We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
We’re proud to use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world. The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust. It also makes the directed energy more precise, given at the exact angle necessary to best add motion to a joint. With the Activator® handheld instrument, we can provide precise, gentle adjustments where and when you need it most.
What are the Benefits?
This technique is often ideal for patients of all ages and walks of life. Children love our “clicker instrument”, and seniors can comfortably be adjusted more accurately using less energy. Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body. The best part? If you’re nervous about ‘cracking’, don’t be–there’s no popping sounds from the body to be heard in this type of adjustment.
Named after its developer, Dr. James Cox, this highly-effective technique combines osteopathic principles with the specific, highly-directed approach used in chiropractic. The combination offers a conservative resolution of low back and leg pain that often averts the need for surgery. The thing that most patients notice first is our special table. The movements of this table help traction the spine, opening up compressed spinal discs and reducing pressure on facet joints of the spine.
What are the Benefits?
This is a gentle, non-force adjusting approach. The Cox Flexion-Distraction technique we use gives us the ability to place spinal joints in a more normal motion and position without pain or aggravating your condition. By lying on the table, neutralizing the effects of gravity, we’re able to gently separate spinal joints and move them through a more normal range of motion. Patients find this surprisingly pleasant. We find it powerfully effective.
A special hand arrangement called a “pisiform contact” is used to deliver a specific thrust at the right place and the right time.
At Mountain View Chiropractic, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.” First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.
Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower 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 years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or 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 Pelvic Blocks are wedge-shaped devices used to help correct your spine and properly “tune” your nervous system. By knowing exactly where to position these blocks, we use the weight of your body and gravity to make corrections, naturally.
The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust. Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
Muscle Energy techniques are a form of Osteopathic manipulative treatment where the patient’s muscles are held in certain positions and then tightened or relaxed in a specific direction as guided by the doctor. It is a useful option to relieve pain and restore shortened or irritable muscles to their normal length and promote healing.
The Drop Piece is a part of the table that can be propped up under you as you lie down and then it drops down under you when pressure is applied by your practitioner. This is a low force option which can help to get the joint of your pelvis and lower back moving and functioning better. This piece of the table is also used to engage a deep stretch throughout the lower back which can be very relieving post adjustment.
At Mountain View Chiropractic, one of the many adjustment styles we use is referred to as Manual Diversified adjusting. Among the most popular chiropractic techniques, this hands-on approach allows us to manually adjust your spinal bones into proper position. It can be successful in helping patients of all ages and stages get back to living the life they love, naturally.
When misaligned spinal bones are identified through thorough examination, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth, and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice, and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics. The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. There’s no need to worry or be frightened about this–in fact, most patients find adjustments relaxing and relieving!
What are the Benefits?
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. Simply put, many patients find that it’s easier to carry out tasks in their daily life without noticing pain, aches or other problems.
• Trigger point therapy
• Graston technique
• Myofascial release
• Deep tissue work
We choose the technique most appropriate to your individual condition and needs. Many people need muscle therapy in combination with chiropractic to achieve faster relief and longer lasting results. For remedial or relaxation massage we are happy to recommend our Massage Therapists Stuart and Yas.
Prescription exercises can be personalized to keep you out of harm’s way and aid recovery. Sometimes it is a matter of relearning a better ‘movement pattern’, or being able to ‘protect’ your spine or knowing how to strengthen the ‘weak muscle’ link. We will always encourage gentle exercise post adjustment, but we may also sometimes require you to do some at home specific exercises for certain muscle groups. We are very experienced with many exercise approaches included those developed by Janda, Kolar, Lewit, McGill and McKenzie.