There are many techniques used to adjust the spine. Listed below are the techniques we use at Kingsland Chiropractic.
Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a method of normalising the relationship between the base (sacrum) and top (occiput) of the spine in order to allow proper functioning of the nervous system. It is a very holistic technique in that it looks not only at spinal function, but also organ function and your cranial system in order to get your entire body in balance. Blocks are place underneath you to balance your pelvis and various gentle movements aid the body in correcting subluxations. Cranial adjustments are utilised, as are various reflex points to aid in correcting organ dysfunction.
Dr Michelle Dickinson has obtained Advanced Certification in this technique from the Sacro Occipital Technique Organisation of Australasia.
The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a handheld 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. This method of adjusting will not usually elicit the cracking or popping noise (cavitation), but it is just as effective as other methods of correcting subluxations. This instrument is often useful in babies, the elderly and those who prefer gentle techniques.
Diversified technique uses a specific manual thrust to correct subluxations which have been identified by the chiropractor palpating (feeling) your spine. Chiropractors have a thorough understanding of normal spinal anatomy and biomechanics and are able to alter the direction, speed, depth and angle of the thrust to exactly what is needed to correct your subluxations. This type of adjusting may produce a “cavitation” which is a popping or cracking noise due to movement of gas and fluids in the joint (similar to opening a champagne bottle).
The Thompson Table is a special table to aid adjusting. The table consists of individual segments (drop pieces) located along the surface of the table. These pieces support the spine until the adjustment is made. The chiropractor makes a high speed, low force thrust that stimulates the table piece to gently drop, thus taking the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment used during pregnancy. It reduces interference to the nervous system, and improves function of the pelvic muscles and ligaments leading to the reduction of constraint to the woman’s uterus. This allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth and has been known to help breech babies turn.