Drs. Donald Harrison, Deanna Harrison and Daniel Murphy developed the technique, Chiropractic Biophysics, in 1980 with their contribution to the text, “Physics Applied to Biology in Chiropractic.” The field has advanced since the nearly 40 years it has been in existence. Chiropractic Biophysics is a rarely practiced technique due in large part to the heavy load of additional education and equipment required to implement the practice.
The goal of Chiropractic Biophysics is to promote long term relief for the patients undergoing this treatment. It has been said that “structure dictates function” and this fact is a foundational reason for the practice of Chiropractic Biophysics. Misalignment in the spine will result in poor nervous system function. Poor structure of the spine results in poor outcome of bodily function. The problem with issues that arise from spinal misalignments is that they do not become apparent until the disease progression has advanced into dangerous or irreversible states. The lack of pain does not necessarily mean good health. Spinal adjustments, particularly Chiropractic Biophysics, will ensure the spine is working at its optimal level.
This technique utilizes a unique therapy known as traction for spinal corrections. The purpose of traction is to allow for change in the ligaments of the spine. This is done through a sustained stretch of these joints while they are relaxed. The result is an improved posture. Traction in the field of chiropractic medicine may require bending and pulling to arrive at the desired spinal shape.
Individuals seeking long-term relief of chronic neck pain, low back pain, migraines, or general poor posture should consider Chiropractic Biophysics. Once the spine has been adequately adjusted using Chiropractic Biophysics the outcomes will include normal function of the spine and neck resulting in improved muscle strength and range of motion, normal front and side view posture, and normal spinal alignment from the front and side view.
A patient visiting a chiropractor for this adjustment technique should expect to have a full history and evaluation completed along with orthopedic, neurological, and spinal examinations. The spine will be examined for abnormal posture from the skull to the pelvis. Patients who are chosen to undergo this treatment are placed in either acute or corrective care categories. These categories determine the protocol of their care.