Chiropractic Techniques

Motion Palpation

The doctor’s hands are used to feel the motion and joint play of specific segments of the spine and pelvis while the patient moves. The purpose is evaluation of the dynamic movement of the vertebral joints, pelvis, and extremities to assess normal and abnormal mobility and joint play between the joints of the spine, pelvis and extremities. This evaluation is the current standard for determining the necessity of chiropractic care. It shows the doctor where and how the adjustive technique is to be applied, if necessary and appropriate.

High Velocity, Low Amplitude Manipulation

High velocity, low amplitude manipulation is traditional chiropractic adjustment.

Diversified Chiropractic Technique

Diversified technique uses a variety of manual adjustment methods to treat the vertebral subluxation complex or joint dysfunction. The dysfunctions are discovered by using the chiropractic motion palpation procedure as well as other chiropractic-specific testing. In diversified adjustments, the patient may be sitting, standing, or lying down. The diversified techniques usually result in a click of the joint (cavitation-popping sound). The goal is to restore joint mobility and function.

Extremity Techniques

A sub-specialty in which the doctor, in addition to working with the whole spine, works with the different joints of the body such as elbows, shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles to restore mobility and correct dysfunctions, and reduce pain.

Upper Cervical-Specific Techniques

These focus on the Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC). The Complex is usually considered to include the three osseous components at the top of the human spine: the Occiput (skull, or CO), the Atlas (Cl) and the Axis (C2). The technique focuses on specific corrections to the structure of the Atlas complex to restore correct structure to it and promote optimal function of nerves related to the Complex.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

A direct and active manipulative treatment in which a patient, upon request, actively uses his or her muscles from a starting, controlled position in a specific direction against distinct counterforce/pressure.

Activator

A mechanical force, manual-assisted (MFMA) instrument which is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique.

The activator instrument was designed to deliver a specific dynamic thrust. It is a small hand-held gun-type mechanism that delivers a sharp percussive thrust upon triggering. This instrument controls the force and speed of the adjustment exceptionally well and the line of drive can be more specific.

Thompson

In this technique, a special adjusting bench or couch is used. The bench has sections which are designed raise up by about an inch and then only just hold the patient’s weight. When the chiropractor applies a very small force, the raised section on the bench drops back down an inch and stops very suddenly. The rapid deceleration applies a very fast, controlled and gentle force to adjust the subluxation.

Cox Flexion Distraction

Cox® Technic is a non-surgical, doctor-controlled, hands-on spinal manipulation performed with the patient lying on the flexion-distraction table. The table permits the effective administration of flexion-distraction and decompression adjustment and manipulation.

The goal of Cox® Technic is to help the spinal pain patient go from “pain” to “no pain” as quickly as possible. This technique involves traction or stretching of the spine to alleviate pain and pressure on the spine. The doctor uses the table itself to stretch out the patient’s back. It’s also known as a manual decompression technique. It’s very gentle and especially helpful with disc problems.

Myotherapy

A form of physical therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement. The philosophy of myotherapy is founded on Western medical principles including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Techniques may include massage, stretching, acupressure and acupuncture.

Soft Tissue Release

Various methods of deep, soft tissue manipulation, including trigger point therapy and fascial release methods. It may include stretching of muscles.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

 This technique uses special massage instruments to break down tissue adhesions and stimulate the healing of old injuries.

McKenzie Low Back

The method is grounded in finding a cause and effect relationship between the positions the patient usually assumes while sitting, standing, or moving, and the generation of pain as a result of those positions or activities. The therapeutic approach requires a patient to move through a series of activities and test movements to gauge the patient’s pain response. The approach then uses that information to develop an exercise protocol designed to centralize or alleviate the pain.

Therapeutic Exercise

I provide exercise training directed at correcting pain-producing muscle imbalances and poor posture. These exercises include core strength and spinal stability maneuvers. We will stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles for both the spine and extremities.  Exercise, especially resistance training, is important for overall health including prevention of falls and reversing age-related changes in muscles. Home strengthening and stretching exercises are provided as a part of care.

Posture Training

Most people are not aware of how they carry their body, especially the position of their head. Life stresses and habits result in bad postures that can ultimately be the primary cause of vertebral dysfunction and musculoskeletal complaints. Prolonged sitting results in some muscles and other tissues tightening, whereas other tissues my be over stretched and weakened. Good posture is crucial for good health, not only in the musculoskeletal system, but for the organs as well. Compression of the lungs, heart, and digestive organs from poor posture can result in ill health over a period of time. Forward head carriage can effect your body from the feet up. I will help you discover your postural and movement patterns and help you to create new, healthier ones.

Nutrition

Wrist Adjustment

Dr. Youcha uses manipulation techniques to decrease pain and increase mobility.

Our Services Include:

  • Manual Treatment through Chiropractic Adjustments

  • Biomechanic and Functional Movement Evaluation

  • Orthopedic Evaluation

  • Neurological Evaluation as Related to Chiropractic Care

  • Soft Tissue Therapies

  • Acupuncture

  • Exercise Recommendations

  • Posture Training

  • Diet and Nutrition Recommendations