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Chiropractic Techniques

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One technique does not fit all, so our chiropractors are trained in various methods to accommodate your specific health requirements. For example, the same technique would not be used on a college athlete as an older woman with low bone density.

These manipulative techniques are all aimed to reduce pain, increase mobility, and facilitate healing.
Before you ever receive an adjustment, your chiropractor will conduct a physical examination and full health history. This helps assure that the selected technique offers only positive results.

If you have visited a chiropractor in the past and been adjusted in a particular way, you can request this method be used during your visit to our office.

Chiropractic Techniques

Spinal Adjustment

Spinal adjustment refers to the overall process of spinal adjustments and can be used as an umbrella term for our other techniques. It is when a practitioner uses their hands or a device to deliver a controlled thrust to a joint of your spine.

The effectiveness of spinal adjustment has made it a recommended treatment option by the American College of Physicians for acute/chronic low back pain (Source). Most spinal adjustments are done by chiropractors, but can also be offered by osteopathic physicians and physical therapists.

Extremity Adjustment

Extremity adjustment refers to the same actions as spinal adjustment when done to joints outside of the spine. It contributes to the restored mobility of joints in hips, arms, legs, etc.
Gonstead Technique

This hands-on technique is a recognizable form of spinal adjustment and is universally practiced by chiropractors. It was developed in 1923 by Clarence Selmer Gonstead and can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

Patients lay on their sides while the practitioner adjusts the lower back or pelvis with different amounts of pressure. This method can be used to realign joints, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility.

Activator Technique

This technique involves a handheld adjustive instrument to deliver a gentle pulse to areas of the spine, hips, or legs. It is a comfortable option for children, seniors, and patients with chronic conditions. The force feels like a soft thumping sensation.

This method can be applied to a variety of treatments for things like acute low back pain, migraine headaches, and arthritis.

Flexion-distraction or Decompression Manipulation

This method of choice for treating disk herniations, facet joint pain, scoliosis, and other conditions is used by a majority of chiropractic care centers. Also known as Cox Technic, it is done on a specially designed adjusting table that is segmented to remain stationary in one section and move in another.
Thompson (drop table) Technique

Also referred to as the Thompson terminal point technique, this evidence-based method is widely used by chiropractic clinics around the world. First, the chiropractor analyzes the length of the patient's legs and how that relates to the pelvis and spine. Then, they apply one or more thrusts of pressure to complete the adjustment.

The "drop table" refers to the specially-adapted table on which the patient lies during this adjustment. It utilizes padded platforms designed to drop or adjust a fraction of an inch when the chiropractor makes a thrust. This reduces the amount of power needed to be used by the practitioner, and it keeps the patient comfortable and secure in place.

This method can be used for adjustments to the spine and limbs.

Diversified Technique

This method is similar to the Gonstead technique and is also widely used. It uses a very precise, high-velocity, hands-on thrust to relieve pains. It helps restore proper movement and alignment to the spinal column.

This manual therapy helps release stuck joints with no side effects. It can be used to treat a range of health issues like neck pain, back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, arm pain, etc.

Active Release Technique

The chiropractor uses their hands to mobilize soft tissue after injury or trauma. This could be a pulled or strained muscle. It is used to reduce pain, increase function, and restore range of motion by treating the scar tissue and fascial restrictions.

Personalized care for your body

A doctor of chiropractic is committed to helping and not harming your body. This is why our office takes great care to gather a complete picture of your health and lifestyle before recommending treatment. If we feel your condition requires treatment from a specialist, we will refer you to the appropriate office.

Your health is important, and we select treatment methods and chiropractic techniques that facilitate your natural ability to heal. Whenever you are ready, you can schedule a consultation and see why so many people trust a chiropractor with their body.
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