Chiropractic Techniques

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There are many different techniques in chiropractic; we will go over a few here, which should help you to understand the different types of treatments we offer at our office!

Activator Methods: Dr. Lindsey and Dr. Lacey utilize Activator Methods. This is the most researched instrument adjusting technique in the world. The activator instrument delivers a comfortable, precise thrust that is so quick you may not even notice it! This also allows for the patient to be more relaxed during the adjustment.

This technique is great for anyone, but we do tend to see more people with the following conditions choose Activator: fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Ehler’s-Danlos syndrome. Additionally, the Activator technique is a favorite for children or anyone who may be scared of getting “cracked.”

During your treatment, the doctor will have you lay face down on the adjusting table. The doctor will check you feet during the adjustment to assess your leg length. You may be asked to do some movements (hand on low back/turning neck side to side); this allows us to decide where to adjust you. We may also use the activator on sore or tight muscles.

Here are some photos of the Activator instruments:

Activator 5: Photo courtesy of Activator Methods

Activator 5: Photo courtesy of Activator Methods


The Activator 5 would be used on adults and older children for treatments.

 

Activator 2: Photo courtesy of Activator Methods

Activator 2: Photo courtesy of Activator Methods

The Activator 2 would be used on babies (6 months and up) and children for treatments.

Activator adjusting table

Activator adjusting table

Thompson technique: Dr. Lacey specializes in the Thompson technique, for this technique she will have you on a segmental drop table. A segmental drop table is broken up into different pieces (low back, middle back, and neck/face) that will drop when she uses a precise thrust on a spinal vertebra. The Thompson technique is also a low force chiropractic technique; the drops on the table allow the doctor to use less force when adjusting.

This technique is also great for anyone, it is low force and many patients prefer this technique. Any age can be adjusted with the segmental drop table; it is a comfortable and effective chiropractic treatment.

During your treatment, the doctor will have you lay face down on the adjusting table and will check your feet during the adjustment to assess your leg length.  Dr. Lacey may also have you flip onto your back for your neck adjustment if you prefer that, or sitting is also and option for you neck adjustments.

Other techniques Dr. Lacey specializes in is Diversified and Gonstead. These types of adjustments would be side-lying, face down without the drop table, or sitting in a chair for your neck adjustment.

We want you to be comfortable with your chiropractic adjustment. So please don’t be afraid to let us know which technique you prefer or would like to try at your first visit!