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Chiropractic Adjustments

We have delivered over 500,000 adjustments to patients ranging from little children to a 97-year-old, all of varying activity levels, and all successfully without adverse reactions. Learn about the latest techniques we utilize.

Chiropractic adjustments have a tremendous potential to help patients. From a biomechanical and neurological perspective a chiropractic adjustment can make a rapid, positive response. After their first adjustment most patients have two statements: “That was it?” and “Wow, I feel better.” The first statement because most adjustments are quick and painless. The second statement is due to an almost immediate improvement in the patient’s range of motion and a decrease or elimination of pain.

There are many different techniques, or ways to adjust the joints of the body, and Dr. Brant Pedersen believes that each patient should be treated using the technique that is best suited for that patient. He does not believe in using the same technique for each patient. He has treated Olympic athletes and a 97-year-old osteoporotic female. They certainly did not get adjusted in similar manners. Below is a description of some of the adjusting techniques that Dr. Pedersen has trained in and uses on a regular basis at Positive Motion Chiropractic.

Sports Chiropractic

Most professional and Olympic athletes regularly receive sports chiropractic care. The cutting edge of musculoskeletal medicine - the science of problems of the muscles and joint - is found in sports medicine. The elite athletes of the world, whether professional or Olympic athletes, get the latest and most advanced medical care. Dr. Brant Pedersen feels that every person, regardless of age, profession, or athletic ability, deserves to have access to the best medical care. To that end, Dr. Pedersen has done post-doctoral studies in the arena of sports medicine and after board examination in 2008 earned the title of Certified Chiropracic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP). Dr. Pedersen’s travels around the US each year to the ACBSP Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium for continued studies in Sports Medicine. Additionally, in 2008 Dr. Pedersen toured the USA Olympic Training Facility in Chula Vista, CA with one of the medical directors of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee). Of note, two of the medical directors of the USOC are chiropractors, a statement in how chiropractic, and specifically sports chiropractic care, has evolved to new levels of respect and utilization.

For more information: American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians

Applied Kinesiology (AK)

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that uses muscle testing to evaluate your physiology. AK takes into account that any pain or dysfunction in the body can be caused by a structural, mental, or chemical imbalance (also referred to as the “triad of health”). To get lasting relief and not have to keep returning for weekly visits for the same complaint, using AK we test the strength and flexibility of muscles which stabilize those joints. If a patient presents with a shoulder complaint, in addition to a full history and orthopedic examination, we would test the specifically muscle test each of fifteen shoulder muscles to determine if they are causing the shoulder symptoms.

For more information: International College of Applied Kinesiology

Palmer Diversified Technique

Daniel Palmer was the discoverer of chiropractic in 1897. The first school was built in his hometown of Davenport, IA. There are now three Palmer Chiropractic Colleges and nearly one-third of all practicing chiropractors throughout the world are Palmer graduates. Dr. Brant Pedersen (DC) graduated valedictorian of his class from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in the summer of 2004. Being taught at a Palmer College means that you learn the “Palmer Package” of core adjusting techniques and styles from the leaders in the profession. Dr. Pedersen has been trained in and routinely uses Palmer adjusting technique to help his patients feel better.

For more information: Palmer College of Chiropractic

Activator Methods

The Activator Method chiropractic technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic adjustments. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960’s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns. We like having the option of using “instrument adjusting” in the office with patients who are contraindicated from other forms of adjusting. Examples include a patient with severe osteoporosis or someone who is afraid of getting an adjustment. We use both the Activator (sometimes patients call it “the clicker”) and the ArthroStim instruments in our clinic. If you would like to experience the many benefits of chiropractic care, but are “afraid of getting your neck cracked,” we invite you to come to contact our office to learn about low-force, instrument adjusting using the Activator.

For more information: Activator Methods

Thompson Drop Technique

This technique uses a precision adjusting table with a weighing mechanism which adds only enough tension to hold the patient in the “up” position prior to the gentle adjustment being given. The appropriate section of the table then drops about ½ an inch. This allows for a specific and relaxed adjustment. This technique is especially effective on acutely painful patients, patient with osteoporosis, and patients who might be afraid of manual manipulation. All our chiropractic treatment rooms at Positive Motion Chiropractic have been outfitted with the latest Thompson Drop tables.

For more information: Thompson Chiropractic Technique

Extremity Adjusting

The benefits derived from adjusting the joints of the spine are equally shared by gently adjusting the bones of the upper and lower extremities. Indeed, fifty percent of the bones of the body are found in the arms and legs and fixations in joint motion can cause pain in our shoulder, wrist, hand, feet... Dr. Brant Pedersen has taken hundreds of hours of advanced training in extremity adjusting which helps him bring relief to many patients who have previously not found relief from “spine-only” chiropractors. At Positive Motion Chiropractic we have trained to be able to deliver extremity adjustments using a variety of technique styles including gentle manual manipulation, Thompson drop, and instrumented assisted/Activator.

Cranial Adjusting

Gently adjusting of the bones of the skull through low-force “respiratory” adjustments can help the thirty bones of the skull to function properly. Through craniosacral therapy and cranial manipulation methods we have helped a wide variety of patients with headaches, TMJ pain/clicking, ADD, migraines, among other conditions. Cranial adjusting is relaxing and calms the whole body.

For more information: SORSI

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) Blocking

SOT is a technique which pays special attention to the two ends of the spine, the sacrum and the occiput( aka the base of the skull). It is these two areas where the dura, the covering of the spinal cord and nervous system, is most firmly attached. Through gentle respiratory and pelvic blocking methods, SOT methods help to remove pressure on the nervous system and bring relief from pain and other symptoms. SOT technique is mainly a non-force technique that is excellent for pregnant patients, the elderly, and those with severe disabilities. Having a patient rest on accurately placed padded wedges, called “blocks,” allows gravity to gently adjust the bones of the spine and pelvis into their correct position. This is the same principle which inversely causes someone who falls asleep on the couch with a pillow improperly under the neck to wake up with neck pain. SOT treatments are painless and relaxing.

For more information: SORSI

Flexion/Distraction Technique

This technique is quite helpful in low back pain and lumbar disc cases. It involves a gentle, low-force adjusting procedure which mixes chiropractic principles with osteopathic principles and utilizes a specialized adjusting table with movable parts to help decompress and heal the intervertebral discs of the lower back. Federally funded research has proven that Flexion-Distraction technique reduces intradiscal pressures and increases intradiscal height & foraminal size. Additional studies show that more than two-thirds of patients report excellent to good improvement with a typical rehabilitation program of twelve treatments. At Positive Motion Chiropractic we have invested in a motorized, state-of-the-art flexion/distraction table to give multiple treatment options to our patients with low back pain.

For more information: Cox Technic