Chiropractic Services & Techniques

  • Diversified – High-velocity, low-amplitude thrust, applied by hand. This is the most common chiropractic method and can be used on all parts of the body with patients of any age.
  • Drop Table – A gentle method of adjusting that involves no twisting, popping or cracking. The table has different sections that raise up an inch or two in relation to the rest of the body. The raised part of the table corresponds to the area of the spine that needs adjustment. After the section of the table is raised, it locks in place and tension is adjusted, based on the patient’s body weight. The doctor applies pressure to the joint being adjusted, causing the table to release and drop. When the drop section stops, the momentum of the body continues. This momentum causes the affected vertebra to move back into place.
  • Activator Instrument – A handheld instrument used to deliver a precisely measured, gentle thrust in a specific direction, delivering a low-force adjustment on misaligned areas of the body.  The activator has undergone more than 35 years of research and testing. It has been found to be a very effective tool when used on large areas of the back, and has also proven to work on the smaller joints of the jaw, shoulders, wrists, knees and ankles.  The activator is considered the safest of the chiropractic techniques, and can be safely used on patients of any age.
  • Flexion/Distraction – A gentle, low-force technique, frequently used for lower back problems, especially sciatica and disc conditions. A special table that combines traction and lower back movement is used to simultaneously decrease disc pressure while realigning the spine. In the case of herniated or bulging discs, this treatment helps decrease disc pressure, increase disc height and increase the flow of nutrients to the disc. This technique aligns the spine and helps promote optimal healing.
  • Graston Technique – A soft tissue mobilization technique that uses specialized, non-invasive instruments to help detect and treat scar tissue and adhesions that affect normal motion and cause pain. Scar tissue builds up after major and minor injuries, limiting the patient’s healing process. Graston instruments are used to enhance the doctor’s ability to detect scar tissue and adhesions by combing over the affected area and “catching” on resistance characteristic of scar tissue. Then doctor is then able to break up the scar tissue, allowing it to be absorbed naturally into the body. Treatment is combined with chiropractic to ensure the nervous system is functioning properly. It is followed by stretching and strengthening exercises, allowing tissues to heal properly.
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound – Safely used on all parts of the body, a crystal within the applicator head vibrates rapidly, producing a high frequency sound wave. This sound wave penetrates tissue to help
    • relieve inflammation
    • increase blood flow
    • relax muscle spasms
    • repair damaged tissue
    • promote healing
  • Electrical Stimulation Therapy – Electrode pads are placed on the skin, allowing gentle electrical impulses to penetrate the tissue. This helps reduce pain and decrease muscle spasm and joint irritation. It can be safely used on all parts of the body.
  • Kinesio Tape – Kinesiology Tape has been in use for more than 30 years. It has been found effective in treating a variety of conditions including
      • muscle injuries
      • joint strains
      • injury rehabilitation
      • post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Laser Acupuncture

The tape is designed to mimic the weight, thickness and elasticity of human skin. Worn for up to 5 days, the tape stimulates receptors in the skin that decrease the body’s pain response. Kinesio tape provides support and stability without limiting range of motion. The tape is also latex-free, making it safe for people with latex allergies. It can be used safely on all parts of the body that require treatment.

  • Gua Sha – Pronounced “gway-shay,” this technique originated in Asia and has been practiced for centuries, like acupuncture. However, in this technique, the skin is never broken or abraded. It is instead scraped with a spoon-like tool designed for the purpose of creating light bruising on affected areas. Though it’s not known exactly how or why this works to reduce pain, medical studies reveal that the change in cellular structure due to this mechanical manipulation may result in increased microcirculation. It is thought this may stimulate platelets to release growth factors related to tissue healing.