The Gonstead concept of chiropractic begins with the body’s structural foundation and the intervertebral discs. Maximum balance and stability in the spinal column may be achieved when the pelvis, vertebrae, and legs are level. Unleveling, intervertebral misalignments, and motion disturbances, as well as nerve dysfunction, are primary considerations in the Gonstead technique.
Injury to the intervertebral disc is of paramount importance in causing spinal sublixations. Gonstead adjustments are designed for maximum affect to the discs, while working to restore normal alignment and motion. Gonstead adjustments are directed at specifically selected levels of involvement for maximum restoration and balance of function.
The Diversified Technique is the most commonly used adjustment technique. It is characterized by a high velocity, low-amplitude thrust delivered by hand or possibly with assistance from a table or block. The objective of the diversified technique it to restore proper movement and alignment of the spine and joints. This technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body.
This technique is most commonly known by patients. The technique usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with chiropractic manipulation/adjustments.
The Activator Technique is a chiropractic treatment method and device created as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine and extremity joints. The device is categorized as a mechanical force manual assisted instrument which is generally regarded as a “softer” chiropractic technique. Treats many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
This technique uses the small hand-held device to deliver gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. Two benefits of this technique include: the speed of the device is so quick that the body’s muscles are less likely to tense which helps facilitate the effectiveness of treatment; and the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending to the joint.