The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
The diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint. These techniques attempt to use the normal biomechanics of the spine and extremities in order to create motion in spinal or extremity joints, with the goal of restoring function and structure to the joint. These quick, shallow thrusts may cause a popping noise often associated with the release of nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide gas within the joint. Chiropractic doctors use only their hands to palpate specific subluxations or joint restrictions and administer precise adjustments to joints that are subluxated (fixed or hypo-mobile). By correcting these subluxations, a chiropractic physician can have a positive effect on the muscular, nervous, and immune systems. The focus is on restoration of normal biomechanical function and correction of subluxations. In addition, diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports injuries as well as numerous others.
Chiropractic uses the Activator Adjusting Instrument to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments. Over 31,000 doctors have been trained in Activator Methods, making it the most widely used technique worldwide. Click here to learn more about the official Activator Methods website.
Clarence S. Gonstead became a chiropractor in 1923 following a personal experience with chiropractic that had helped his body heal from a painful, crippling episode of rheumatoid arthritis. With a background in mechanical engineering, he would come to apply the principles of this discipline to the evaluation of the spine. Based on his studies, he developed the “foundation principle” to explain how a fixation in one area of the spine created compensatory bio-mechanical changes and symptoms in another. He was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession, developing equipment and a method of analysis that used more than one criteria to verify the precise location of vertebral subluxation (A subluxation is a spinal bone that is fixated or “stuck” resulting in nerve pressure and interfering with the innate ability of the body to maintain health). One hallmark of the Gonstead Technique is adjustment of the neck with a very specific maneuver that is completed with the patient seated. The neck is adjusted in this manner to eliminate the twisting or rotation aspect of the adjusting procedure.
The Thompson Technique focuses on manipulating the leg joints for the correction of misalignments in the lower back area, around the pelvis and the spine. In use for several decades, the Thompson Technique has demonstrated great success, particularly in resolving issues associated with back pain. The effectiveness of this technique is due to the precise nature of its adjustments for spinal and postural problems. Click here to learn more about the Thompson Chiropractic Technique.
Dr. D. D. Palmer was the founder of chiropractic. With his son, Dr. B.J. Palmer, often referred to as the developer of chiropractic for his life long research in the field, started the first chiropractic college in the world, Palmer School of Chiropractic later to be called Palmer College of Chiropractic (PCC). Palmer College, the fountainhead of chiropractic, continues to lead the profession in excellence. Click here to learn more about the PCC website.