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The Activator Method of chiropractic analysis is a gentile low-force spinal adjusting technique which utilizes specific protocols to detect spinal joint dysfunctions. Through the analysis of leg length inequality, body mechanics and neurological testing the doctor can initiate the process of restoring spinal stability. Using the Activator Adjusting instrument a controlled, fast thrust adjustment is delivered to the patient.
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The Cox Flexion/Distraction adjustive procedure and specially designed table uses a distractive force (doctors hand position) combined with table motion. The special table is designed to help restore physiological range of motion to injured spinal joints. The Cox Technique of Flexion-Decompression manipulation is gentle, non force adjusting procedure which works with the body’s natural design to help restore nerve function as it decreases pressure to the spine.
Additional goals of the Cox Technique adjustment are to transfer metabolites into the spinal disc, decompress inflamed/compressed spinal nerve roots and reduce intradiscal pressure.
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A cranial adjustment involves the doctor positioning his hands on the patient‘s cranium, which allows him to tune into the craniosacral system. He gently works with the fascia, spine and cranial sutures, In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is optimized and misaligned bones are restored to their proper position. The doctor uses this therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and other chronic conditions.
Extremity adjustments are chiropractic adjustments to joints that are not contained in the spine. These would include jaw (tmj problems) shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, finger, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Like the spine these extremities develop joint dysfunction which describes a joint that has reduced motion, abnormal muscle tone, inflammation, scar tissue or arthritic changes.
Common names for some joint dysfunctions include, “carpal tunnel syndrome“, “tennis elbow“, “little league elbow“, “frozen shoulder“, “runner knee“, “golfers elbow”, and a host of others. In all cases, Chiropractic Care takes a natural and common sense approach for treatment. Extremity adjustments are a type of joint mobilization similar to that of spinal adjusting, with the goal being, to restore normal motion to areas which have been “locked up”. Once restoration of motion has been returned to the extremity there is often a reduction in pain, improved motion, relaxed muscles, reduced nerve interference and promotion of healing.
Full Spine Diversified Adjustment is one of the most widely used forms of manipulation/adjustment in chiropractic. The focus is on restoration to normal biomechanical function, and correction of subluxations through a high velocity, low amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (popping noise).
This manual adjustment technique allows for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine. The Full Spine/Diversified technique helps create motion in spinal joints with the ultimate goals of restoring structure and function.
The Sacro Occipital Technique, as practiced by Dr. Cohen, establishes a logical structure for the diagnosis and treatment of health problems. The technique recognizes that an individual can subluxate and can become anchored in three distinct, but interconnected, systems of the body. Each of the three categories in the Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) chiropractic approach has its own symptomatology with specific indicators for correction.
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Thompson Technique utilizes the “Leg Length System” which is based on the work of Dr. Deerfield. Dr. Deerfield advocated that the basis of many health problems in the musculoskeletal system could be traced to the length of the legs and how the body compensates in its position and balance while weight bearing. Leg length discrepancy is determined by having the patient lie on special table, legs in extended position, while the chiropractor determines whether the legs are out of balance.
The Thompson Technique is performed on a special drop table. The patient’s own body weight is used to exert a force on the table to make the adjustment. Varying amounts of pressure of the joints initiate the drop piece motion, which in turn affects the muscle and joints.