The most widely utilized, practiced, and researched treatment method in chiropractic is a high velocity, low amplitude technique.
Activator Protocol for spine and pelvis, including extremities, was developed by Dr. W. C. Lee and Dr. A. W. Fuhr. The technique uses a system of analyzing body mechanics for diagnosis and utilizes a small, hand-held instrument called an “Activator” for delivering a precise adjustment to correct the spine. This technique stresses the necessity of not only knowing when and where to adjust, but also when not to adjust.
The Thompson technique relies on specific analysis and adjusting procedures throughout the protocol. This technique is a table-assisted technique for the full spine, using a drop-piece on the Thompson table to assist with the adjustment. While using the terminal point drop table, as developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, this technique employs specific diagnostic procedures, using leg length checks, patient positioning, and post adjustment leg checks to determine the proper application of the technique.
This full spine technique utilizes a specific ordered protocol and very thorough chiropractic diagnostic procedures, including palpation, spinographs, instrumentation, and the use of individual Gonstead tables.
Upper cervical technique originated with the famous “toggle recoil” of chiropractic’s historical developer, B.J. Palmer. Because of the unique anatomy, biomechanics, and neurophysiology of this region, upper cervical chiropractic care focuses primarily on the correction of the atlas and the axis (C1 & C2).
An advanced movement based technique that allows the practitioner to isolate and determine the exact mobility at every segment. By determining what ranges of motion are lost, the adjustment can be very specific and when used in conjunction with other techniques, can greatly reduce the time a condition takes to correct.
ART is a myofascial release technique that allows the practitioner to isolate specific damaged muscles and reduce scar tissue and adhesions within that muscle . The technique moves the patient through a range of motion of the treated muscle while placing a sustained pressure from the origin to insertion of that muscle.
A technique which assesses the patient using a number of particular physical indicators to determine which of three primary categories the patient is presenting with; this in turn gives rise to specific procedures to work with the patient’s skeletal, cranial, and neurological systems in order to restore a more optimum level of balance and function.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates the structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK is a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that allows for the detection and correction of subluxations, fixations, pelvic categories, and cranial faults.
Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) is a full spine and pelvis corrective/rehabilitative procedure having a firm foundation in the sciences of mechanics and physics. CBP Technique integrates Drop Table, Diversified, Toggle, Instrument-assisted Postural Mirror Image adjusting, Mirror Image Exercises, and Mirror Image Traction to restore normal spinal mechanics. Analytical procedures include visualization, postural analysis, and x-ray analysis. This technique has protocols for postural as well as scoliosis correction . There is more peer-reviewed research for CBP than any other technique.
Pettibon is a postural and curve corrective technique that combines specific rehabilitation and exercise techniques to allow safe changes to restore curvatures over time. This technique is one of the premier research based techniques for postural and scoliosis correction. Also a very heavily peer-reviewed technique with lots of research continually being done to improve upon it.
A scoliosis correction technique that allows the proper spinal positioned to be reached. The technique is based around changing at the ligament level through a variety of tractions and exercises.
This technique used primarily for pregnancy, uses a combination of restoring normal pelvic alignment and taking tension off the surrounding musculature.
An extremity adjusting technique with full protocols for shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. A great technique for athletes with extremity injuries.
This technique uses specific decompressive movement of the table for the treatment of (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, and facet syndrome just to name a few. This technique has a long history, is well documented, and continues to be utilized in ongoing research.