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Chiropractic Techniques

Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead system of chiropractic was founded and developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead . His devotion and commitment to getting sick people well, led him in his desire to establish a system of finding the major problem and then giving it a specific chiropractic adjustment to restore normal function. The Gonstead Technique is a system of meticulously analysing the patient and performing a specific x-ray analysis using line drawings to determine the exact location of the vertebral subluxation. Patients are then adjusted using a precise manual adjustment. Chiropractors utilizing the Gonstead technique use the cervical chair, pelvic bench and knee chest table or Hi lo Table to specifically adjust the vertebral subluxation.

Gonstead extremity technique is focused on correcting misalignments functional mechanics in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot. It is very effective in correcting symptoms and abnormal function in these joints.

Diversified Technique

Diversified Technique consists of a varied and wide-ranging group of chiropractic techniques used to correct vertebral subluxations. It involves a short-lever, high-velocity movement with specific contact on the spine. It is practiced by the majority of chiropractors worldwide.


Thompson Technique

Thompson Terminal Point Technique specifically uses a precision adjusting table with a weighing mechanism which adds only enough tension to hold the patient in the “up” position before the adjustment is given to correct the vertebral subluxation . The table helps reduce pressure needed to adjust the vertebral subluxation. Various resistances are used in different areas of the spine to help with correction of the spine. The dropping of the table allows for a lighter adjustment with no reduction in effectiveness. When the chiropractor lifts up the section of the table it will raise under you very slightly and you’ll hear it click. As the chiropractor gives the gentle adjustive thrust, you will feel the table drop down. The sound of a drop-piece table can be quite dramatic! However, the adjustment itself is still a gentle and precise thrust. The Hi lo (standing up / laying down) function makes it easy for the elderly or acute patients to be treated.

Activator Methods / Arthrostim


Activator and arthrostim use a (electro) mechanical device to adjust the vertebral subluxation. A series of diagnostic manoeuvres and leg checks are used to identify the location of subluxation. The goal is to restore proper body mechanics through the application of low-force, high-speed Chiropractic adjustments using an activator or arthrostim. The activator and arthrostim adjusting instrument delivers a reproducible, reliable thrust and the gentle force can be adjusted to suit patients ranging from adults to infants.

Primitive Reflexes

The Retained Neonatal Reflexes Technique was founded by Dr Keith Keen in Sydney in the early 1990s. During our development in the womb, and in the early months of our lives, the higher processing or thinking areas of our brain are not fully developed. At this time we are protected and assisted by primitive reflexes to illicit involuntary responses (these are unconscious) when we are not yet able to use rational thought

A reflex response may vary from rapid muscular movements (knee-jerk reaction) to those involving breathing, perceptual adjustments, hormonal changes and more complex body movements.

As your central nervous system matures as you grow, the need for many involuntary reflex responses is reduced. At this point, if the reflex is not lost, its reaction when stimulated can become undesirable (this is a retained reflex). Some reflexes however are necessary throughout life, such as when we quickly move a limb away from heat when we are burned (withdrawal reflex).

Sometimes if reflexes are retained they can upset some, or all, of the functions of the higher control centers of the brain. These children present with problems behaving, learning, and co-coordinating gross or fine motor movements.

Following is a list of human primitive reflexes, and the symptoms following lack of integration:

Fear Paralysis Reflex

  • Withdrawn, Shyness, Tantrums, Anxiety

Moro Reflex

  • Over reactive / Oversensitive (common in ADHD)
    • Constant state of fight or flight. Anxiety.
    • Easily distracted by unimportant stimuli.
    • Aggressive, difficulty relaxing.
    • Immune system will be under stress due to continued exposure to stress hormones.

Palmar and Plantar Reflexes

  • Adverse effects on fine motor control, speech, and articulation.
    • Interferes with refined finger grip.
    • Jumbling up of letters,
    • Poor writing expression and spelling
    • Slouching at desk / computer
    • Accessory movements (particularly the tongue) when concentrating.

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)

  • Uncoordinated, unbalanced.
  • Messy handwriting, Tight grip on pen
  • Reading problems – loss of the visual image at the midline (tracking problems)

Spinal Galant Reflex

  • Trouble sitting still. Ticklish. Restless.
  • Poor short-term memory and concentration.
  • Poor Bladder control
  • Posture and gait problems.

Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex

  • Lack of Concentration
  • Difficulty Sitting upright
  • Motion Sickness
  • Flexion: floppy child
  • Extension: rigid child

Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

  • Poor posture, particularly when writing (arms collapse as neck flexes forward).
  • History of not crawling.

Webster’s Technique

Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association , discovered and refined this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

Common symptoms include (but are not limited to) low back pain, sciatic neuralgia, and symptoms associated with sacral subluxation and/ or S/I joint dysfunction. The ICPA recognizes that in a theoretical and clinical framework of the Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women, sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother. Difficult labour is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. (breech or transverse ) The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of difficult labour (dystocia).

Sacral misalignment may contribute to these three primary causes of difficuly labour 1) uterine nerve interference 2) pelvic misalignment and 3)tightening and torsion of pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth. Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of normal pelvis alignment and function frequently allowed the fetus to go back into its optimal position for birth.

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