Adjustments:Diversified: This is the standard adjusting technique taught in chiropractic colleges. Adjustments are made primarily with the doctor’s hands applying a quick but shallow pressure from the back through the front of a joint. Neck adjustments are typically made with the neck rotated. Torso adjustments are typically made with the client lying on their stomach. Low back/pelvic adjustments are typically made with the person lying on their side.
Anterior Adjustment: This is a modified torso adjustment made with the client lying on their back cradled in the doctor’s arms. This is usually more comfortable than the diversified approach and allows the patients body weight to assist in the adjustment. Clients refer to this as the “magic hug”.
Activator: This is also known as the spring loaded adjusting instrument. This is a very low force adjusting tool that adjusts one click at a time and allows for specific accuracy. An adjustment can be made to any part of the body with this tool with out the famous “popping” noise that tends to scare most people. Clients “love” being adjusted with this tool, especially in the neck region.
Thompson Drop: This technique uses a drop away portion of the table and uses your body weight to help make the adjustment. Typically this is a more comfortable adjusting technique.
Pneumatic Adjustor: This is an electronic low force tool similar to the activator, but has an adjustable speed. The speed component allows the incorporation of breathing strategies to accompany the adjustment.
Low Force adjusting: This technique is applied with the doctor’s hands in a low force- prolonged manner typically incorporating breathing strategies.
Cranial-Sacral: No-Low force cranial adjusting with the sacrum placed in a position of zero torsion. The head is like a three dimensional jig saw puzzle with multiple interlocking joints. Cranial-sacral work often takes 30 minutes or more even though the work focuses on the head and pelvis.
TMJ: Very similar technique to cranial-sacral with muscle work added in to the mix.
PAK: A result oriented combination of diagnostic and adjusting techniques combined with 2-4 muscle techniques.
Muscle Techniques:Pressure Point Therapy: A deep tissue technique utilizing prolonged pressure on specific muscle and meridian points.
Origin-Insertion: A deep tissue technique applied to the tendons of the muscle.
Percussor: An electronic hand help massage like devise that applies a specific shockwave into the muscle and weakens scar tissue.
Fascial stripping: A slightly aggressive superficial muscle technique that breaks down scar tissue.
Neuro-Lymphatic: A low force muscle technique that promotes location specific lymph drainage. Used balance muscle tone.
Neuro-Vascular: A non force cranial technique that resets vascular tone in specific areas of the body. Used to balance muscle tone.
Active Release: Pressure point therapy combined with active range of motion. Helps stretch fascia adhesions and improve range of motion.
Strain-counter strain: A low force muscle technique that combine pressure point with shortening the length of a muscle. Helps improve range of motion with the least amount of discomfort.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular facilitation: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted.
PNF stretching was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation, and to that effect it is very effective. It is also excellent for targeting specific muscle groups, and as well as increasing flexibility, it also improves muscular strength.
Neurologic/Energy Techniques:Cold Laser: Improves range of motion and decreases pain by interrupting the polarized bond at the muscle cell thus shutting of the physiological signal that creates muscle contractions.
Meridian Therapy: Originated in a form of Chinese medicine known as acupuncture, meridian therapy focuses on a bio-energy-circulation system with in the body. The bio- energy flows along 14 main meridians, or channels. Two run along the torso, with 12 running symmetrical on each side of the body, each being related to a specific organ. Many points are distributed along the meridians. These points act as transformer stations through which bio-energy flows with in the muscle fascia.
In disease, imbalances develop in these energy flows, causing some of the transformer points to become irritated or congested. This results in pain or weakness in the surrounding muscles. Stimulating these points with a special laser helps to normalize impaired conditions.