At Apex Performance and Chiropractic (APC), we have multiple ways that we perform adjustments, tailored to your needs and level of comfort. We do not utilize a “one size fits all” approach to our chiropractic treatments. We will sit with you to discuss the different methods, your comfort level, and ensure the treatment you receive is effective.
Below are the styles of adjustments that we utilize in our chiropractic adjustment treatments:
Motion Palpation Institute
Our chiropractor is trained in the MPI (Motion Palpation Institute) style of chiropractic adjustment. The mission of MPI is to create a paradigm shift from the static chiropractic model to a functional chiropractic model. MPI provides hands-on classes to assist chiropractors to provide excellent, science-based assessments, palpation, and adjusting skills.
The Gonstead technique begins with the body’s structural foundation and intervertebral discs. You can achieve maximum balance and stability in the spine when the pelvis, vertebrae, and legs are level. When using the Gonstead Technique, we focus on foundational unleveling, intervertebral misalignments and motion disturbances, as well as nerve dysfunction. Gonstead adjustments are designed for maximum affect to the discs, while also working to restore normal alignment and motion. When utilizing the Gonstead Technique, there are several methods used to analyze multiple factors which are meant to uncover adjustments needed to achieve full body health.
The Diversified technique involves your chiropractor manually placing pressure through the affected vertebral segment in order to restore proper movement. This technique is a safe and effective way of relieving stiffness and pain. It is also the technique most commonly associated with a “popping” noise, which is simply gas being released from the joint as it is unlocked. The Diversified technique is the most commonly used chiropractic technique by the vast majority of chiropractors. Before we begin any treatment, we will perform a thorough analysis of your spine and general health, including your medical history of x-rays wherever necessary. This information will help us to determine the safest and most effective treatment method for your needs, including further medical referrals as necessary.
The Activator Method is a chiropractic technique that involves the use of a spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator adjusting instrument. The Activator adjusting instrument is an alternative to traditional manipulation utilizing a high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust, such as the Diversified technique. This instrument allows chiropractors to provide a quick, low-force impulse at specific points. This technique is used by chiropractors to treat various types of back and neck pain, as well as extremity complaints. It is generally believe that there are two specific advantages to the Activator Method. The first is the high speed of the instrument – it is so quick that the body’s muscles are less likely to tense in response which could result in resistance to the treatment. The second is the controlled force applied through the instrument is localized and does not put the joint in any compromised positions, such as bending or twisting.
Active Release Technique (ART)
The Active Release Technique (ART) is considered by many as the gold standard of soft tissue mobilization due to the specific protocols for every individual muscle, tendon, ligament, and joint capsule. The concept of this technique is to move the soft tissue from its shortened length to full elongation under appropriate depth and tension. The ART method focuses on relieving tissue tension which can develop in tissues as a result of repetitive use. Tissue tension disorders may lead to muscular weakness, numbness, aching, tingling and burning sensations.