Techniques Used


Diversified Technique:

At Craig Ranch Chiropractic, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as "Diversified."

First, an analysis of the spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of the spine. We do not perform x-rays in-house but will send you to a nearby facility where this can be accomplished.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight "popping" sound from shifting gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but has little meaning as to the value and effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

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Thompson:

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

A System of Analysis
Early chiropractors noticed that subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

Terminal Point Table
What patients often notice first is our segmental "drop" table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality.

Individual cushions or "drop pieces" located along the table surface support each area of the spine until the thrust is given. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the pressure needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Popular and Patented
So unique is this approach, Dr. Thompson was granted a patent in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and patient results, it is a technique used around the world.

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Gonstead Technique:

Named after its developer, Clarence Gonstead, this approach came from his engineering background. His "foundation principle" explains how a subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.

A Thorough Evaluation
After studying your health history, we conduct a complete examination. This may include specific X-rays ( We do not perform x-rays in-house but will send you to a nearby facility where this can be accomplished) and precise analysis. Using a small heat-sensing instrument, subluxation patterns are revealed by slight differences in temperature. Finally, we use our fingertips to "palpate" or feel the location of individual bones and how they may differ from their normal position.

Full Spine Correction
With a complete picture of your spine it's time to make the needed corrections.

To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, we'll have you lie on your side. Subluxations in the middle back are corrected as you assume a comfortable kneeling position. When you are seated, we can restore the integrity of your spine without twisting or rotating your neck.

Sometimes you'll hear a slight "popping" sound that we call cavitation.

Safe and Effective
The Gonstead Technique is acknowledged as one of the safest systems of evaluating and caring for the spine.

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Activator Methods:

We use one of the most popular "low force" chiropractic techniques in the world.

First the Evaluation
We begin by analyzing how well your spine moves. We test how well you turn and bend. While you're lying face down, we'll evaluate the length of your legs. This simple procedure can reveal significant differences in leg lengths.

This time-tested protocol tells us if subluxations exist and their location. It also helps us know when to adjust and when not to adjust. Activator Instrument

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

The Adjusting Instrument
The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.

Because it's many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It's also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.

The Follow Up
After your adjustment, we retest to make sure changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.

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Applied Kinesiology:

Triad of Health A lack of health indicates an imbalance among one or more components of the Triad of Health.

Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines, using muscle testing as a guide for diagnosis and treatment.

The ancient Chinese observed that every muscle in the body links to a specific organ, gland or acupuncture meridian. Testing the strength of its related muscle reveals the condition of the organ or tissue. Muscle testing helps us find structural, chemical and mental problems in your body. It can also direct us to the best treatment options to restore health.

Finding the Problem
First, we review the history of your complaint. This is followed by a thorough physical examination. Instrumentation and laboratory tests may be needed. Then we analyze your posture, the way you walk, turn and bend. By combining these findings with muscle testing, we develop a unique insight into the underlying cause(s) of your problem.

Resolving the Problem
We find muscles that test weak, find out why and make recommendations to help restore its proper function so health can return.

With an understanding of your problem, we select from a variety of healing modalities, which may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Joint mobilization
  • Acupuncture meridian therapy
  • Nutrition supplementation
  • Osteopathic cranial techniques
  • Muscle rehabilitation

As the discipline of Applied Kinesiology has been refined, it has broadened to include the evaluation of vascular, lymphatic systems and cerebrospinal fluid circulation.

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Webster Technique:

You have seen the Webster Technique -- that chiropractic technique to help pregnant mothers with breech babies -- featured on The Learning Channel's hit series "A Baby Story." You have read about it in Mothering magazine and Midwifery Today. You have seen it on the Internet. You have heard it talked about by birthing professionals. Perhaps potential patients have asked you about it. But what is it?

The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. It is a chiropractic technique designed to relieve the causes of intrauterine constraint.

Formerly known as Webster's "In-Utero Constraint Technique" or "Webster's Breech Turning Technique," the Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Webster in 1978. It has been highly successful in relieving intrauterine constraint and helping to convert breech presentations to cephalic presentation for more than 20 years.

What is intrauterine constraint? Intrauterine constraint is defined as any forces external to the developing fetus that obstructs the normal movement of the fetus. Intrauterine constraint can prevent the developing fetus from attaining a head down vertex position and achieving a vaginal birth, resulting in cesarean section delivery. Today, nearly 13% of all cesarean deliveries performed are due to breech presentation.

In 1985, the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed 15% as the highest acceptable limit for cesarean section rates. This figure was based on the cesarean section rates of countries with the lowest perinatal mortality rates in the world. In 1991, the figure was adopted as a goal for the year 2000 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently, approximately 4.6 % of all singleton pregnancies develop into breech presentation and the incidence of perinatal mortality with breech presentation is approximately four times that of a vertex presentation. While many infants in breech presentation before 34 weeks will convert spontaneously to a cephalic presentation, few will do so afterward.

Decreasing the number of caesareans for breech presentation has been offered as a strategy to reach the Healthy People 2000 goal of 15% cesarean section rate. The importance of preventing intrauterine constraint and subsequent cesarean section delivery is apparent, considering in the United States approximately 22% of all births were cesarean section deliveries. In Canada the incidence of cesarean section ranges from 15%-22%, depending on the province. The Webster Technique is a chiropractic means of decreasing the number of caesareans for breech presentation.

Performance of the Webster Technique involves analysis of the relationship of the bones of the pelvis, and correction of aberrant biomechanics through the use of a light force chiropractic adjustment of the sacrum (Step 1). It also involves analysis and relief of specific abdominal muscle tension or spasm (Step 2). Both steps are intended to relieve the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint that may lead to cesarean section delivery.

It is important to stress at this time that the Webster Technique is not to be misconstrued as the practice of obstetrics. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique intended to relieve a specific musculoskeletal condition, and is well within the chiropractor's scope of practice. At no time does the chiropractor attempt to change the position of the fetus as is done in external cephalic version (ECV). Untrained individuals should not attempt the Webster Technique.

In addition, the Webster Technique should not be confused with other unproven or unsafe "chiropractic breech turning" techniques.

The ICPA, founded by Dr. Webster, maintains the only database of chiropractors certified in the proper performance of the Webster Technique. In addition, the ICPA currently offers the only courses to certify chiropractors in the proper performance of it.

Growing awareness of the Webster Technique is demonstrating the increased demand for doctors of chiropractic trained to perform it. Because of its ability to facilitate easier, safer deliveries for both mother and baby, many birth care providers are actively seeking doctors of chiropractic with the skills in this technique. Daily, the ICPA receives many requests for referrals.

If you would like to find a Webster Technique certification seminar in your area, or be referred to a chiropractor trained in the Webster Technique, please visit the ICPA website at www.icpa4kids.com or call 610-565-2360.

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Cranial Sacral Therapy:

Cranial Sacral Therapy is a technique where a practitioner uses a featherweight touch to test restrictions of the cranial system. There is a mild cranial rhythm or pulse that can be felt along the cranial sutures. The normal rate is 8-12 beats per minute. When there is tension or stress at certain points in the body, the membranes are being pulled. Therefore, the body may be out of synchronization, causing ill health.

How is cranial sacral therapy administered? Cranial sacral therapy is administered through monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid's flow through the system. Cranial sacral therapy practitioners attempt to balance the life force energy within the body. Because the movable skull, sacrum and coccyx are attached to membranes encompassing the cerebrospinal fluid, experienced clinicians can detect any motion. Light, hands-on touch assists hydraulic forces (natural to the cranial sacral system) to improve the body's internal atmosphere; thus, strengthening its ability to heal itself. The brain sends messages down the spinal column to the sacrum and to the tip of the coccyx. Signals are then rerouted to all parts of the body through nerves departing the spinal column. By freeing tension from the spinal cord, the cerebral spinal flows more freely. Cranial sacral therapy optimizes rhythm of the spinal fluid and influences the whole body. It is relaxing, safe and effective; and cranial sacral therapy may heal or alleviate numerous conditions including migraines, chronic fatigue, motor coordination impairments, stress and tension, and orthopedic problems. After cranial sacral therapy is administered, a common state of relaxation occurs and improves mental performance as well. If you would like to feel energized, whole, happy and healthy, why not try cranial sacral therapy today?

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  • We will only treat patients we truly believe we can help and will refer you to another health care professional if yours is not a chiropractic case.
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