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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 the 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, CBP, Flexion-Distraction, Mally & Charette Extremity, and more. These techniques utilize both "manual" and "instrument" adjustments.  




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 manual (hands-on) adjusting.  Don't get me 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.  Our office utilizes several instrument-assisted adjusting techniques. 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.  Here is an introduction to some of the instruments utilized by our doctors.


NeuroImpulse IQ 


The unique functionality and performance of the new Impulse iQ® Adjusting Instrument shines with simplicity. 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.


Activator Instrument


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 of 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 lower back pain and/or leg pain or numbness.  A specialized table is used to gently separate 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 Webster's technique, specifically designed for the pregnant patient.  For more information on Webster's click on the button below.


An extremity is a joint of the body other than the spinal joints.  These joints include the ribs, shoulders and elbows, wrists and hands, hips, knees, ankles, and feet.  Similar to the spine, extremities can have joint restrictions and motion dysfunction.  You may be experiencing pain, weakness, stiffness, immobility, numbness or tingling, catching, or locking of a joint.  Extremity restrictions can even be related to or intensify back or neck pain.  These problems may be chronic or acute and many people have great relief from their extremity adjustments.


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