Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatment covers a wide variety of services that allow patients to break free from pain and return to optimal performance.

A common misconception is that chiropractic care is only the spinal manipulation/adjustment, when in reality we focus on the treatment and recovery of musculoskeletal injuires using a wide variety of techniques.


At Iowa Spine and performance, we are trained in many different techniques to address a wide variety of injuries. This includes the chiropractic adjustment, soft tissue (muscle) work, and personalized rehab programs. We specialize in conservative teatment of all injuries. We provide a natural alternative recovery from your injuries that is centered around hands on care, movement, and exercise instead of medication or surgical interventions. 

The Chiropractic Adjustment or Manipulation

This is a gentle and specific treatment option performed manually by the providers at Iowa Spine and Performance in order to restore proper motion and function to the joint that has dysfunction.

This technique uses a gentle pressure or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion in a joint. Sometimes an adjustment will result in an audible popping noise, which results from the joint releasing nitrogen gas. 

Patients that we utilize the adjustment, on typically visit our chiropractic office with one or more of the following:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Auto Accident injuries
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Postural Pain 
  • Hip Pain
  • Ankle Pain

Many studies of the chiropractic adjustment have proven its effectiveness, safety, and high levels of patient satisfaction.

It is often deemed the gold standard for conservative treatment of low back pain, and many other studies have shown similar results when looking at neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and physical rehab.

How does a chiropractic adjustment help you?

The adjustment is typically the treatment you think of when considering chiropractic care. We are often asked how it helps the patient, how it is used, and is it right for everyone.

The adjustment is a tool that is used on the majority of patients that come to the office. An exam is performed first to find any joint dysfunction and rule out any contraindications to the adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is simple. Restore proper motion to an area that has been compromised. The doctor uses his hands and with put you thorugh a series of movements to determine areas of joint dysfunction. Joint dysfunction can occur form injury, muscular imbalances, postural abnormalities, or many other things.


When there is dysfunction in a joint/joint segment of the spine, it means that the joints are not moving the way they were designed to. You can think of it as the joint is restricted or stuck. The adjustment or manipulation to that area with dysfunction, reintroduces the proper motion and mechanics to that joint. This allows the proper biomechanics to return to the joint. 

When should you seek care from a chiropractor at Iowa Spine and Performance?

If you've been having pain of any kind, then we are a great place to begin your journey to recovery.

At Iowa Spine and Performance, you will receive a thorough exam to first determine the root cause of your pain. This in depth exam allows us to give to the most accurate diagnosis and establish a plan of care specifically for you. Many of our patients present with injuries from working out, participating in sports, the result of a car accident, or other less obvious resaons like postural adnormalities, stability issues, workplace ergonomics and others. 

We believe that every injury is unique, and everyone who recieves care at Iowa Spine and Performance is put on a personalized treatment plan specific for their recovery. The treatment plans take a multi-modal approach combininig a combination of the following tools: soft tissue treatment, specific functional rehab exercises related to your injury, and the chiropractic adjustment. 

What to expect at your first visit at Iowa Spine and Performance

If you have never been to a chiropractor before you may not know what to expect at your first visit.

Your first appointment will begin with an in depth look into your health history to determine a claer understanding of any medical events that could be contributing to your primary complaint or if there are any contraindications to care in our office.

We then take a deep dive into the history of your primary complaint that brought you into the office. This is the time where you provide us with any prior history of the injury, previous radiographs or other imaging. Once we have an understanding of the injury, we will establish some goals for your recovery. At Iowa Spine and Performance we not only want you to get out of pain, we want you to stay out of pain and achieve any goals you may have.

After completing your thorough history, we take you through a series of functional, neirological, and orthopedic tests to help us determine what combination of treatment options will get the best result for your individual case.

After the exam we will discuss your report of findings and diagnosis, and then explain/perform the treatment. Once we have concluded treatment we will discuss the projected timeline for recovery, your at home exercises, and when you should schedule your next appointment.

Our flexible appointment times are meant to accomodate your busy schedule. We typically encourage patients to schedule 2-3 appointments out to ensure you get the appointment times you need. 



Manipulation (chiropractic adjustment) This is a gentle and specific treatment option performed manually by the providers at Iowa Spine and Performance in order to restore proper motion to the joint