Adjusting Techniques


When Chiropractic and Technology Meet

Advances in computers and engineering technologies have converged with chiropractic adjusting to analyze and treat the human body in such a way that was never before realized. The PROAdjuster utilizes a precise oscillating stimulus with uninterrupted motion which responds and registers information faster than your body’s ability to react – giving the doctor a precise and accurate picture of the extent of rigidity or fluidity of each vertebra. Plus, the “light-hands” technique is done comfortably, while you’re sitting in an upright position and without any turning or sudden movements!

A Revolutionary Adjusting Technique
This delicate approach revolutionizes the way you think about chiropractic, and
eliminates the fear element of spinal adjustment – a commonly shared perception.

wand_000.jpgThe FDA Approved PROAdjuster:

• Utilizes sophisticated computerized analysis to quickly pinpoint problem areas – in real-time
• Charts the results graphically on a computer monitor
• Applies gentle, resonant force impulses precisely to the affected area
• Completely eliminates the fear element of spinal adjustment – it’s a “light-hands” approach

If you are new to chiropractic, or simply seek a consistent spinal analysis and a gentle adjustment – one that is precise and easy on the body – with no turning or sudden movements, then the PROAdjuster at Scituate Harbor Chiropractic is the ideal solution for you.

For more details on the Sigma Instrument, visit the Sigma Instrument website.

Activator Methods

Activator Methods is based on the postulate that understanding body mechanics and force is the key to understanding how to move bones. A leg test is utilized to tell the doctor if the subluxation exists, chiefly in the lumbo-sacral area or cervical region of the spine. With further research into body mechanics, W.C. Lee D.C. and A.W. Fuhr D.C. were able to analyze the body and produce from the analysis consistent changes using a light non-force specific chiropractic adjustment. Lee and Fuhr understood that force was not necessary to correct subluxations in the body.

Two components are necessary for fast, effective reduction of nerve pressure caused by subluxations. They are speed and line of drive. Speed and line of drive are what make chiropractic the distinct and dynamic art and science that it is. The activator instrument was designed to deliver this specific dynamic thrust. It is a small hand-held gun-type mechanism that delivers a sharp percussive thrust upon triggering. The activator instrument controls the force and speed of the adjustment exceptionally well and with the activator, the line of drive can be more specific.


Diversified Technique is the classic chiropractic technique, developed by D.D. Palmer, DC. and taught in all chiropractic colleges. Diversified Technique was refined and developed by the late Otto Reinert, DC, to address biomechanical failure in each section of the spine, as it relates to specific subluxation. The focus is on restoration to normal biomechanical function, and correction of subluxation. In addition, Diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports injuries and other injuries.

Diversified adjusting of the spine uses specific lines of drives for all manual thrusts, allowing for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine. X-rays and case histories are used in analysis and diagnosis. No instruments are used in the adjusting procedure. Motion palpatation and full spine, hands-on techniques are used to deliver a deeper thrust, which makes an osseous (popping) sound as the adjustment is given.

Cox Flexion Distraction Technique

Thompson Technique

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