What is an “adjustment?”
An adjustment is the physical correction of a misaligned joint. When a vertebra is misaligned, it may impinge (not ‘pinch’) and exert pressure on a nerve or the spinal cord.
If the vertebra is jammed (similar to a cog wheel getting stuck), the resulting long-term pressure may cause inflammation and abnormal nerve function. The purpose of the adjustment is to un-jam the vertebra and restore its normal movement. When the vertebra is un-jammed, it releases the pressure and restores the normal clarity of nerve impulses between the brain and the body.
Upper Cervical Specific Adjusting
Side Posture Specific
A drop mechanism in the headpiece allows for a light but quick “torqued” adjustment of the atlas, axis and other cervical vertebra. The correction is performed by hand. There is no cracking and zero rotation of the head.
Atlas Orthogonal (AO)
Atlas Orthogonal uses a stylus percussion instrument to perform the upper cervical correction. It is used to adjust the first vertebra in the neck using a the least force of any chiropractic adjustment.
An Activator is a hand-held instrument, which delivers a specific force to a joint within its normal range of motion. The end-result is similar to a manual adjustment, but without the “clicking” and can be performed with a person sitting or lying in a comfortable, neutral position.
Sacro-occipital Therapy (SOT)
Sacro-occipital Therapy uses a series of padded blocks or wedges applied under the pelvis. The wedges create leverage; and the force of gravity works to correct joint misalignments with minimal force applied by the chiropractor.