Chiropractic is a diverse and varied form of health care. We see patients from all different walks of life and as a result we have many different techniques we use in order to serve all our patients in the best manner possible.

These are the most common forms of adjusting styles that e use in our office. We have been trained in many different techniques but we find these the most effective.

Diversified technique is the most commonly used type of chiropractic adjusting. Basically it takes the best parts of other techniques and blends them together to make its own technique.

Its basically a hodgpodge of many different techniques.

Diversified is the technique that generally results in the popping sound as the chiropractor makes a manual adjustment to correct misaligned or subluxated spinal segments of the neck or back, and is one of the most widely used forms of manipulation in the chiropractic field.

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 and other injuries.

Diversified adjusting of the spine uses specific lines of drives for all manual thrusts, allowing for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine. X-rays and case histories are used in analysis and diagnosis. No instruments are used in the adjusting procedure. Motion palpatation and full spine, hands-on techniques are used to deliver a deeper thrust, which makes an osseous (popping) sound as the adjustment is given.

Diversified adjustive procedures consist of high velocity, low amplitude thrusts 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.

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. It is commonly used for elderly patients or those suffering from osteopenia and osteoporosis. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns.

Incorporating the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations, this unique system of administering spinal adjustments using research-based analysis and the Activator Adjusting Instrument can help restore spinal balance safely and comfortably.

Because of its effectiveness and gentle nature, the Activator Method has grown to become the world’s most widely-used instrument chiropractic technique.

The Activator method is generally used for patients that for some reason or another do not like the popping sound with the diversified technique or for patients that are too elderly or have osteoporosis to do a regular adjustment on. The activator itself is a small adjusting tool that almost works like a miniature jack hammer or pogo stick to gently push the misaligned bones back into place. There is absolutely no pain or soreness with this type of technique.

The only draw back to using this technique is that since it is so gentle it often takes longer to see results since it is not as aggressive as the diversified technique.

Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) is a comprehensive and advanced concept of Chiropractic pioneered and developed through study, research and clinical application by Dr. M. B. DeJarnette. For more than half a century Dr. DeJarnette researched and studied every aspect of physiology and anatomy and clinically found that human structural distortion falls into three basic groups. He labeled these groups as Categories 1, 2 and 3.

S.O.T. gets its name because it recognizes - and uses - the relationship between the Sacrum (base of the spine) and the Occiput (base of the skull) as the key to proper body function.

Your S.O.T. practitioner is trained to detect different categories (1, 2, 3) which are a compensation of the body to stress. These stressors may be physical, chemical or emotional. The compensations - or subluxations - produced interfere with the central nervous system and lead to a compromise in the full expression of your health potential.

Resulting distortion of the spinal and cranial system and imbalance in the flow of cerebro-spinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord can lead to increased toxicity, lack of nutrition and loss of nerve function around the whole body.

Typically an S.O.T. doctor of chiropractic uses a simple and restful method of adjusting your spine, pelvis and cranium - thus the central nervous system.

S.O.T. is not a therapy that treats named diseases. It is a system of removing the cause of nerve malfunction using minimum force to restore and maintain health.

S.O.T. employs the use of wedge shaped blocks to allow the body to seek its correct alignment and balance. There are many combinations of block positions used, and these are determined by tests that precede each adjustment. S.O.T. recognizes the importance of body language in the form of neurological tests, weak muscles, tender areas and other signs and indicators, to determine the type adjustment needed.

This is often on of the responses we get when we tell people that one of the adjusting techniques we use is called drop table.

They often think of a table dropping out of the sky. At least I do.

Here is what an actual drop table looks like that is used for this technique of chiropractic adjusting.

Basically here is how it works. The table has different sections that get raised up about 1 or 2 inches in relation to the rest of the body. The part of the drop table that gets used will usually correspond to the area of the spine that need to be adjusted (although this is not always the case). After a section of the table is raised slightly it is locked in place and the tension of the table is adjusted based on the patients body weight. When extra pressure is applied to the table (or body part on the table), the table will release thus dropping down, making that part of the body fall as well. When the drop table section stops the momentum of the body will continue on a little bit. it is this momentum of the body that is actually used to perform the drop table adjustment.

Sounds complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple. Once you see the table it is much easier to picture.

Drop table is commonly used for l
ower back problems, such as sciatica, lumbar plexus disorder, disc injuries and herniation, as well as many other problems of the lower back. The drop table can also be used for adjusting the mid back and neck. The occasions that our office would use the drop table include those case such as the ones mentioned above but that also have some other complicating factor such as: osteoporosis, an acute injury of the lower back, muscle spams, elderly patients, or sometimes someone just doesn’t like the popping sound that is often present with a diversified or gonstead adjustment.