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Techniques

Below are the techniques and therapies that I use in my office.

  1. Activator
  2. Cox
  3. Diversified
  4. Extremety Adjusting
  5. Gonstead
  6. Pierce
  7. Thompson
  8. Trigger Point Work
  9. Sacral Occipital Technique
  10. Cryo & Heat Therapy
  11. Custom Foot Orthotics
  12. Intersegmental Traction
  13. Muscle Stimulation
  14. Nutrition
  15. Therapeutic Exercises
  16. Ultrasound

Activator

This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based manipulation/adjustment protocol. Instead of the manipulating/adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. Activator can be used as a primary treatment protocol for all patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation/adjustment or where manual manipulation/adjustment may be contraindicated. (top)

Cox Flexion/Distraction

This is a specific chiropractic technique that uses mechanical and hands-on manipulation/ adjustment utilizing a special table where the spine is tractioned and flexed forward. This technique is primarily utilized to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniations and to increase mobility of spinal joints. (top)

Diversified Technique

This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/ adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught at chiropractic schools. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body. (top)

Extremity Manipulating/Adjusting

This is the application of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment to joints other than those of the spine, i.e., shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand/finger, hip, knee, ankle/foot/toe. Examples of conditions treated by extremity manipulation/ adjustment: carpal tunnel syndrome, gait, or posture-related problems. (top)

Gonstead Technique

This is a specific chiropractic technique and is a variation of the Diversified technique that utilizes manipulation/adjustment by hand that usually results in joint cavitation. X-ray analysis, palpation, and temperature gradient studies may be used in clinical decision-making. (top)

Pierce-Stillwagon

This is a specific chiropractic technique that uses side- posture manipulation/adjustment in the low back and prone manipulation/ adjustment in the cervical spine. X-ray analysis is commonly used for making clinical decisions on which spinal level(s) to manipulate/adjust. (top)

Thompson Technique

This is a specific chiropractic method and is a variation of the Diversified technique that uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments can be cocked up a fraction of an inch, so when the thrust is delivered, the table will drop this fraction of an inch. The drop pieces assist the thrust while minimizing the force used for the manipulation/ adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur. (top)

Trigger Point Work

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is not just the treatment of trigger points that develop in skeletal muscles, but the examination of the factors that cause the condition (precipitating factors) as well as the factors that keep pain and dysfunction ongoing (perpetuating factors). (top)

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

This is a specific chiropractic technique that uses triangular-shaped blocks usually placed under the pelvis of the prone patient to treat problems identified in the low back. Low force, slow pressure types of manipulations/adjustments may be used to address joint problems identified in the skull. SOT may be used as an exclusive treatment technique or as an adjunct method of patient management. (top)

Cryo and Heat Therapy

Ice and heat have long been used to treat many painful conditions. Ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and help control pain immediately after an injury. Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles and increase circulation and can provide relief to patients with chronic pain. Depending on the patient’s condition, a combination of ice and heat can be used. (top)

Custom Foot Orthotics

Custom foot orthotics are shoe inserts that support all three arches in your feet thereby creating a stable foundation upon which to build proper body posture. We have a saying that our Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers are “Made for the feet, but designed for the body.” Custom-made orthotics, made by Foot Levelers, are individualized to stabilize your spine and pelvis by correcting imbalances in your feet- the foundation of your skeletal system. These imbalances may occur even if you’re not experiencing foot pain. Though they may go unnoticed, these imbalances contribute to postural misalignments, pain in areas throughout your body and fatigue. (top)

Intersegmental Traction

In chiropractic traction-massage, the patient lies face up with a pillow under the knees. A system of rollers then moves up and down the spine, gently stretching and massaging the muscles of the back. Traction-massage usually is performed just before an adjustment to relax the spine, making the adjustment easier to perform, more comfortable, and more beneficial. (top)

Muscle Stimulation

This type of therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin. There are many different types of electrical stimulation. Some are more beneficial for pain relief or to reduce inflammation, some for muscle spasm, and some actually cause muscles to contract in order to reduce muscle atrophy. Some have combination effects. (top)

Nutrition

Nutrition is without a doubt one of the most over-looked factors in one’s health.  It is a true rarity when one goes to a medical doctor, that the topic of nutrition is discussed.  Instead, a prescription is written and handed to the patient.  What’s sad about this scenario is the majority of health problems can be traced back to nutritional deficiencies.  Instead of “correcting the deficiency” with dietary changes and supplementation, the patient is given a drug to eliminate the symptom which allows the “cause” to progress unchecked. Nutritional deficiencies are unique to each individual.  The “typical” American Diet predisposes us to nutritional deficiencies.  The majority of foods people consume on a daily basis have been devitalized. An example of this would be processed foods. Even produce that has not been organically grown is devitalized.  Finding your deficiencies… My nutritional examination is centered on the patient filling out a Symptom Survey Questionnaire. The purpose of the Symptom Survey is to allow the patient to voice the perception of his/her symptoms.  Only through the quantity of questions in the Symptom Survey and the patients rating of these symptoms can the practitioner find the root cause.  This information is then entered into the Nutritec Evaluation Software Program which compiles seven different levels of relationships and then creates a report that gives a complete picture of the patient’s body chemistry and then suggests what dietary changes and Whole Food Supplements would be necessary to balance the patient’s chemistry. (top)

Therapeutic Exercise

Chiropractors commonly prescribe specific strengthening exercises for their patients with back, neck, and extremity problems. These exercises can decrease pain, prevent muscle deterioration, promote joint health, increase strength, stability and range of motion, and protect against new or recurring injuries. Studies show that individuals who follow their exercise instructions heal faster than those who do not. (top)

Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissues and joints, the sound waves are a form of micro-massage that help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms. (top)