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History   |    Techniques    |    Glossary

Diversified

The Diversified Technique uses motion palpation to determine where joints are misaligned. A specific gentle force is applied to free the misalignments.

Activator

The 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.

Thompson

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.

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Sacro-Occiptal Technique

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 nerve function.

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