Dr. Jill utilizes several different approaches to perform chiropractic adjustments. She tailors her adjusting style to any size patient, using gentle and effective techniques.
The main techniques utilized at the office include:
The Activator Method uses a handheld, spring-loaded adjusting instrument to deliver a specific force to a misaligned vertebra. It delivers a quick, low-force thrust to effectively re-align the spine without giving the body time to resist. It is also is helpful for adjusting extremities including feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.
Diversified Technique is what most people can relate to if they have been to a chiropractor before. With this technique, we use our hands to find joints that have lost their proper motion or position. A manual thrust with our hands is used to free up those “stuck” joints. Oftentimes a “popping” noise is heard, which is simply the gas and fluid being released from the joint space. While adjusting the vertebrae has a direct impact on the nervous system, almost all other joints of the body can also adjusted using this technique to improve their range of motion.
The Thompson technique uses different pieces of the chiropractic table to assist in the adjusting. A section on the table elevates at a particular area of the spine and then drops down to help set the joint that is misaligned. This is a very effective technique to correct subluxations while keeping the spine in a neutral position.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and Diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In doing so, the neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated. If indicated, work is also done on different structures that support the pelvis, including the round ligaments and psoas muscles. This technique is especially helpful during pregnancy to ensure that baby is in the best possible position in utero. Many birth providers will work in conjunction with Webster-certified chiropractors to give the best possible outcomes for both mom and baby. It is important to note that the Webster Technique does not turn breech babies, but rather optimizes the space and mechanics of the pelvis, which oftentimes allows a baby to turn head-down on their own. Several research articles showing the effectiveness of the Webster technique can be found on the ICPA website.