulse health management, techniques are used to structurally improve the spine, which improves physiological function which achieves an improvement in physiology. In the USA, this is practiced in only a few centers; in Germany, this type of medicine is basically unknown.
Is “adjusting” dangerous? This question always moves the minds, but it is easy to answer. Dislocated vertebrae are a serious injury such as can occur after car accidents with rollover trauma or falls from great heights. Blocked subluxations are therefore not dislocated. Subluxations are a result of a muscular reflex that protects the segment from moving in a certain direction. To adjust the segment is only to remove this protective reflex and thus, to remove pressure from the segment. Similar to opening a champagne bottle, there is a sudden drop in pressure in the joint, and this can cause a “pop.” This means that there is less tension on the vertebral segment and thus on the intervertebral discs and nerve roots. Of course, as with any treatment on humans, care must be taken while adjusting. Particularly in the cervical spine, the vessels that supply the brain must be protected. Injuries during chirotherapeutic/chiropractic manipulations are very rare and, when they happen, are often considered a minor cause of a pre-existing problem in the patient. At “impulse health management” this is explained at the beginning of the treatment. If you have any questions or if you are afraid of the treatment, just bring it up beforehand.