Techniques Used

Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractors most often use their hands when performing adjustments, but they may also use equipment to assist in the process. A person’s treatment and results will vary from one to another and there are a few techniques that all chiropractors are familiar with.

The techniques used at Caring Hands Chiropractic are suitable for all ages and life stages (pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors)

Sarah uses a combination of Activator, Diversified, SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique), Drop Piece, and Applied Kinesiology. She is also skilled in performing the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) and using Frequency-specific microcurrent (FSM).

Gillian uses a combination of Activator, Thompson (Drop Table), Diversified, SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique), and Logan.

Catherine uses a combination of Activator, Diversified, SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique), and Drop Piece. Catherine also does dry needling in clinic.


An activator is a tool that delivers a small, focused and very low force to an area. It can be used to adjust joints and also to release trigger points or ‘knots’ in muscles.






Applied Kinesiology is a muscle-based technique that uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. There are points all over the body and skull which are used to rebalance the body.

Diversified Technique
involves your
chiropractor manually placing pressure through the affected vertebral segment in order to restore proper movement.





Drop Piece uses the assistance of the chiropractic table. Once cranked up the piece drops a small distance. This increases the speed of the adjustment and can be used on any area of the spine.






Logan Technique is used to directly or indirectly normalize the position of the sacrum. Proper leverage, applied lightly at a precise spot will induce a response in the spine and muscles of the spine creating a balance in their pull upon the vertebrae.



Manual adjustments
involve a gentle force that is delivered by hand. It may produce a sound. This sound is simply gas being released from the joint, just like when you crack your knuckles.  It may sound loud, especially when given to the top of the spine as the sound is closest to the ears.

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is a mind-body stress-reduction technique that uses a method of finding and removing neurological imbalances related to the effects of unresolved stress on our bodies. NET is a tool that helps improve the health of the mind and body.

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a technique focusing on restoring the flow of fluid around the brain and spinal cord. It involves placing wedges underneath the pelvis to remove the ‘twist’ or imbalance that may be causing a difference in your leg length.

Thompson Technique (Drop Table) uses a protocol of comparing leg lengths whilst a patient lays face down on a specially designed segmented table at an angle that provides a more natural position for effective adjustments.


Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) Therapy

Frequency-specific microcurrent (FSM) is a technique for treating pain by using low-level electrical current. The current is delivered to certain parts of your body in an attempt to relieve pain.

During FSM treatment, various frequencies can be used to potentially reduce swelling (inflammation), repair tissue, and reduce pain.

When you’re treated with FSM, your healthcare provider uses a special device to deliver a mild electrical current to certain parts of your body. The electrical current used in this treatment is extremely mild — one-millionth of an ampere. Such a small amount of electrical current is safe. Interestingly, the human body actually produces its own current within each of your cells.

There are certain groups of people who shouldn’t receive FSM treatment, including:

  • People with pacemakers.
  • People with implanted pumps.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People who have uncontrolled seizures.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a modern treatment designed to ease muscular pain. Its popularity is growing.

During dry needling, a practitioner inserts several filiform needles into your skin. Filiform needles are fine, short, stainless steel needles that don’t inject fluid into the body. That’s why the term “dry” is used.

Practitioners place the needles in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or hard muscle.

Dry needling practitioners say the needle helps release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. The needles will remain in your skin for a short period of time. The length of time depends on the practitioner. 

For more information and the process of dry needling, please visit our Healthy Lifestyle Blog post by Catherine here

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