Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese Medicine in which fine, sterile, disposable needles are inserted into strategic points on the body to relieve pain and improve body function. The aim is to restoring health and well-being. Acupuncture is frequently used for pain management, headaches, nausea, fibromyalgia, arthritis and to help quit smoking.
Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic adjusting technique, a gentle, chiropractic adjustment procedure for BACK and NECK pain. Its procedures were established by Dr. James M. Cox and have evolved over the past 38+ years due to the many efforts of researchers and fellow chiropractic physicians. Flexion Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95% of patients whose conditions don't demand surgical intervention or back surgery. Flexion Distraction may help relieve pain from disc herniations, failed back surgery syndromes, leg pain, sciatica, neck pain, arm pain, ruptured discs, herniated discs, slipped discs, low back pain, facet syndrome, bulging discs, spondylolisthesis, transitional segment, rib subluxations, thoracic spine pain, scoliosis, sprain/strain, disc prolapse, etc. Acute back pain and spinal pain as well as subacute back pain and chronic back pain can be addressed.
Developed originally by Dr. Clay Thompson. He developed the drop table (Thompson Table) that was fully patented in 1957. He discovered pelvic displacement patterns and a correlation between pelvic displacements and difference of leg length. This analysis can be used to assess more accurately the location of a subluxation depending on the response in the body. The adjustment is assisted by the use of what is known as a drop piece. This drops away gently to assist the removal of the subluxation as the adjustment is made with the patient lying face down.
One of the original and most commonly used methods is diversified adjusting. With diversified adjusting a manipulation is used to "free up" fixated or locked spinal joints releasing pressure and tension. It is safe and the patient usually feels more relaxed after the adjustment. The body, with its restored nervous system, rebuilds damaged tissues and clears away wastes. A major effect of diversified adjustments is restoration of lost function.
A specific method of adjusting that utilizes an instrument delivering a mechanically determined amount of low force as treatment. The chiropractor uses an instrument called an Activator to make your adjustment. It is a small hand held impact tool in which a quick snap is applied to correct a vertebral misalignment according to a set pattern. Activator uses various movements and tests to determine where the subluxation is. Correction is made using the Activator Adjusting Instrument to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments rather than directly by hand
How does the Activator adjusting instrument work?
The handheld Activator instrument is specifically designed to deliver a controlled, light and fast thrust without undue strain to the patient. The thrust delivered by the instrument is so quick that it accelerates ahead of the body's tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of an adjustment.