Adjusting Techniques in Moline IL
Impulse IQ Adjusting Technique
Impulse IQ involves using an adjusting instrument with computer chip technology to give a very specific and individualized adjusting experience. With this device, the chiropractor will manually locate areas of pain then, using the Impulse IQ Adjusting Instrument, apply a gentle tapping-like pressure. When the joint begins to shift the micro computer chip in the Impulse IQ reads the signal and responds by tapping in rhythm with the joint allowing it to shift without the usual tightening of the muscles around it. This device has three separate force settings allowing different areas of the body to adjust without too much or too little pressure. There are also multiple attachments to be able to adjust the broader lower back joints on both sides at once, the narrower upper body joints on both sides, as well as a single point attachment.
With this device we have found an improvement for our aging clients with arthrosis and decreased flexibility and range of motion. The adjustment is gentler and more relaxing without the soreness of traditional adjustments. It is also a benefit for the person that does not want a thrusting force on their back or have their neck rotated. Dr. Nelson is proficient in this as well as traditional techniques and will use whichever one his patient prefers.
Trigger Point Therapy
When a muscle is injured in a strain or pull (short of a complete tear or rupture) they often get what are called “trigger points.” These are nodules or areas of added sensitivity. When pressure is applied to such a place in an injured muscle, often there will be a reaction elsewhere in the body, which is called referred pain.
We use various kinds of pressure to work with trigger points to help the muscle reach a condition of complete healing, absent the nodules, taunt muscle fibers, or areas of tension so common in partially healed muscles.
The Diversified technique derives from the work of Dr. D.D. Palmer and is taught in most chiropractic colleges across the world. It involves a gentle but quick thrust or other movement of the spine to restore healthy alignment and mobility.
Here is a summary from the Wikipedia article about the Diversified technique:
“Diversified technique (DT) is the most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors. Like many chiropractic and osteopathic manipulative techniques, Diversified is characterized by a high velocity low amplitude thrust. Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction. The diversified technique remains the principal system taught at National University of Health Sciences, New York Chiropractic College, Southern California University of Health Sciences, and Northwestern College of Chiropractic.”
As with other techniques, we use direct, hand-on sensitivity to diagnose our patients’ conditions, as well as X-rays with our digital X-ray technology.
The Thompson technique is not based on my name or any member of my family. It is based on the work of Dr. Clay Thompson, who applied his engineering background to the process of adjusting patients’ spines.
Clay Thompson’s technique utilized methods such as moving parts of adjusting tables which drop when pressure is applied, imparting gentle but firm force to precise places on a given patient’s body, especially spinal areas. In addition, the Thompson technique utilizes rebound effects of quick movements, called “toggle recoil”; leg length check analysis, and more.
The Chiropractor Guide offers this summary of the 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.”
Here is a nice summary of this technique from Dr. Arn Strasser:
“Flexion-distraction technique has become the most widely used approach to treating symptomatic disc injuries involving back pain and the often-accompanying leg pain. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and which allows the chiropractor to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is no pain involved in the treatment.”