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Techniques

We pride ourselves on staying up to date with the current techniques available in the chiropractor field. Below are a few of the techniques where our doctors specialize. If you are looking for a Culver City chiropractor that is cutting edge with their practice and customer first with their care, then call us to make an appointment today at 310-391-7770

Diversified Technique

Diversified Technique is the classic chiropractic technique, developed by D.D. Palmer, DC. and taught in all chiropractic colleges. Diversified Technique was refined and developed by the late Otto Reinert, DC, to address biomechanical failure in each section of the spine, as it relates to specific subluxation. The focus is on restoration to normal biomechanical function, and correction of subluxation. In addition, Diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports injuries and other injuries. Diversified adjusting of the spine uses specific lines of drives for all manual thrusts, allowing for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine. X-rays and case histories are used in analysis and diagnosis.

No instruments are used in the adjusting procedure. Motion palpatation and full spine, hands-on techniques are used to deliver a deeper thrust, which makes an osseous (popping) sound as the adjustment is given.

Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.)

Sacro Occipital Technique of Chiropractic (SOT) and Chiropractic Craniopathy is grounded in scientific research. Since the early 1900’s, SOT has consistently delivered exceptional results while emphasizing patient comfort. SOT is a total body technique. Its broad scope includes not only the back and neck but also the internal organs, extremities and cranial structures. In SOT the primary focus is upon structural stability and integrity as well as neurological function. The basis of the human structure is the pelvis and the cranium. The spine, shoulders, neck and head sit upon the pelvis and are subject to the stresses and strains of gravity. These structures, as well as the rest of the body, are functionally maintained and controlled by the brain through the nervous system.

Brain function is dependent upon optimal motion and alignment of the cranial bones and cranial dura. Located below the pelvis is the locomotion system: the legs and feet. All structures of the body are essential to the integrity of the whole. Additionally, organ function depends upon proper nerve supply from the spine. The spine in turn receives nerve reflexes from the organs that can compromise spinal mechanics. Therefore, the alignment, balance and optimal function of the cranium, pelvis, each spinal segment, organs and all of the extremities are essential to optimal health. (www.soto-usa.org)

Flexion/Distraction

Dr. Cox explains Flexion-Distraction (also known as Cox Technic), as a marriage of chiropractic principles with the osteopathic principles set forth by Alan Stoddard, DO, in his book, Manual of Osteopathic Technique, written about the manipulative procedures developed by John McManis, DO, in the early 1900’s. Since the early 1970’s, Dr. Cox has refined the technique, developed a manipulation instrument for effective use of the technique, conducted clinical, as well as participated in experimental, research; lectured around the world, and written well-received articles, chapters for textbooks, and textbooks.

Activator Methods

Activator Methods is based on the postulate that understanding body mechanics and force is the key to understanding how to move bones. A leg test is utilized to tell the doctor if the subluxation exists, chiefly in the lumbo-sacral area or cervical region of the spine. With further research into body mechanics, W.C. Lee D.C. and A.W. Fuhr D.C. were able to analyze the body and produce from the analysis consistent changes using a light non-force specific chiropractic adjustment. Lee and Fuhr understood that force was not necessary to correct subluxations in the body.

Two components are necessary for fast, effective reduction of nerve pressure caused by subluxations. They are speed and line of drive. Speed and line of drive are what make chiropractic the distinct and dynamic art and science that it is. The activator instrument was designed to deliver this specific dynamic thrust. It is a small hand-held gun-type mechanism that delivers a sharp percussive thrust upon triggering. The activator instrument controls the force and speed of the adjustment exceptionally well and with the activator, the line of drive can be more specific.

Thompson Technique

The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a “drop table” for adjustment, where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue. After completing a leg check analysis, your chiropractor will determine the type of misalignment – cervical, pelvic, etc,- and then adjusts the legs using a combination of multiple thrusts on various joints.

Low Force Technique

Directional Non-Force Technique was developed by Dr. Richard Van Rumpt D.C. in 1922. The basic priciple of D. N. F. T. is that innate body wisdom can be contacted by thought projection to make a chiropractic analysis. It is also the postulate of D.N.F.T. that this innate body wisdom can be used to accomplish the removal of nerve interference. The term ‘Innate’ is defined as life, inborn intelligence, energy, vibration, nerve-force, life force, love, mental energy, mind power, and the power and wisdom within. D.N.F.T. uses a leg reflex to analyze the entire body for evidence of nerve interference and how to remove mechanical interference.

In addition, D.N.F.T. works to remove spinal interferences; and make adjustments to soft tissues, cranials, jaw, clavicles, arms, legs, feet, ribs, shoulders, pulses, tonsils, eyes, and all other articulations of the body that can be reached. Regarding the adjustment, the doctor applies a very mild energy (thumb toggle thrust) in a corrective direction.

Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in an attempt to bring about several theoretical benefits including: Create a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material.

Post Isometric Relaxation

The post-isometric relaxation technique begins by placing the muscle in a stretched position. Then an isometric contraction is exerted against minimal resistance. Relaxation and then gentle stretch follow as the muscle releases.

Kinesio Taping

Taping is used with the intent of treating pain and disability from athletic injuries and a variety of other physical disorders. There are several theoretical benefits claimed for the tape. One of those is correcting the alignment of weak muscles as well as facilitating joint motion as a result of the tape’s recoiling qualities. Additionally, the tape is claimed to lift the skin, increasing the space below it, and increasing blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluids (swelling).

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical therapy or physiotherapy (often abbreviated to PT) is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention (therapy using mechanical force and movements). It is carried out by physical therapists. In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation, and administration. In many settings, physical therapy services may be provided alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services including chiropractic care.