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:
After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion
or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal
Chiropractic & Sports Rehab, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to
analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history
and X-ray pictures of your spine.
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.
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
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.
improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually
all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
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.
the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right
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 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.
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
Dr. Thompson developed this technique in 1955. Since then,
because of its precision and patient results, it is a technique used around the
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
For patients with a "slipped/bulging/ruptured/herniated"
disc, Cox® Technic sets the following goals:
1. increases the intervertebral disc height (B) to remove
anular tension on the anular fibers and nerve (D) by making more room and
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.
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.