Diversified Technique – This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/ adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught at chiropractic schools. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment).
SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique): This is a specific chiropractic technique that uses triangular-shaped blocks usually placed under the pelvis of the prone patient to treat problems identified in the low back. Low force, slow pressure types of manipulations/adjustments may be used to address joint problems identified in the skull.SOT may be used as an exclusive treatment technique or as an adjunct method of patient management.
Thompson: This is a specific chiropractic method and is a variation of the Diversified technique that uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments can be cocked up a fraction of an inch, so when the thrust is delivered, the table will drop this fraction of an inch. The object of the drop is to distract (open) the joint during the adjustment. The drop pieces assists the thrust, while minimizing the force required for the adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur.
Activator Method – This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based manipulation/adjustment protocol. Instead of the manipulating/adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. Activator can be used as a primary treatment protocol for all patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation/adjustment or where manual manipulation/adjustment may be contraindicated.
Cranial Technique – This is not a specific chiropractic technique, but possibly several techniques using the application of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment to joints of the skull (similar to the SOT technique previously mentioned). Since individual anatomy of skull joints is different, the styles of manipulation/ adjustment are different and no cavitation occurs.
Cox Flexion/Distraction: This is a specific chiropractic technique that uses mechanical and hands-on manipulation/ adjustment utilizing a special table where the spine is tractioned and flexed forward. This technique is primarily utilized to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniations, non-disc spinal disorders, and to increase mobility of spinal joints.
Soft tissue techniques:
IASTM (instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
Enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. Performed with ergonomically designed instruments, it effectively treats areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. Conditions for which IASTM is typically used:
- Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral Epicondylitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Plantar Fascitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Patellar Tendinitis
- Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
- Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
- DeQuervain's Syndrome
- Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
- Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
- Musculoskeletal Imbalances
- Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Non-Acute Bursitis
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
- Back Pain
- Trigger Finger
- Hip Pain (Replacements)
- IT Band Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Chronic Ankle Sprains
- Acute Ankle Sprains (Advanced Technique)
- Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)
FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation)
This treatment combines IASTM with Functional Movement. During FAKTR treatment, the patient will be moving in specific ways to stretch, provoke or challenge the tissues. Treating an area takes around five minutes and the results of pain relief or freedom of movement can be felt instantly. Even chronic conditions (listed above) can be resolved within a few visits with FAKTR.
ART (Active Release Technique)
Soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerve that have been injured as a result of overuse. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
Other Physiotherapy Modalities Include:
Therapeutic Ultrasound provides deep heat treatment to reduce swelling and inflammation and promote the synthesis of proteins inside the cells. It also aids in Lymphatic Drainage with cellulite reduction and regenerate of wounded tissues by accelerating the metabolism of cells.
EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) EMS therapy relaxes tight, sore, or stiff muscles, and alleviates inflammation or swelling of the soft tissues. EMS therapy is often combined with other forms of chiropractic care for the most effective results.