At Carolina Chiropractic of Southern Pines, NC we utilize a variety of adjusting techniques to best fit the patient’s needs.

The most common chiropractic adjusting technique utilized is Diversified Technique (what some people call full spine or hands on) and this is a technique that most patients want or think of when thinking about chiropractic.  Other techniques can be utilized by Dr. Petty and he is proficient in the following but not limited to:
Webster’s Technique which is a specifically designed adjusting technique to be utilized during pregnancy, and is useful in decreasing the patient’s discomfort and can turn most breech babies.  It has about a 90% success rate, according to the Medical Journals.
We also use Activator Technique for a soft or gentle touch. SOT Blocking is another soft or gentle adjusting technique.  These are great techniques when the patient is either in extreme pain and can hardly be touched, if the patient doesn’t want to hear any “cracking”, or for some specific conditions.
Another common chiropractic adjusting technique Dr. Petty utilizes in his office is Thompson Drop Technique.
Dr Petty can also adjust a variety of extremities for things like shoulder, knee, wrist, elbow, and hip pain.

Chiropractic Therapy Can Also Be Called Physiotherpy

To complement and enhance the healing effects of Chiropractic treatment, we offer the following types of Physiotherapy but not limited to:

  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation
  • Mechanical Traction
  • Therapeutic Exercise  (Wobble Chair/Board, Nexus System, Tri-Flex and More)
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Neuromuscluar Reeducation
  • Home Exercises
  • Rehabiliation
  • Ice/Heat Therapy
  • A.R.T. (Active Release Technique)

Chiropractic vs Physical Therapy

One very common question is what is the difference between Chiropractic and Physical Therapy?
The answer is fairly simple.  Chiropractors treat you to decrease your pain levels first and then rehabilitate you.  Physical Therapy treats you with rehabilitation exercises to decrease your pain.  This is an oversimplification and can be explained in more detail.

The truth is Dr. Petty refers to Physical Therapists all the time and Physical Therapists refer to him as well.
Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can work simultaneously and together produce a greater result for the patient.
Another main difference between Chiropractors and Physical Therapy is that Chiropractors learn how to Diagnose, read X-rays, and read MRI’s.
Chiropractors don’t need referrals from a Medical Doctor. With Physical Therapist it depends on your insurance and the Physical Therapist whether or not you need a referral.
Chiropractors do physiotherapy as a part of treatment plans or rehabilitation.  Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy can be synonymous in most cases.
A great way to know what is the best treatment option for you is to setup a no-charge consultation to speak to Dr. Petty and find out what fits your needs best.
They are both considered physical medicine.
Here is a little side note to clear some things up that are mis-information out on the internet: Chiropractors and Physical Therapists are both doctorate programs, both require you to have an undergraduate degree, and both do residencies (about 6 months each).  Another side note is chiropractors are trained to diagnose conditions, which is why they are considered both a primary care physician as well as a specialist.