These two techniques are used by the majority of chiropractors. They employ
quick, precise thrusts to restore proper functioning and position of the joints.
This technique uses a special table that has pads that drop about a half an inch
during the adjustment. This gives the adjustment extra speed thereby requiring less
An activator is a small hand held instrument that is used to deliver
a high velocity, low force thrust. Due to its speed and size, this
instrument can adjust a specific vertebra accurately and efficiently.
Due to its low force, it is extremely safe for older and younger patients.
Sacro Occipital Technique
This is a gentle technique that uses blocks and gentle touch to help restore
the position and movement of vertebrae.
Upper Cervical Specific Technique
This technique is similar to NUCCA and the Palmer Technique.
It is based on the fact that the first cervical vertebra is the most freely
moveable vertebra in the spine, making it a common problem area.
Since it is located just below the brain and contains the brain stem, improper
functioning of this vertebra can effect transmissions between the brain
and the entire body.
This soft tissue technique breaks up scar tissue adhesions
between the muscles and the surrounding connective tissue called fascia resulting
from injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture. These
scar tissue adhesions can compress nerves and blood vessels causing pain, numbness,
tingling, and burning sensations, as well as muscular weakness. This technique
works faster than massage and is very effective with carpal tunnel
syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, TMJ dysfunction, head forward posture,
and certain types of headaches.
This soft tissue technique was developed by an osteopath. It gently places the body
in a position comfort for a period of 90 seconds which allows the body to reset it's
muscles to normal, allowing them to relax much faster than with ordinary massage.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
This is an advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching
and contraction of the muscle group being targeted. It tricks the receptors of the
muscles, tendons, and ligaments into allowing a greater range of motion than is
possible with regular stretching.
We recommend exercises to strengthen weak muscles. Not all conditions are due to muscle
weakness. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page
for more information on when exercises are appropriate.
We use different types of traction depending on patient need. One form helps restore
the normal cervical curve. The other form helps take pressure off of injured discs.
When inflammation is present, ice packs help reduce the swelling and the cold helps
numb painful nerve endings.
Ultrasonic waves cause tissues to vibrate resulting in a "micromassage." Tissues of
different densities vibrate at different frequencies causing friction and heat. Heat
and "micromassage" help speed healing by reducing swelling, softening scar tissue and
fibrous adhesions, and increasing blood and nutrients in the injured area.
Diathermy means "deep heat." It uses short waves to cause water molecules to spin.
Since most of the water is in the muscles, this therapy heats the muscles better and
deeper than hot pack, hot rocks, or ultrasound.
Developed by the Russians during the cold war, this electrical muscle stimulation helps
strengthen weak muscles.
This electrical therapy helps stimulate your body to produce its own natural pain killers
(endorphins and enkephlins.)
This electrical therapy also stimulates pain killers, but not as well as interferential.
Studies were done on animals that can regrow their own limbs (ie. starfish, geckos) and it
was found that they send a small electrical current into the space where the limb is going
to grow. When tested on humans, we didn't regrow limbs, but it did speed healing. It seems
to be a healing frequency.
Radiographs are helpful in identifying certain problems, but they are
not always necessary. The need for x-rays depends on your specific
problem and will only be taken if necessary.