Common Techniques

Diversified
This is the most common non-specific technique used by most general practice chiropractors. It is a technique which may utilise more than one method. It will involve spinal adjustment, and generally results in a popping sound.

Thompson Drop
A specific technique for adjustment of the full spine on a special table. The adjusting table with a segmented drop system quickly lowers the section of the patientís body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted.
The chiropractor's thrusts (using minimal force) initiates movement, and the fast drop of the table carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.

SOT
SOT is an acronym for Sacro Occipital Technique. It is a method of chiropractic based primarily on the identification and treatment of three bodily systems: the cranial sacral respiratory system, the weight-bearing system and the function of the lumbar spine.
A SOT chiropractor analyzes your body, concentrating on these three areas. They integrate large amounts of information, and then use several different techniques and approaches simultaneously, including the use of blocks, joint adjustment, organ/soft tissue reflex manipulation and cranial corrections.

SOT patients are also routinely given guidance regarding home care, diet, and nutrition.

Activator Technique
Activator technique is a gentle, low-force program of chiropractic care. The Activator technique uses a unique system of administering spinal adjustments using Activator analysis and an Activator instrument to initiate the correct movement of the vertebra in a predetermined direction.

Flexion-Distraction
Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and which allows the chiropractor to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is no pain involved in the treatment.

Rehabilitation-Exercise
Rehabilitation is an intensive course of exercise therapy designed to strengthen and restore the normal function of muscles, improve endurance and stamina, increase flexibility and range of movement of tight muscles, and reduce pain. Balance exercises are also included to improve the reaction time of lazy muscle groups. Each patient is individually assessed and a programme is devised specific to individual needs and level of ability.

Dry Needling
This technique combines modern western Trigger Point theories with traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Fine acupuncture needles are inserted into muscles to stimulate trigger points in the muscle.