Chiropractic Techniques Offered
The Chiropractic techniques we specialize in at Princeton Chiropractic Wellness Center are: Diversified, Thompson Drop, MC2 Upper Cervical Technique and the Webster Technique. We also offer extremity adjusting and trigger point work as needed.
The care that you receive in this office is the highest quality care available. Each chiropractic adjustment is performed specifically to improve your ability to heal and increase your ability to deal with physical, emotional and chemical stresses. This will enable you to heal faster and more effectively. Your symptoms will go away, but not because someone hid or masked them. They will go away because your body is better able to repair the causes of your symptoms.
During each visit you will be:
- Meticulously checked for disturbances in your nervous system
- Adjusted (only if you need to be)
- Muscle work and stretching will be performed if needed
- Rechecked to make sure that the problem was corrected
Reevaluations - You will also be reexamined periodically to be sure you are making expected improvements and to adjust your schedule accordingly.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and correction of the pelvic and sacral regions. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.
Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth. More women and birth providers are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care in pregnancy and recognize this area of expertise through Webster Certification.
I have been certified and been practicing The Webster technique since 2000 with incredibly positive results. Many patients will have uncomplicated fast deliveries and in our office and we have had numerous breech presentations resolve so the mother could deliver naturally including one case with twins. Although The Webster technique is not a treatment for breech presentation, there have been many studies showing that when the pelvis is put into a more balanced position the baby will move to a healthier position to deliver.
Diversified technique is our most commonly used technique. It is mix of the best qualities of many different chiropractic techniques. Our goal with giving a spinal adjustment is to reset the nervous system so communication between the brain and the body is more efficient and accurate. If this communication improves muscles pull in a more balanced way taking pressure off the spine so one of the first things people notice is back pain, neck pain headaches, etc. resolve. However correcting disfunction in the nervous system effects much more than that. If your brain and nervous system (your computer system) has a more accurate picture of what is happening throughout the body it responds faster and better to whatever problems it encounters, ranging from a twisted ankle to the flu virus. If neural efficiency improves and you react faster and better to a potential problem that problem is a molehill rather than a mountain. When the body functions more efficiently many health problems resolve.
The way we practice this technique is by feeling for movement and balance abnormalities in the spine and performing light and specific pushes on the spine to restore proper movement and functionality.
Chiropractic techniques fit into 3 basic models based on the three body systems primarily addressed by chiropractors. Chiropractic intimately involves itself with the skeletal system, the muscle system and the nervous system. Therefore, while all chiropractic techniques involve all three systems, the techniques themselves can be differentiated from one another based on their method of assessment and their method of correction.
Tonal or nervous system centered chiropractic techniques are not muscle or bone based but rather focus on the nervous system and the related changes in a person’s physiology. As such, tonal chiropractic techniques look at the nervous system first and the doctor’s input into the nervous system then affects the muscle system which, in turn, affects the skeletal system.
Since all three technique models work and produce good results, why would we prefer a tonal approach? The answer comes in understanding how the interference to a person’s nervous system takes place to begin with. Did the bone move out of place thus affecting the nerve which then affects the muscle? Bones cannot move by themselves so there must have been a muscle imbalance first. Did the muscle imbalance occur first thereby causing the bone to move out of its normal position? Muscles do not think or act on their own so a muscle imbalance can only be the result of an unbalanced nerve supply to the muscles. So, the bone can only move if a muscle moves it and a muscle will only move when the nervous system tells it to. For us then, it makes more sense to address the nervous system first so all else can follow.
The technique itself involves multiple checks of balance in body position and if warranted very light adjustments to the upper neck with no twisting or forceful movements which result in no audible sound (cracking). This is a very light but effective way to help restore proper function and health.
THOMSON DROP TECHNIQUE
We use this technique on patients who are presenting with more acute pain. We choose this technique for this type of patient because it involves less movement. As we do with Diversified adjusting we check for movement and balance abnormalities in the spine and use a specialized table to adjust the person’s spine and nervous system without moving them from a neutral position. Some patient’s prefer this technique because there is no audible sound (cracking) with the adjustment and no twisting of the neck or lower back.
COX DISTRACTION TECHNIQUE
This technique involves using a specialized table to traction the lumbar spine. Typically we will perform this technique on a person with a disc herniation or spasms of the lower back musculature. The patient will be lying prone (on their stomach) and the pelvic piece on the chiropractic table (the part their pelvis and legs are resting on) raises up to traction the spine. The Dr. will traction the spine from a specific point in the spine depending on the findings or level of disc injury. This technique has been show to help restore normal function with even a severe disc injury.
The Activator Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. Due to its effectiveness and gentle nature, the Activator Technique has grown to become the world’s most widely-used instrument chiropractic technique.
This unique hand-held instrument has been studied extensively with results published in hundreds of peer-reviewed research papers, and was designed to give patients a specific and gentle adjustment. The Activator provides a controlled, fast thrust that is comfortable for the patient.
By restoring spinal balance safely through low-force adjustments, chiropractic care aids the body in healing itself.
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