The chiropractic adjustment increases the mobility of the joint, decreases fixations and reduces pressure on sensitive nerves. This adjustment can be delivered by hand (manual) or by use of a variety of adjusting instruments.
What is a Chiropractic adjustment?
The doctors are both Palmer graduates and, hence, use what is referred to as Palmer Package (Gonstead, Thompson, Diversified, Toggle). These are considered "manual" techniques as adjustment is delivered by hand with or without the use of specialized tables. They are also trained in many other techniques including Pettibon, Pierce, Activator and CBP. These techniques utilize both "manual" and "instrument" adjustments.
Our office features the use of the Sigma (aka ProAdjuster) instrument. This instrument allows us to objectively assess the spine and deliver the adjustment with a computerized instrument. This allows the patient to benefit from chiropractic care without the "twisting, cracking and popping" associated with the manual adjustment that frightens some patients away from getting adjusted. You can read more about this on the right side of this page.
There are so many techniques available to accomplish our goal of removing the interference to the nervous system! Over the years, I have encountered countless people who avoided chiropractic care simply because they were afraid of the manual (hands-on) adjusting. Don't get my wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with manual adjusting and we still provide plenty of these techniques in our office. However, instrument adjusting can be just as effective. In fact, in many patients, it is the preferred technique for a number of reasons. Here is an introduction to some of the instruments utilized by our doctors.
NeuroImpulse IQ . . . our newest addition!
The unique functionality and performance of the new Impulse iQ® Adjusting Instrument shines with simplicity. Apply it to the dysfunctional area, and the instrument thrusts at the ideal frequency to maximize motion. Frequencies change in real-time congruently as motion improves.
SIGMA (aka ProAdjuster)
The SIGMA Instrument utilizes a hand-held adjusting instrument linked to a computer. The computer and the piezoelectric instrument provides information about the spine by gently percussing the area the doctor is assessing. The instrument determines the appropriate frequency and recommended pressure for applying the adjustment. When delivering the adjustment, the instrument gently taps the spine.
The instrument can also be used in the treatment of extremities and soft tissue conditions.
The Activator instrument provides a gentle and controlled force to a patient’s spine and extremities. The high-speed and low force allows the ACTIVATOR to be used in comprehensive treatment to all areas of the spine and extremities.
Our office also offers the flexion distraction technique which was specifically designed for the patient with disc problems. This patient might have significant low back pain and/or leg pain or numbness. A specialized table is used with gently separates the joint while the doctor applies the adjustment.
Our doctors are also trained and highly proficient in caring for the joints in the extremities (shoulders, wrists, ankles, feet, etc) utilizing a variety of techniques tailored to each patient.
Dr. Ferguson is certified in the Webster's technique, specifically designed for the pregnant patient. For more information on Webster's click on the button below.