Adjusting Techniques


An adjusting style commonly referred to as "Diversified."

First, a thorough analysis of the spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of the spine. With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight "popping" sound from shifting gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but has little meaning as to the value and effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.


The thing that most patients notice first is the special table. The table can move, allowing the chiropractor to traction the spine, opening up compressed spinal discs and reducing pressure on the facet joints of the spine.

By lying on the table, neutralizing the effects of gravity, the chiropractor is able to gently separate spinal joints and move them through a more normal range of motion. Patients find this surprisingly pleasant.

This highly-effective approach combines osteopathic principles with the specific, highly-directed approach used in chiropractic. This combination offers a conservative resolution of low back and leg pain. Many patients are able to avoid surgery and the constant use of pain medication.


Named after its developer, Clarence Gonstead, his approach came from his engineering background. His "foundation principle" explains how a subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensating change in another.

Full spine X-rays are taken and a precise analysis is conducted. Using a small heat-sensing instrument, spinal problems are revealed by slight differences in temperature.

With a complete picture of your spine, it's time to make the needed corrections. To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, you'll lie on your side. Subluxations in the middle back are corrected as you assume a comfortable kneeling position. When you are seated, we can restore the integrity of your spine without twisting or rotating your neck.

The Gonstead Technique is acknowledged as one of the safest and effective systems of evaluating and caring for the spine

Palmer Package

The Palmer Package is a variety of techniques taught at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the birthplace of chiropractic in 1895. The main techniques include:

Diversified First, an analysis of the spine is performed. With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered.

Thompson This technique is both a system of chiropractic analysis and a way to minimize the amount of energy needed to adjust the spine using a special table.

Gonstead A small heat-sensing instrument and full spine X-rays may be used to reveal nerve disturbance patterns in the spine.

Toggle Recoil

While the patient is in a totally relaxed state, usually lying sideways, a high-speed, low-force thrust is delivered to the upper bones of the spine, allowing the body to use the energy as it sees fit to "reset" the spinal joints.


Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment and not a breech-turning technique. It finds the misalignments of the bones and balances the pelvic muscles and ligaments which helps eliminate torsion in the mother's uterus. This reduces the potential of intrauterine constrain to the baby offering a greater opportunity for the baby to develop without constraint and get into the best possible position for birth.

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