Our Chiropractic Techniques

For over a century, chiropractic care has existed, steadily evolving and improving for the past 110 years. The science behind it all provides groundbreaking and innovative techniques and approaches to both pain management and well-being. One technique that is very popular is known as the Diversified Technique.


Diversified Technique

The Diversified Technique is a chiropractic care method proven to offer highly effective results for patients and help manage pain, improve posture, overall physical health, and wellness. Drs. Cullen and Mark have years of experience in its use and application. The staff at Empowered Chiropractic regularly participate in ongoing education and training, which includes the latest and best practices and methods for applying the Diversified Technique. Indeed, our chiropractic approach is always up-to-date with the latest science. Our office staff stays up-to-date with the latest chiropractic research, to ensure that we provide the best care using these effective adjustment techniques.

At Empowered Chiropractic, our team is also trained in Chiropractic Pediatrics, Chiropractic Prenatal care, Diversified technique, Activator technique, Thompson/Drop Table technique, Gonstead, and more. Indeed, we strive to provide gentle adjustments using a variety of techniques, which are tailored for each patient. Since each patient is unique, our care should also be unique for each patient. By customizing our patients’ care, we can help every patient achieve their specific health and wellness goals.


Understanding the Diversified Technique

At its most basic level, the Diversified Technique is a manual adjustment chiropractic technique that can correct subluxation or spinal misalignments in a gentle, non-invasive manner. This technique provides long-term relief and a more complete spinal correction. As a result, this helps the body move toward recovery and heal from pain, illness, and injury. At Empowered Chiropractic, part of our mission is to provide high-quality care, which is why we use this method. Our team participates in ongoing education and training, so we can stay current on the latest techniques and knowledge related to the Diversified Technique. This technique used in our office sets us apart from other chiropractic offices.

How Diversified Technique Works

The Diversified adjusting technique uses various chiropractic disciplines that focus on correcting subluxations and relieving excess tension on the body’s nervous system. Most manual adjustments occur through high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts that gently and quickly restore spinal alignment and range of motion, without extreme pressure or discomfort. Similar to other techniques, Diversified Technique is drug-free and non-invasive. It helps realign the spine, which corrects neurological interferences involved in decreased brain-body communication.

By realigning these subluxations, communication pathways can reopen, which helps your body function better. This helps improve your nervous system function and enhance the brain-body communication systems.

Indeed, your body functions better when your spine is correctly aligned. The Diversified technique does not involve any twisting, cracking, or popping. Instead, this approach offers a gentle, stress-free, and comfortable method safe for all ages, which is why it’s the preferred method at Empowered Chiropractic.

The Diversified technique at Empowered Chiropractic

Improving Your Spinal Health

By gentle pressure being applied to specific points of the spine, the Diversified technique creates gentle impulses that guide your spine and vertebrae back into proper alignment. When the spine is realigned to its normal curvature, muscular and neural tensions decrease and the body can function like it should. This technique does this by removing blockages and improving communication from your brain to your spine. Then, the brain can send stronger signals, allowing your body to function better and benefit from its natural self-healing abilities.

Indeed, your body’s “natural” state is to be self healing. We tell our patients that “The body is a self-healing organism,” to explain how our techniques help the body naturally heal from within.

Whole-body health is directly connected to your spinal health. It is important to maintain proper alignment, which helps free yourself from injury, illness, and pain, as well as prevent future issues. Our approach at Empowered Chiropractic is perfectly described by this Hippocrates quote, “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”

How Quickly Does It Work?

Since every patient is different, the time it takes for our techniques to work varies for each person. Some people may find immediate relief, while others may need several adjustment sessions before noticing improvements. This typically depends on several factors, such as how badly your spine is misaligned and how long it has been misaligned. Chiropractic care is corrective in nature, so it may take time to find relief from a full correction. Oftentimes, relief comes quickly though. Think of straightening the spine as straightening teeth with braces.

Drs. Cullen and Mark suggest patience throughout the chiropractic process. Chiropractic care is a whole-body approach that improves one’s health and wellness. We always encourage our patients to continue visiting us even after seeing results as this is an excellent addition to a regular health and wellness plan.

Are you ready to experience improved health and well-being? Call Drs. Cullen and Mark at Empowered Chiropractic to schedule an appointment and start your health journey today!

The Thompson Technique

The Thompson drop table technique at Empowered Chiropractic

Understanding the Thompson Technique

In the 1950s, Dr. J. Clay Thompson developed the Thompson technique, which is also known as the Drop Table technique. This chiropractic technique eventually evolved into a patented drop down table containing several pieces called drop pieces. These drops help ease the joints of the spine back into proper alignment through gentle pressure application. This precise process helps improve a patient’s strength, posture, flexibility, recovery, and sleep. The Thompson technique also reduces stress and leads to better overall health and well-being. Chiropractors find this technique especially useful for pregnant women, children, and those suffering from chronic back pain.

How the Thompson Technique Works

The drop down table has several individual pieces known as drops. Chiropractors can adjust the height and depth of these drops. When the chiropractor applies pressure, these drops help by dropping downward, which promotes the opening of the joints. This process requires minimal force to work, which helps ensure the patient is comfortable. Indeed, the Thompson technique aims to help the body heal itself as it was intended to do, much like other chiropractic techniques. This differs from traditional health care, which depends on harsh drugs and invasive surgeries to help treat patients’ health conditions.

To adjust the leg length needed for each patient, chiropractors conduct a leg length analysis concept. This concept identifies imbalances in a patient’s leg length while the patient is lying in a prone position. Once this length is determined, the chiropractor uses this measurement to determine the area that needs to be adjusted.

The Activator Method

Understanding the Activator Method

In 1967, Dr. Arian Fuhr developed the first Activator Technique device, which was later patented in 1978. The FDA has approved this device as a safe and effective medical device. The Activator Method is a chiropractic technique that uses a special instrument to create gentle pulses. These pulses help correct subluxations and improve a patient’s overall health and posture. This technique is the second-most commonly used chiropractic method, right after manual adjustments. An estimated 70 percent of all chiropractors use this method, in addition to other techniques.

How the Activator Method Works

Unlike other techniques, the Activator method does not use a hands-on approach. Instead, chiropractors use a special instrument to produce a gentle, pulsating force on the vertebrae of the patient’s spine. The Activator method is particularly beneficial for targeting specific points, which other techniques cannot do. Indeed, this instrument uses rubber pistons to effect spinal adjustments, which minimizes the risk of discomfort or injury.

By using this device, a chiropractor can gently realign the vertebrae and other structures back into proper alignment. As a result, this improves the communication pathways within the body, which enable the body and its systems to work better.

The Activator technique at Empowered Chiropractic

The Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead technique at Empowered Chiropractic

Understanding the Gonstead Technique

During the mid-20th century, Dr. Clarence Gonstead created this popular chiropractic method. Dr. Gonstead founded the globally famous Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in Mount Herb, Wisconsin, where he performed over four million chiropractic adjustments. His passion and research led to this technique that uses biomechanical analysis and has become a gold standard in the chiropractic industry.

How the Gonstead Technique Works

After a complete analysis, the Gonstead technique is ready to deliver any necessary adjustments. The focus of this technique is to be as specific, precise, and accurate as possible. This precision means chiropractors only address the problem areas, such as areas of subluxation or nerve interference. Chiropractors ensure that they perform a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust, which provides the most accurate adjustment possible using various Gonstead technique tables and chiropractor hand placements. The goal of this technique is to restore and maintain a patient’s optimal health by identifying and correcting any interferences to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxations. Dr. Gonstead describes this technique perfectly: “Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it, and leave it alone.”

Drs. Mark and Cullen are extremely passionate about helping each and every person to reach their God-given health potential through specific chiropractic care. Not only does chiropractic help with musculoskeletal issues but also allows the body to heal on a much deeper level, from the inside out through correction of the nervous system. While the improvement of symptoms is important, long term optimal health is our ultimate goal at Empowered Chiropractic.

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