High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude (HVLA) technique is among the oldest and most frequently used chiropractic techniques. . This is the "popping and cracking" one commonly receives at a chiropractors office.
This practice is based on a philosophy that says the bones are out of place and if put back into place, symptoms will reduce. This is the 1/2 of Osteopathy in which a Chiro specializes in.
This works wonders for acute situations like whiplash. I often use HVLA in conjunction with MET's for a longer lasting treatment.
Muscle energy techniques
Muscle energy technique (or MET) is based on the principle of reciprocal inhibition, a theory that explains that muscles on one side of a joint will always relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied. MET is often applied to patients who suffer from muscle spasms.
This often consists of active resistance exercises where resistance is placed on the client by me while they move some part of their body in a specific and guided way. This is designed to stimulate and/or exhaust areas of somatic dysfunction.
Muscle Energy is very effective for facia issues but takes a long time and can't be relied on fully to organize the positioning of bones.
Dynamic Integration Therapy
Dynamic Integration Therapies are when I combine the use of both MET and HVLA. When combined these seemingly opposing schools of thought compliment each other synergistically to relieve pain and restore anatomical function of joints and fascia.
By combining these two systems Chronic problems, most of which include boney misalignments and muscle dysfunction are addressed from both sides instead of one resulting in a faster and longer lasting treatment.
When Dynamic Integration is combined with acupuncture We are using a 3 fold approach that provide incredible results in a short time.