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Looking for a new way to adjust or want more info on the techniques you currently use? Check out the Chiropractic techniques below:

Activator Methods International
The Activator Method is one of the most widely-researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with clinical trials to support its efficacy. Activator Methods has published hundreds of clinical and scientific peer-reviewed papers, worked with major academic research institutions, and received grants from recognized entities like the National Institutes of Health.

Advanced Orthogonal
Utilizing state-of-the-art, percussion and sound wave adjusting, the Advanced Orthogonal procedure offers patients a gentle and precise treatment for the correction of upper cervical subluxations.

Advanced BioStructural Correction
Advanced BioStructural Correction™ is an advance in the ability of any doctor or person to correct life structures (bio = life). Dr. Jutkowitz isolated the few factors that have been missing in health care and correcting body structures. Knowing these factors one can then correct body structures and have people be healthy.

Applied Kinesiology (AK)
Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.

Blair Technique
The Blair chiropractic technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. When these vertebrae misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brain stem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull and into the neural canal. Special attention is given to the first two cervical vertebrae, the atlas and axis, as they are the most freely moveable vertebrae in the spinal column and the ones most commonly misaligned.

Bio-Geometric Integration

Bio-Geometric Integration is a conceptual understanding which enhances the chiropractor's knowledge of the human body. BGI seminars provide an understanding of the innate geometry of the body and force dynamics surrounding the creation and release of subluxations. The philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic are examined from a post- Newtonian point of view, providing the opportunity to express and understand chiropractic in accord with contemporary science. Through understanding the innate geometry of the body, the chiropractor is able to more effectively and gently release the subluxation and assess the effectiveness of the adjustment. The geometric understanding of the body also serves to bridge the gap between the many techniques of chiropractic by providing a common language and understanding from which to converse.

Chiro + Plus Kinesiology

CPK is integrated chiropractic technology encompassing Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Kinesiology, Sacro-Occipital Technique, Autonomic Response Training and Electro-meridian Therapy. The CPK technology is exclusively taught to licensed health care providers who have selected Chiro+Plus Kinesiology as part of their continuing education. CPK does not provide a full spectrum education in each component being integrated, and recommends additional training in each of these specialty methods. The CPK focus is to train our method of integration using the essence of each specialty.

Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP)
Chiropractic BioPhysics®, or CBP®, is, in short, a higher level of chiropractic. It is a more knowledgeable, comprehensive, systematic, scientific approach to chiropractic, that provides predictable results for patients and will contribute to building a more stable and successful chiropractic practice. Support for this claim includes a considerable amount of data from research, the experience of numerous flourishing CBP® practitioners, and the longevity of the approach. CBP® combines standard chiropractic joint adjustments with mirror image® (opposite position) postural adjustments, mirror image® spinal/postural exercise, and mirror-image® traction to provide more permanent relief and improved health for patients through spine and postural correction.

Cox - Flexion Distraction Technique
Cox Technic flexion-distraction and decompression is a well-researched, well-documented, and proven-effective technique for decompressing spinal nerves and treating low back pain. It's a gentle, non-surgical, no-force procedure that helps the spine heal properly - and keeps it as pain free as possible.

Directional Non-Force Technique
Directional Non-Force Technique® chiropractic methods utilize a diagnostic system for subluxation analysis consisting of gentle challenging and a unique "Reactive Leg" This testing allows the body itself to indicate the locations and directions of misaligned structures that are producing nerve interference. Gentle and directionally specific thumb impulses provide long lasting corrections to both bony and soft tissue structures.

D.N.F.T. chiropractic thrusts are able to achieve these structural corrections without the torque, strong force, and associated articular sounds that are often associated with traditional chiropractic. D.N.F.T. Chiropractic is a patient oriented approach that provides maximum, long lasting relief in a swift and effective manner. Low numbers of initial visits without the need for frequent follow up is the clear intention of this method.

Gonstead Technique
The Gonstead Concept of chiropractic begins with a basic biomechanical principle of physics. Every engineer, architect, builder and carpenter knows the importance of a proper foundation in constructing a building, for this insures durability and long life. Any slight change or shift in the foundation can cause a great amount of deviation in the top part of the structure and, perhaps, ultimately, its collapse.

The body’s foundation is formed by the pelvic girdle. When this bony structure consisting of hip bones and the lower bones of the back is level, there will be maximum balance and stability in the spinal column. When the pelvic girdle or any of the vertebrae (bones making up the spinal column) become tilted or rotated out of their proper position, dramatic changes may occur in the body.

Logan Basic Technique
Developed by Logan founder, H.B. Logan, DC, Logan Basic is one of the lowest-force adjustive techniques. The technique is based on light, sustained force exerted against a specific contact point on the sacrum at the base of the spine. Auxiliary contacts at various points in the spine, or along specific muscles such as the piriformus, also can be used. Basic Technique uses the muscular structure surrounding the sacrum as a lever system for balancing the entire structure of the spine.

Motion Palpation
Motion Analysis gained acceptance as a standard diagnostic tool for the chiropractic profession. Motion palpation is now taught in chiropractic colleges throughout the world including Western States Chiropractic College. Motion Palpation is a diagnostic technique used to locate joint dysfunction within the spinal column and extremities. This method of spinal analysis, also called Motion Analysis, is based upon the conclusion that a vertebra cannot be displaced or remains displaced if some anomaly in the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, articular capsule, etc.) does not cause and perpetuate its malposition. Therefore a study of the normal and abnormal movements of all the vertebral joints and eventually all the extra spinal joints was done to determine whatever anomalies in motion could be found in relation to subluxations. Methods of palpating, and later of measuring mobilities, were developed before and after different adjustments.

National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treatment
NUCCA practitioners focus on very specifically and gently adjusting the Atlas vertebra, bringing it back to its proper position. The Atlas, or the topmost bone in the spine, located just below the brain stem­—is the first of the 7 vertebrae in the spine known as the cervical spine (C spine). Thus, the Atlas is also called C-1.

Network Spinal Analysis
Network Spinal Analysis™ is an evidenced based approach to wellness and body awareness. Gentle precise touch to the spine cues the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies. Two unique healing waves develop with this work. They are associated with spontaneous release of spinal and life tensions, and the use of existing tension as fuel for spinal re-organization and enhanced wellness. Practitioners combine their clinical assessments of spinal refinements with patient’s self assessments of wellness and life changes. Greater self-awareness and conscious awakening of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion, and expression of the human spirit are realized through this popular healing work. NSA is exclusively practiced by Doctors of Chiropractic in relationship to the identification and self regulation of spinal tension and subluxation patterns. 

The clinical goals of this technique are to reduce pain and increase function by creating more movement of the bones leading to greater stimulation to the nerve receptors. Some patients are uncomfortable with the traditional chiropractic techniques that may involve twisting and popping. This technique can be used instead of those techniques.

Impulse adjusting involves a controlled thrust and has the fastest thrust of all the chiropractic techniques. The faster speed allows the thrust to be delivered before the body has time to tighten up or guard. In addition, the frequency of the impulse adjustor has been fine-tuned based on research to the natural frequency of the body.

Receptor-Tonus Technique, commonly known as Nimmo technique, was developed by Dr. Raymond Nimmo of Granbury, Texas. His scientific explanation of the principles involved in the development of myofascial pain syndromes, which resulted in spinal subluxations, brought the chiropractic community to understand how normal reflex arcs transition into patho-physiological reflex arcs. Dr. Nimmo developed a precise system of analysis and techniques to break those vicious cycles.

Pettibon Institute
The Pettibon System represents evidence-based expertise from fellow chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, physiatrists, bio-medical engineers, nutritionists, physical therapists, and even those outside the health care profession such as physicists and chemists

ProAdjuster Group
Advances in computers and engineering technologies have been able to uniquely blend with Chiropractic in order to both analyze and treat the human body in such a way that was never before realized. The potential for the human being to end pain and to achieve their peak nervous system function has never been greater. Humans are consistently asking their bodies to perform at higher levels. Now we have the techniques and the technology to match the demand placed on the spine and the nervous system.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)
Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a paradigm of assessment and treatment developed by M. B. DeJarnette, DO, DC.  SOT utilizes a category system of analysis to help generalize patients into three distinct categories, which helps to determine three identifiable, yet interrelated, systems of body reaction.  SOTO-USA offers two 4-seminar certification series, one for SOT Certification and the other for SOT Cranial Certification.

The SOT Certification Series encompasses SOT Categories Part 1 & 2, Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT) – viscersomatic reflexes and visceral manipulative methods, and SOT Extremity Techniques.  The SOT Cranial Certification Series encompasses an Introduction to Cranial Palpation and Treatment, Cranial Sutural and TMJ Techniques for Dental Chiropractic Co-Treatment, Cranial Clinical Application Techniques, and Craniodural Assessment and Treatments.

The main corrective mechanisms employed in the correction of these positional and functional patterns of imbalance are pelvic blocks and hands-on adjusting techniques. The specificity and flexibility of SOT allows the chiropractor to choose either low-force or standard HVLA adjusting techniques based on the needs and condition of the patient. This offers methods of treatment for chiropractors who want to practice long past retirement age, for smaller doctors to treat large patients, and limit stress to the doctor’s hands and wrists.

Thompson Technique
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.

Torque Release Technique
Torque Release Technique® was developed out of respect for non-mechanistic, non-linear timed sequence adjusting priorities and embraces The Brain Reward Cascade model.


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