The Diversified Technique uses motion palpation to determine
where joints are misaligned. A specific gentle force is applied
to free the misalignments.
Activator Method was developed by Dr. Arlan Fuhr, DC It is
the most popular low force technique and is safe and highly
effective. A handheld instrument, called the Activator, is
used to deliver an exact light thrust to the misaligned vertebra.
The quickness of the action allows the adjustment to be made
before the body's natural tendency to tighten occurs.
The Thompson Technique uses a segmental drop table to enhance
the motion force directed toward the segment or area to be
adjusted. Dr. J. Clay Thompson introduced the concept of adding
motion by inventing a headpiece that would drop away as the
adjustive thrust was applied to the vertebral segment. A patent
was granted in 1955 for the Palmer-Thompson drop headpiece.
Dr. Thompson went on to invent a table with drop pieces for
adjusting the dorsal, lumbar, and pelvic areas. Today there
are multiple manufacturers of drop-piece tables used worldwide.
This system takes advantage of the spine's inherent design
of the joints in order to move the spinal segment in the direction
that will improve the motion of the segment with the one above
and below. Usually the patient lies prone (face down).
Trigger point and Myotherapy
Trigger point and Myotherapy alleviate muscle spasms and
cramping. Dr. Chartoff locates and deactivates "trigger
points." These areas are often tender because the muscles
have been damaged or have acquired a reoccurring spasm that
worsens when aggravated. The major goal is to reduce spasm
to aid new blood flow into the affected area. Spasms are partly
maintained by nervous system feedback, the pain-spasm-pain
cycle. Spasms also physically reduce blood flow to the trigger
point area, reducing oxygen supplied to the tissues and increasing
the spasm. Pressure is applied to trigger points, for about
7 to 10 seconds per point. This can be momentarily painful
but is greatly relieving. It is common to press the same trigger
points several times during a session, but sore spots will
not be pressed for several minutes. Often ice is used to reduce
nervous system response, making the area easier and more comfortable
to work. The muscles are then gently stretched to complete
the relaxation process. Myotherapy aims to eliminate pain
and soothe tightened muscles. People with painful acute or
chronic muscle tension are likely to benefit greatly from
this type of treatment.
SOT and SOT Craniopathy were developed by M.B. DeJarnette,
DC over 70 years ago. The sacro-occipital technique entails
a method of analyzing the body's structures in the vertical,
prone, and supine positions to check for bony distortions
and displacements. The technique is used to restore proper
nerve force by balancing the respiratory and cerebrospinal
fluid systems and pressures. This removes nerve pressure from
within by restoring the cerebrospinal fluid that produces