Upon reading our website a person might notice that many services delivered in our clinic are above and beyond what is expected from a chiropractor. Most chiropractors are known for adjustments of the spine. Actually, my primary training and licensure as a chiropractor has been in spinal manipulation, extremity manipulation and soft tissue manipulation. There are times when patients might ask what method of adjusting I use. My early training was in Gonstad adjusting and I am very aware of that manipulative work. Beyond that, we use the activator method. I took that training from Dr. Arlan in the late 60′s. I use this on patients that are in special need of low force adjusting. I also use SOT blocking and DeJornette blocks.
The adjusting procedure that fits my practice the best is motion palpation. Motion palpation is essentially an analysis of the appropriate body parts, the spine and all the other articulations of the body and adjustments that are delivered to reestablish that appropriate motion. The emphasis is on function of the joints and body parts. In our office we use both a TriWG activator table and a Lloyd drop piece table, which allows us to use very low force to approximate articulations of the body. Hard force does not need to be applied to either the body of the patient or the hands of the practitioner.
Periodically, patients come to us with specific needs or specific dislikes about how they are adjusted and we are usually able to adapt to whatever that is. There are people who do not like to have their neck adjusted in the supine position and we can do manipulation in a seated position just as well. Furthermore, cervical adjustments can be made without osseous release in a two-step mode that is painless and comforting.
It has been my experience that the chiropractic adjustment is still the bedrock of what chiropractic is all about. People who come to us sometimes want chiropractic adjustments only and we have people come who want nutritional counseling only. It is my experience that the people who have spinal adjustments that are appropriate always do better in the long run than people who allow subluxation and nerve interference to continue.