Quantum Spinal Mechanics 3 (QSM3)
QSM3 was invented by Russell Friedman DC, who is also certified in NUCCA, Orthospinology, and BSME, and is an incredibly gentle yet effective Tonal technique that focuses on the entire body and its functions by tapping into and allowing our bodies to more easily express its own Innate Intelligence. By accessing myofascial envelopes found throughout the body via the neck, we can improve a patient's posture and physiology, thereby improving energy and life. Dr. Reeve likes to describe the QSM3 adjustment as, "Applying what feels like a gentle massage on the side of the neck, to release the 'bad' tension, while leaving the 'good', necessary tension.".
To utilize this technique, Dr. Reeve combines what he sees on your x-rays, along with measuring several points of your posture to determine exactly how he's going to adjust you. Then he will instruct you to lay on on side or another on the table and he will adjust you. He will then ask you to stand up and walk around a bit before he checks your posture again for what's known as a "post check". If these postural points change enough and in the way he feels indicates Innate Intelligence should respond at your current stage, then that part of the adjustment is complete. If he's not satisfied, and thinks your posture can improve even more at this time, then he may have you lay on the other side, or the same side again and repeat the process once or twice more before moving on with the visit.
Another technique we use is an adjusting technique commonly referred to as “Diversified”. Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend in certain ways. Leg checks may also be performed to uncover imbalances in the neck or lower spine. With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth, and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice, and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound is called cavitation, and is not always an indicator of the effectiveness of the adjustment. In other words, there may or may not be an audible sound from each adjustment, but the doctor will perform post checks to ensure each subluxation was corrected. While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP)
CBP® Technique emphasizes optimal posture and spinal alignment as the primary goals of chiropractic care while simultaneously making improvements in pain and functional based outcomes. The uniqueness of CBP® treatment is in structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture. We’ll take pictures (x-rays) of your spine, compare the images with published standards, and then we’ll point out any deviations we see. These findings, like with all of our techniques, will direct our specific care recommendations.
The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort. Early chiropractors noticed that subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle, or lower back. A hallmark of this technique, is that individual sections of the table rise up a little under the patient, then, as the doctor applies his/her thrust, the section drops quickly under the forces of gravity, thrust, and the patient's body and thereby reducing the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine. This often makes a fair amount of noise, but is actually fairly gentle on the patient and results in "more bark than bite" so to speak.
We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world. While you’re lying face down, we’ll evaluate the length of your legs. This time-tested protocol tells us if subluxations exist and their location. It also helps us know when to adjust and when not to adjust. The Activator Methods® Adjusting instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a precise and consistent low-force yet high-speed thrust. Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body. In fact it is so gentle, this is typically how we adjust newborns in our office .
Corrective Care Protocol
After symptomatic relief, patients are offered the option to pursue Corrective Care. This is where dramatic, longer-lasting spinal changes are made. This is done through a specific protocol of adjustments, traction, and simple exercises done at home and/or in our office during each visit.
- Adjustments help restore segmental integrity to the spine, decrease abnormal weight distribution, and avoid or slow spinal degeneration.
- Traction delivers a constant force to help retrain and remodel the spine to counter the effects of long-standing postural distortions.
- Exercises, designed for each patient’s particular spinal abnormality, are used to strengthen weaker areas of the spine.