Techniques

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

Diversified

After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints. 

At Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.”

First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

Activator Methods®

This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust. 

We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.

Description: Activator Instrument

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

The Adjusting Instrument

The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.

Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.

Thompson

Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine. 

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

Early chiropractors noticed that subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths, while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

Description: Thompson Table

After gently lowering you to a prone position, individual drop pieces give way, reducing the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Cox Flexion and Distraction

Dr. Thompson developed this technique in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and patient results, it is a technique used around the world.

The goals of Cox Technic protocols are attainable with the right understanding and cooperation between patient and doctor and time. It takes time to heal a disc and time to recover from spine involved injuries. The pain from an inflamed disc may go away in a day or two, but it takes time to let that disc heal sufficiently to withstand all the normal pressure of day-to-day living.

Disc Related Pain Conditions

For patients with a "slipped/bulging/ruptured/herniated" disc, Cox® Technic sets the following goals:


 

Description: pain

Description: no pain

1. increases the intervertebral disc height (B) to remove anular tension on the anular fibers and nerve (D) by making more room and improving circulation;

2. allows the nucleus pulposus (A) -- the center of the disc -- to assume its central position within the anular fibers (E) and relieves irritation of the spinal nerve (D);

3. restores vertebral joints (C) to their physiological relationships of motion;

4. improves posture and locomotion while relieving pain, improving body functions, and creating a state of well-being.

Rehabilitation

In our office we work with high school to professional athletes helping them through an injury or helping them prevent an injury. We are able to help our athletes compete at their highest level.

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let Dr. Michael J. Reed know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.