Adjustment Techniques

Traditional Manual Technique

Manual adjustments are performed by placing the body in different positions to help facilitate movement of the joints. Once the body is positioned correctly, gentle pressure is applied to the restricted or misaligned joint. Typically with this type of adjustment, a "popping" or "cracking" sound may occur. There is no reason to be alarmed by this sound. Inside the joint capsule there are tiny gas bubbles. Due to the position of the joint, a vacuum effect may be created that compresses the tiny bubbles into one large bubble of gas, resulting in the popping sound.

Activator Method

The activator method is a low force adjustment technique that utilizes a handheld device called an activator. The activator creates a gentle impulse to the restricted or misaligned joint. This technique is performed while the body is at rest. This is a great alternative treatment for children and patients with osteoporosis, acute pain, TMJ, or simply those who prefer this method.

Flexion/Distraction Method

Flexion/Distraction is another form of decompressing the spine. This technique helps to mobilize the spine by bending, stretching and tractioning. Rotation and lateral flexion are utilized as well. This technique is good for lower body injuries, especially disc bulges, herniations, and stenosis of the spine.