In our practice, we employ a diverse array of manual adjusting techniques which allows us to address problem areas in multiple ways. This helps us create a treatment protocol that works well for you and your body rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Some of the additional specific technique systems that we use are explained in the following sections.
Flexion/Distraction is an excellent way to address lower back concerns, especially disc issues, without applying torque to the lower back. With this technique, the patient lies face down on a table that can both bend and lengthen. This allows the doctor to decompress the lumbar spine taking pressure off the discs and nerve roots.
An activator is a hand-held instrument that allows us to adjust patients that do not tolerate manual manipulation well. It is also very useful for treating rib injuries, the smaller bones of the hands and feet, and the jaw. Patients with significant osteoporosis are often treated with a combination of manual manipulation and the activator.
This technique was designed with pregnant patients specifically in mind. Webster technique limits rotational force on the patient's lower back and pelvis while treating biomechanical dysfunction that can hinder proper positioning and passage during pregnancy/labor. Both of our doctors are certified in Webster technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). You can read more about Webster technique here.
Another way to address a patient's spine without using rotational force is with a drop table. This technique utilizes a special table equipped with segments that can be raised underneath a patient and then quickly released following a light force applied by the doctor over the spinal segment to be adjusted. This is a popular way to provide chiropractic adjustments to the lower back of patients that do not tolerate side posture technique well.
Also known as low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy directs light at wavelengths designed to penetrate the skin and upper tissue layers to excite and energize the targeted tissues below. This is theorized to accelerate healing by increasing cellular activity. Research into its effectiveness for treating a variety of conditions is ongoing.
Cupping has become more popular due to its use by athletes and is easily recognized by the purplish circles it leaves behind. Cups are applied to specific points and suction is created through heat or vacuum apparatus. Pain relief and muscle relaxation are often the goals of cupping though its roots are in restoring proper Qi flow in Eastern medicine.
Electrode pads are strategically placed and a current is directed through inflamed joints or tight muscles. The goals of electrical stimulation are to decrease pain and inflammation and increase blood flow. This is typically performed at the beginning of a treatment to relax your back and neck musculature and help you adjust easier.
Therapeutic ultrasound works by directing sound waves into the body to excite the underlying tissues and provide a deep heating effect. The goals of ultrasound are to reduce pain and muscle tension, increase blood flow, and decrease healing time. Therapeutic ultrasound can be useful for both chronic and acute conditions.
You've probably seen this tape being worn by professional athletes, if you haven't already tried it yourself. Kinesio Tape (or Ktape) can be used to decrease pain and/or inflammation, support weak and/or injured muscles, and to promote proper function of the muscles involved. It can remain in place for several days, even if it gets wet.
Meridian therapy, which originates from Eastern medicine, addresses the flow of vital energy (or Qi) along specific pathways in the body. It is similar to acupuncture but does not involve the use of needles. Instead of puncturing the skin, the targeted points are stimulated using a special tool. Meridian therapy is used to treat a variety of ailments.