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We use a number of highly-effective adjusting techniques
designed to improve spinal mobility and reduce nervous
system interference in your body.  The treatment techniques
we use to treat your spinal condition are always based upon
your present condition, body type and age.  We have years
of clinical expertise and offer patient care that is naturally
designed to be low-stress and naturally pain free.

The techniques used in our office are generally performed
with little, if any discomfort and are delivered with a
customized approach.  Our treatment plans are always
patient centered and may involve several different adjusting
techniques or rehab strategies designed to improve your
specific spinal health needs.  Below you will find the
techniques we most commonly employ to help our patients
achieve optimum spinal health.
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The Primary Adjusting Techniques We Use Include:
Diversified Technique
The diversified technique is the classic and most patient familiar chiropractic
technique. It primarily focuses on the restoration of spinal mobility,
biomechanical function, and correction and elimination of subluxation. This
technique is the most commonly employed of all chiropractic techniques. It
can be performed with the patient laying prone, supine and can even be used
while the patient is seated. It is defined as a high velocity low amplitude
thrusting method of spinal correction. Diversified spinal adjustments are
delivered using a specific line of drive for all manual thrusts which allow for a
correction of the mechanical distortions and imbalances of your spine.
Thompson Drop Technique
This technique was developed by Clay Thompson, D.C.  The Thompson
Technique was so effective when it was first used that Dr. Thompson
was granted a patent for the technique in 1955.  The technique is now
used worldwide and is often recommended by family chiropractic clinics
because it produces very precise adjustments for many spine and
posture related problems.  The technique is performed on a drop table,
and uses your own body weight to exert force on the table’s drop piece.
Varying amounts of pressure of the joints set the drop piece in motion,
Instruments are not used in the diversified adjusting procedure. Full spine
motion palpation evaluation is done by hand to determine the location of
vertebral subluxation.  Diversified adjustments are always delivered by hand
Logan Basic Technique
This technique was developed by Logan Chiropractic College founder
H.B. Logan. Logan Basic Chiropractic Technique treats the muscles
that control spinal balance in order to release this tension. The
technique is based on light, sustained force exerted against a specific
contact point on the sacrum at the base of the spine. Auxiliary contacts
at various points in the spine, or along specific muscles such as the
piriformis can also be used. The proper leverage, applied lightly at the
right spot, will cause the entire spine to move towards balance. This
method is similar in principle to that used to change a flat tire.
The table drop mechanism takes advantage of the spine's inherent design in order to move the spinal segment
in the direction that will improve the motion of the segment with the one above and below. Since the spinal joints
face front to back and have an incline that slopes more naturally backwards, we can affect increased motion by
applying an adjustment from posterior to anterior with an inferior to superior line of correction. Using this
anatomical knowledge allows the chiropractor to deliver a much smaller thrust that is very gentle on the patient.
All adjustments performed using this technique are manual adjustments. Leg length checks, palpation, X-rays
and other appropriate tests are used by the Thompson practitioner in determining where subluxation is present
and where to successfully make the adjustment.
Cox Flexion Distraction Technique
The Cox Flexion Distraction Technique, also known as the Cox
technique, is a non-surgical spinal adjustment technique that helps to
stop spinal pain by realigning and restoring proper motion of the spine.

This technique restores joint mobility and muscle integrity, allowing for
increased flexibility and postural improvements.  This technique is
typically performed on a special table that helps to gently separate the
thoracic, cervical and lumbar spinal joints. The unique table allows the
chiropractic doctor to decompress the spinal column and adjust poorly
functioning vertebrae.  It is most effective for reducing the effects of
degenerative disc diseases and lumbar, cervical and thoracic disc
herniation and offers several benefits for people who do not want to
undergo surgery to get rid of back pain.
Integral to use of Logan Basic Technique is the Logan System of Body Mechanics. Dr. Logan’s system of
calculating compensatory mechanisms, which occur as a result of postural distortions and correction of those
distortions, also serves as a foundation for overall understanding of spinal biomechanics that can be applied
using virtually any adjusting technique. Before treatment begins, the doctor analyzes the patient's spine while he
or she stands in front of a plumb line. Further examination may also be made with the patient lying face up and/or
face down on the table. Then, with the patient lying face down, the doctor places a very light pressure on a pre-
determined "leverage spot" on the sacral bone in the low back, employing the same principle described in the car
jack example earlier. This spot is held for until the tension is eliminated, while the doctor lightly rubs the back
muscles with his other hand. Basic Technique methods are safe for young and old alike. Be assured that Logan
Basic Chiropractic Technique is one of the gentlest chiropractic techniques ever used, and one of the most potent.
Gonstead Technique
Gonstead procedures are the result of extensive clinical research by Clarence
S. Gonstead founder of the world famous Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Doctor Gonstead’s fifty-five years of continuous
practice and over four million chiropractic adjustments resulted in the most
complete method of biomechanical analysis available for use by today’s
doctors of chiropractic. So why don’t all chiropractors use this technique?
Because the analysis takes more time and mastering the art of delivering a
specific adjustment takes a lot of dedication. The gonstead technique goes
above and beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment.
Cox technique is a researched, documented and proven technique that effectively decompresses irritated spinal
nerves and provides relief solutions for those suffering from low back pain. The Cox adjusting technique is
designed to realign the spine by applying pressure in key areas of the back. The chiropractor can effectively
decompress the discs by applying a gentle stretch to the lower spine along with a series of repetitive joint
movements and thrusts to reduce built up spinal pressure. The results of this technique vary significantly by
patient and condition, but are sometimes instantaneous. The Cox technique is a safe, nearly painless alternative
to back surgery, and is used commonly in patients who are suffering from failed back surgery syndrome, patients
trying to improve their post surgical rehabilitation recovery results and for many patients that want nothing to do
with surgery.
Activator Technique
Because of its effectiveness and gentle nature, the Activator Method has
grown to become the world’s most widely-used instrument chiropractic
technique.  Instead of manipulation/adjustment forces being delivered
by hand, force is generated with the small activator appliance that
delivers a lighter, but quicker thrust than can be delivered by hand.  The
activator is a spring-loaded adjusting instrument that delivers a force
ranging from nine to thirty three pounds per square inch in a specific
line of drive.  Before an adjustment is administered, leg length checks
and isolation tests of joint motion are performed to identify joints to be
adjusted.  These tests are conducted again post adjustment to ensure
the adjustments effectiveness.  Restoring spinal balance safely and
successfully has been the driving force behind the activator method
chiropractic technique.
It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any
interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation. Great care is taken to ensure a mechanically
correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. This
technique includes a thorough analysis of your spine and uses five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral
subluxation complex. The five different elements used to determine how and when the chiropractic adjustment is
performed are visualization, instrumentation, static palpation, motion palpation, and x-ray analysis. All of these
variables assist the chiropractor in the quest to find and correct the specific cause of your problem. The Gonstead
system utilizes a full-spine approach to spinal health with emphasis on the subluxation/compensation paradigm.
Extremity Adjusting Techniques
The unique benefits of the chiropractic adjustment extend beyond the
spine, and can be used to address extremity issues as well. When we
refer to an extremity we are talking about all of the joints of the body that
are outside the spinal joints.  These joints include the shoulder, elbow,
wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot as well as the ribs. The arms, legs,
hands and feet contain literally hundreds of skeletal joints. These joints
benefit tremendously from chiropractic realignment and proper
rehabilitation.  Patients are often surprised to learn that many of their
arm and legconditions are a result of dysfunction or misalignment in the
joints of their arms and legs. Shoulder problems, wrist pain, chronic
ankle sprains, and tennis elbow are some of the most common
Myofascial Release Technique
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that
involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial
connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore functional
motion. The use of technique allows us to look at each patient as a
unique individual. We promote independence through education in
proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction,
enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and
movement awareness.
As the name implies, the diversified technique can be used to treat all of the joints in the body. The diversified
chiropractic adjusting technique produces such good results that most chiropractors in the world incorporate
some diversified adjusting protocols in their professional practice. The diversified approach is the gold standard
for specificity and safety in chiropractic. Only the problem areas are adjusted. These adjustments are precise,
effective, gentle and painless.
Diversified Technique
Thompson Drop Technique
which in turn affects the muscles, tissues and joints.  The doctor thrusts at high speed, using minimal force,
while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.
Logan  Basic Technique
The proper leverage of a car jack will allow a comparatively small person to elevate a heavy car right off the
ground. Basic Technique essentially uses the muscular structure surrounding the sacrum as a lever system for
balancing the entire foundation and structure of the spine.
Cox Flexion Distraction
Gonstead Technique  |  Clarence S Gonstead
Activator Instrument
Activator technique can be used as a primary protocol for all patients who may not desire traditional manual
manipulation.   It can also be used in cases where a hands on physical manipulation is not possible or
contraindicated. Our doctors primarily use this technique on the elderly, children and those patients with
Extremity Adjusting Techniques
conditions which resolve quickly with appropriate chiropractic extremity adjustments.  Almost all extremity
adjustments in our office are delivered using the Diversified Technique. The Activator Technique is occasional
employed in unique circumstances.
Myofascial Release Technique
This treatment method is not massage as it is used to equalize muscle
tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress
nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a
decrease in the patient's pain and by an improvement in overall posture. Each treatment session is performed
directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the chiropractor to accurately detect fascial
restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. The
chiropractor will be able to find sore spots just by feel. Often, patients are unable to pinpoint some sore spots
because they have grown used to them until the chiropractor finds them and applies the pressure. The size and
sensitivity of these sore spots, called Myofascial Trigger Points, will decrease with treatment. Most patients are
surprised by how effective and gentle Myofascial Release is. This technique is used to treat neck and back pain,
headaches, recurring sports injuries and scoliosis, among other conditions.
alone. The technique is probably most famous for the audible popping sound that is elicited as result of its use.
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