TRADITIONAL and MANUAL Chiropractic Techniques
This is the most common type of treatment performed by most chiropractors. Chiropractic means to perform by hand, and many Doctors of Chiropractic choose these manual techniques that include a quick thrust to areas of the spine and extremity joints. The most prevalent technique is called Diversified. Other techniques that Dr T utilizes includes Motion Palpation, and SOT.
INSTRUMENT-ASSISTED ADJUSTING Techniques
These adjusting techniques utilize small handheld devices that are spring-loaded and deliver very specific impulses and adjustments to the body. These tools provide a quick pulse and low force. Some patients prefer these techniques as they are gentle, and the “cracking” or cavitation sound from the manual adjustment is eliminated. These instruments, including the Activator and VDP-Pro, can be used on a variety of areas of the body where manual adjustments may not be tolerated.
FLEXION/DISTRACTION COX Technique
This technique was created by James Cox, DC, and utilizes a special table that produces gentle traction to reduce pressure on the spine's intervertebral discs. It is a gentle, but effective therapy. While Dr. T performs this technique, she is continually assessing muscle tone and flexibility.
ARTHROSTIM ADJUSTING Technique
The Arthrostim is an electrical toggle recoil instrument that is used to adjust the spine and extremities. The Arthrostim operates at 12-14 beats per second (in line with the body’s low beta somatomotor rhythm, which is part of the central nervous system) facilitating change in the mechanoreceptors of the muscles. Dr T utilizes this instrument to adjust patients in a variety of positions, standing sitting, and even in their position of movements such as a golf swing, or baseball swing.
EXTREMITY INJURIES/SPORTS INJURIES
While most of the emphasis of treatment to patients is directed to the spine, the extremities can also be adjusted. Many conditions that arise in the hands and feet are improved with chiropractic adjustments and therapy rendered to that area. Many sports have repetitive movements, such as running, creating tension in the fascia. Dr T uses an instrument assisted fascial release technique called Graston, that aids in minimizing fascial areas of tension, such as scars and adhesions.
KINESIOLOGY and MUSCLE TESTING
Muscle testing is a form of biofeedback. An indicator muscle of the body is used to determine a stressor or weakness in the body. A strong muscle goes weak or unlocks under a stress to the nervous system, indicating a possible need for supportive care to that area. (See muscle testing video)