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Chiropractic Adjustments

"The treatment and techniques used should fit the patient, not the other way around."

At Positive Motion Chiropractic we often hear our patients say:

"How did you figure out what was causing my pain so quickly?"

"Why did I mess around with this pain for months/years prior to coming here?"

At Positive Motion Chiropractic we believe that good healthcare should consistently deliver measurable and lasting results. Our team is trained in a variety of chiropractic techniques that enable us to provide a safe and effective alternative to drugs, injections, and surgery.

After their first treatment at Positive Motion Chiropractic most patients have two statements: “That was it?”  and “Wow, I already 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.

Below is an introduction to some of the key chiropractic techniques that we employ to achieve the exceptional results that our patients deserve.

Sports Chiropractic Care

Dr. Brant Pedersen during a Sports Medicine rotation at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

Athletes demand results. Fast! They have a championship game or Olympic qualifier approaching. And they can't take time off from their practice routine. They need to get out of pain and eliminate performance limitations. As sports chiropractors that is what the Positive Motion Chiropractic team is trained for and delivers each day to our patients. 

The cutting edge of musculoskeletal medicine - the science of muscles and joint problems - 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, gender, profession, or athletic ability, deserves to have access to the best medical care. That's why we treat each patient using our sports medicine approach.

Dr. Pedersen has done post-doctoral studies in the specialty of sports medicine and after board examination in 2008 earned the title of Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP®) from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP). This specialization and advanced training has offered Dr. Pedersen the opportunity to work with thousands of professional and Olympic athletes, including multiple sports medicine rotations treating the world's most elite athletes at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Applied Kinesiology (AK)

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that uses muscle testing to evaluate and balance your muscles. The 650 muscles in your body stabilize, as well as move, your joints. It is focus on your muscular balance and stability that allows our chiropractors to achieve rapid and lasting results for many conditions.

We know that our patients have better things to do than see their chiropractor over and over for the same complaint. Our training in Applied Kinesiology allows us to get to the source of your body's imbalance and make a lasting correction. Our specialization in Applied Kinesiology is fundamental to what separates our results from that of many other chiropractors.

Palmer Diversified Technique

Daniel Palmer was the founder of the chiropractic profession in 1897. The first chiropractic school was built in his hometown of Davenport, IA. Palmer College of Chiropractic is considered by many to be the Harvard of the chiropractic profession and nearly one-third of all practicing chiropractors throughout the world are Palmer graduates. Dr. Brant Pedersen 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. 

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 our office with patients who are contraindicated from other forms of adjusting (ex: severe osteoporosis) or someone who has avoided chiropractic care because they don't want to hear the "pop" of a traditional chiropractic adjustment.

We are trained in and routinely 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 set up a complimentary consult to learn about how we use instrument adjusting, like the Activator tool, to get our patients feeling better without having to use manual chiropractic adjustments.

Thompson Drop Technique

Thompson Drop Technique utilizes a specialized table with a precision mechanism that allows for specific and relaxed adjustments. Based on patient preference and clinical presentation we utilize our training in Thompson Drop Technique to get our patients feeling better and back to doing what they love. This technique is especially effective on acutely painful patients, patients with osteoporosis, and patients who might be afraid of manual manipulation. All our chiropractic treatment rooms at Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos have been outfitted with the latest Drop tables.

Extremity Adjusting

Dr. Brant Pedersen helping a dancer with foot painThe 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, elbow, wrist, hips, knees, and ankle/feet.

Many chiropractors don't work on extremities, isolating their treatment to the spine only. As sports chiropractors, we have advanced training in extremity diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Indeed, about fifty percent of the injuries that we treat at Positive Motion Chiropractic are in the extremities. Conditions such as sprained ankles, shoulder pain, tennis and golfer's elbow, and knee pain.

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