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The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a “drop table” for adjustment, where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue. After completing a leg check analysis, your chiropractor will determine the type of misalignment – cervical, pelvic, etc,- and then adjusts the legs using a combination of multiple thrusts on various joints. 
This is the chiropractic technique developed by D.D. Palmer, DC, and serves as the cornerstone of the manipulation/ adjustment procedures taught at chiropractic schools. In this technique, the chiropractor uses manual adjustments to treat subluxations of the spine and joints. It involves high-velocity and low-amplitude thrusts which are often accompanied by a 'clicking' or 'popping' sound (cavitation). Some clients may find this 'popping' or 'clicking' a little un-nerving. This technique is popularly used in the adjustments of the extremity joints, and also in the treatment of sport injuries. 


Acupuncture is a science, art and philosophy of healing developed by the Chinese over 4,000 years ago.  It was discovered by trial and error and passed down from teacher to student over countless generations and slowly refined and improved. 

Acupuncture uses the electromagnetic fields of the human body to create change.  In contrast to many other therapies, acupuncture never forces change, but rather induces the tissues and organs to function at a normal level, neither too high or too low, just average.  The electromagnetic energy flow of the body was seen by the Chinese to travel through channels, or meridians, which travel up and down the body and intertwine and cross over at specific intervals.  At specific areas of the body, the energy that travels through the meridians is closer to the surface and is more easily accessed.  These areas are called acupuncture points, and very often will be tender when touched when there is a problem along the path of the meridian.  By knowing the pathways and crossing points, the Chinese discovered many ways to better channel the energy during illness to restore health to the patient.  Because of the interconnecting nature of the meridians, the Chinese always looked at the whole body in terms of illness, and frequently use points far away from the pain to treat the problem.

Diagnosis in Chinese medicine involves talking to the patient about their problem, looking at their tongue, pulse, skin tone, etc. and forming a picture of their overall health.  From this exam the acupuncturist can decipher what meridians are out of balance and decide a treatment plan.  Treatment can involve the insertion of disposable, sterile needles along the path of the meridians, or the treatment can be done electrically without the needles.  Acupuncture can also be done electrically in the ear for many conditions.  Afterwards, many people feel a sense of relief, or an absence of pressure.  Sometimes the results are very subtle and sometimes very obvious to the patient, depending on the balance of the body. Acupuncture in the treatment of cancer is most commonly used to combat side effects.  The overall body balancing effects of acupuncture is an additional benefit many have come to appreciate.  For those struggling with their health, it is another way of looking at their body's needs and wants, and a way to decipher their personal health care puzzle.

Craniosacral Manipulation

The craniosacral system is based on the knowledge that:

1. The bones of the skull are movable, flexible, and adjustable. 
2. The fluctuation of the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid can be felt and measured.
3. Restrictions in this natural rhythm can be corrected by gentle manipulation.
4. Restoring normal craniosacral rhythm enables the body to function optimally. 
5. Restoring optimum body function may alleviate a wide variety of painful and      
    dysfunctional conditions within the body.

What It Does for You ...
The case histories from craniosacral therapy are extensive. The therapy corrects
lesions in the craniosacral system and generally improves the body's health and
resilience. It was also observed that positive to dramatic benefits were seen
in cases of headaches, learning disabilities, dyslexia, scoliosis, infantile
disorders, chronic fatigue, motor coordination impairments, emotional
difficulties, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ syndrome, stress and tension
related problems, and other disorders. Craniosacral therapy, is however, not a
specific treatment for a medical condition but a general method for improving
the health and resilience of the human body.

Most patients experience a profound sense of relaxation and peace. Most fall asleep
or go into an altered space at some point during the session. Some patients may
experience a Somatoemotional Release if it is the agreed intent of both the
physician and patient.

A Really Neat Thing ...

According to Dr. Upledger, founder of the craniosacral technique, this technique is
performed with 80% intent and 20% direct physical contact. In other words,
craniosacral technique embraces the use of the mind as a direct mode of
healing. Despite this somewhat esoteric sounding description, all aspects of
the diagnosis and treatment procedure can be felt as physical phenomenon. That
is, feeling the movement of the cranium and other body parts tells the
practitioner what to treat, when the correction was made, and how well.

CST is effective for all ages and it has been used to relieve:

Migraines and Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back pain, Stress and Tension-related
disorders, Childhood disorders, Brain and Spinal Cord injuries, Orthopedic
Problems, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, TMJ Syndrome, Leaning Disabilities,
ADD/ADHA, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Cox Flexion Distraction

If you’re suffering from back, neck or leg pain, your chiropractor may use a number of different techniques to locate the root cause and release tension or pressure in the affected area. The Cox Flexion Distraction Technique, also known as the Cox Technic, is a non-surgical spinal manipulation adjustment technique that helps to stop pain immediately by realigning the spine. This technique also restores range of motion in the joints and muscles, thereby increasing flexibility and improving your posture. Here’s a close look at how the Cox Flexion Distraction treatment works, and how what key benefits you can look forward to when you are undergoing this chiropractic treatment: How Cox Flexion Distraction Works: The Cox Technique is designed to be a safe, nearly-painless alternative to back surgery, and is commonly used in patients who are still suffering from back pain after extensive surgery, or are in the rehabilitation phase and want to improve their recovery results. The technique is designed to realign the spine by applying pressure in key areas of the back; the chiropractor effectively decompresses the discs by applying a gentle stretch to the lower spine, and a series of repetitive movements and thrusts to reduce pressure. The Flexion-Distraction technique is typically performed on a special table that helps to separate the thoracic, cervical and lumbar spinal joints. Only slight pressure is applied to the body throughout the process, and the goal is decrease pressure and decompress the inflamed areas around the spine to restore nerve functioning. Results are sometimes instantaneous, and researchers report that it takes an average of 29 days for most people to see significant results. Most people need at least 12 visits to obtain optimal results, but results vary significantly by patient and condition. Key Benefits of the Cox Flexion Distraction Technique The Cox Flexion Distraction Technique is most appropriate for resolving mid and lower back pain, hip pain, neck and shoulder pain, and reducing the effects of whiplash. Other key benefits of this treatment include: 1. Improved range of motion in the feet, toes, shoulders and arms
2. Reduction of headaches or migraines
3. Improved posture after only a few treatments
4. May be covered by some insurance plans
5. Brief, painless treatments; may be suitable for people who cannot tolerate pain
6. Restores vertebral joints for better functioning
7. Increases circulation and improves nerve communications
8. Reduces pregnancy back pain
9. Affects subluxation of the spine
10. May be used to treat neurological diseases including cerebral palsy, stroke and multiple sclerosis Overall, the Cox Flexion Distraction Technique is used 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 herniations, and offers several benefits for people who do not want to undergo surgery to get rid of back pain.

Graston Technique

The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal functions.

The Graston Technique instruments are used to enhance the clinician's ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas.  Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction.  Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.


The first thing that most parents feel when they think of chiropractic for babies is fear: "Can that be dangerous for my baby?" parents ask.  What many parents forget is the degree of force and trauma that is often used during the birth process. Some studies suggest anywhere from 30-90 pounds of pressure can be used in a normal birth, and vacuum extraction and forceps can add additional stress. In comparison to the light contact adjustments used by most chiropractors who care for newborns, chiropractic care clearly appears to be much gentler. The chiropractic adjustment that most people think of with the twisting and popping is not the same adjustment that is used with newborns and infants. In fact, the amount of pressure used is comparable to the amount of pressure you could press on your closed eyelid without any discomfort. Chiropractors are specifically trained in the detection and reduction of the effects of (VSC) Vertebral Subluxation Complex. This is a specialty that requires specific training in the analysis and adjustment of the spine. You bring your children to a dentist to check their teeth, an optometrist to check their eyes and a chiropractor to check their spine. Just as it is wise to see a dentist to check and keep your teeth healthy -- not neglect them until you have pain, it is wise to have your spine checked while it is healthy -- not wait until there are symptoms to which you must react. 

Extremity Adjusting

Extremity Adjusting is an adjustment or manipulation used to correct joint fixations anywhere in the body other than the spine.  Joints can become misaligned and cause pain in the same manner as the spine. Athletes in particular find significant benefits with this type of adjusting.   Extremity Adjusting can restore and enhance joint function, which can increase the life of a joint and keep wear and tear to a minimum.

Sacro Occipital Technique

Benjamin Franklin had it right:  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Cure."

SOT or Sacro Occipital Technique is a method of chiropractic care that identifies the cause of symptoms in the body and help to prevent future problems.  SOT is known to correct abnormal spinal mechanics including back pain, headaches, arm and leg pain, dizziness and other problems associated with nerves.  Patients unable to tolerate heavier force chiropractic techniques respond very well to SOT.

Lasting results can be obtained in a short period of time.  Many patients will feel well very quickly, however, with the holistic diagnostic methods used in SOT, problems in the body can be found before they begin to cause pain.  It is an advantage to the patient to continue on a treatment plan which can detect these problems before they are a truly painful condition.

The Sacro Occipital Research Society International, Inc. states:

SOT is composed of highly accurate and effective clinical procedures.  SOT offers chiropractors the insights of DR. M.B. DeJarnette,  one of the most brilliant chiropractic clinical researchers, one of the first Diplomates in Radiology and one of the founders of the  National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.  Dr. Major B. DeJarnette spent most of his life conducting clinical investigation into what works in chiropractic and what makes   chiropractic work. Many of the experiments he first tried on himself so that he was aware of the results first hand.  He also recruited others to be patients while he tested the procedures.  By means of these repeated, peer- reviewed tests, he determined the true nature of the  spinal subluxation and how it could most efficiently be  corrected.

SOT doctors may use other chiropractic techniques during treatment, as SOT integrates easily with other chiropractic procedures.