There are many different Chiropractic Techniques. At Chiropractic For Life - we have chosen to use 5 different techniques so we can cater for people of all walks of life. All techniques will help get positive results, and we will find and utilize the best suited technique for you on an individual basis.
The diversified technique is the most commonly utilized technique among Chiropractors world-wide. It involves a high velocity, low-amplitude thrust delivered from the hands of the Chiropractor, to a specific spinal vertebrae or bone.
It's objective is to restore proper movement and alignment to the spine, by the correction of vertebral subluxations (areas of spinal misalignments). This is a full, hands-on technique and the patient may feel (or hear) an osseous 'popping' sound as the adjustment is administered.
X-rays are sometimes needed to help locate possible subluxations, and can provide valuable information when it comes to correcting them.
Thompson / Drop-Table Technique:
This technique requires a specialized table with drop-away segments (drop-pieces) that are located in the pelvic, lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions. The drop-pieces are designed to drop away once a thrust is applied to a specific vertebral level. The 'drop' also assists the thrust, minimizing the overall force required for the adjustment.
The objective of this technique is to help open (or unlock) the joint during the adjustment, which in return will increase motion in that area, decrease muscle tension and improve nerve function.
This technique also uses a leg-length testing procedure to help determine where possible subluxations (spinal misalignments) are located. This will also be correlated with findings from x-rays, palpation and other special tests, before the adjustment is administered.
Impulse Adjusting Technique:
This technique involves the use of a small hand-held instrument (called an 'impulse adjusting instrument'). At Chiropractic For Life, we use the advanced Impulse IQ instrument - which is controlled by a microcomputer and motion sensor. This amazing auto-sense technology helps to detect the amount of spinal motion at a certain area and will respond with a series of subsequent thrusts which will cease when motion is restored.
This device was specifically created to administer precise, gentle adjustments to the spinal bones and extremity joints, to help relieve pain and restore proper motion. Unlike adjustments performed by hand, this instrument can deliver a much faster thrust with more accuracy (resulting in a less forceful adjustment than many other techniques). Many of our clients enjoy this style of adjusting, and we get great results using it.
Flexion – Distraction / Cox Technique:
Flexion-Distraction is a non-invasive and effective technique that is used to help people that are suffering from lower back problems, in particular disc herniations, disc bulges, and spinal stenosis.
It involves the use of a specialized table that gently helps to distract or stretch the spine, while a series of repetitive movements are applied. This creates negative pressure in the disc, allowing the central bulging portion to assume its normal position.
This will help to reduce inflammation of the nerve root, associated leg pain, and increase the disc height and the space between vertebrae where the spinal nerves exit. The Flexion-Distraction technique is also known to help relieve discomfort caused from sciatica, spondylolisthesis, failed back surgery, and scoliosis.
Activator Methods Technique:
Activator Methods is another low-force chiropractic technique that utilizes a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument called an 'activator'. This instrument is also designed to deliver a precise, gentle impulse to the vertebrae or extremity joint, to help restore motion and improve joint function.
The Activator Methods technique also involves a very unique spinal evaluation procedure known as the 'Activator Protocol'. This protocol assesses your spine and leg-length equality, and any differences in apparent leg-length during the testing procedure - may indicate the presence of vertebral subluxations (or spinal misalignments).
Many of our clients enjoy this technique. Being a low-force technique, it provides great results on infants and the elderly - although it can be used on anyone.