The nervous system coordinates and controls all systems of the body and relates the individual to their environment (Gray’s Anatomy). The nervous system controls and directs every function of the body through the spinal nerves that exit the spinal column. Pressure on spinal nerves and the spinal cord from misaligned vertebra creates pain and a lack of health in the body. For over one hundred years the Doctor of Chiropractic goal has been to adjust or manipulate the spine to reduce nervous pressure and pain. Below are techniques that are used to accomplish this goal. From very precise manual light force adjustments to instrument analysis and adjustment the patients comfort is an important concern.
The Pettibon Procedures are an advanced, scientific approach to Chiropractic that are taught as an elective or at postgraduate level. They exceed the standard chiropractic college curriculum. These procedures include progressive treatment plans. The first plan is based on ligament physiology. Its goal is to get the patient out of pain by causing the uncompensated spine to re-organize into a compensated position. The second plan is based upon muscle physiology. Its goal is to rehabilitate and correct the units of the global spine so it aligns to its gravitational field. The third plan occurs after spinal correction and rehabilitation.
Most knowledgeable patients want to have periodic checkups. They also continue in an active exercise program to arrest and reverses the subluxations effects of their jobs, recreational activities and their life styles.
The Pettibon Procedures are one of the few techniques in Chiropractic that cause measurable changes by using repeatable scientific methods to measure before and after x-rays.
The Pettibon Procedures include instrument adjustment or manipulation by hand s for precise application of correcting forces.
The purpose of the adjustment is to realign the vertebra and enhance motion of spinal units so they may “react” to the body’s environment (gravity). Patients may be instructed in specific in office and at home exercises to speed recovery, stabilize the spine, rehabilitate soft tissue.
Most Batchelor Chiropractic patients after being under care understand the importance of the spine and how important it is to include life time care to their health maintenance care.
Diversified Technique is the most widely used chiropractic manipulative technique. It is the primary technique taught at Palmer Chiropractic College and other Chiropractic schools across the country. Diversified technique is characterized by a very precise high velocity, low amplitude manual thrust. Its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment to the spine. It is a highly useful technique to restore joint dysfunction. The technique is used when indicated.
SomaTrac Axial Inversion Decompression is a comfortable, simple, and effective way to unload the effects caused by gravity compression through natural decompression by gently stretching and exercising the lower back. SomaTrac reduces and unloads painful stress on joints as well as the neck, shoulder, and knees. The traction/inversion table is used for acute and chronic lower back pain.
S.O.T is designed to assist the chiropractor in locating and correcting a primary pattern of body distortion. This is accomplished through evaluation of indicators (pre, during and post treatment), applying basic anatomical/physiological principles, and utilizing novel chiropractic interventions unique to SOT.
Category II involves instability of the sacro-iliac joint causing a dysfunctional relationship between the sacrum and its corresponding ilium. The sacroiliac weight-bearing whole body pattern of imbalance causes proprioceptive compromise due to loss of the body to maintain itself against gravity. This stresses the whole body and can involve the spinal column, extremities, TMJ, and cranial sutural system. When Category II system of stress load accommodation reaches a threshold and can no longer compensate for the increased gravitational load this may lead to Category III.
Category III represents the body’s inability to maintain sufficient weightbearing at the posterior sacroiliac joint and can commonly lead to lower lumbosacral discopathy. DeJarnette described this category relating to nerve root compression or stretch syndrome due to direct involvement of the cartilaginous (discs) joints of the spine. He also determined that related muscles such as the piriformis and psoas need to be considered in both assessment and treatment and that sciatic nerve irritation was a common feature of this category.
A chiropractor practicing the Gonstead technique uses a process known as static palpitation feeling the spine in a stationary position in order to locate areas of swelling, tenderness, and abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and tissues in the back. The technique of motion palpitation involves feeling the spine while the patient is moving and bending into various positions. In this way the chiropractor can determine how each segment in the spine moves in different directions. In the office the doctor also visualizes the structure of the spine via X-ray analysis, which is helpful to evaluate posture, joint and disc integrity. The advantage of Gonstead and Diversified technique is that it requires manual skill and experience to perform. The ability to utilize these two methods allows the Doctor to practice Chiropractic and treat patients outside the office in areas of no electricity or in 3rd world countries. Doctor Batchelor has never turned down a person in need if he thought he could help them. In places such as Malaysia, Costa Rica, Mountains of Russia, Europe, Australia and other far away places Dr. Batchelor’s Chiropractic has proved extremely valuable to those in need.
The ArthroStim is unique in that it produces a rapid thrust and recoil rate of 12 thrusts / second. This frequency is often referred to as the “Low Beta Somato-Motor Rhythm” because of its profound effect on the nervous system. This rapidity stimulates specialized nerve pathways that send messages to the brain called proprioceptors and mechanoreceptors . The patient’s pain sensing nerve pathways that carry pain messages to the brain are called nociceptors.
These nociceptors are not stimulated by the ArthroStim because of the thrust and recoil. This means that the adjustment can be delivered painlessly to patients of all ages. The arthro stim can be used on anyone but in our Clinic it is commonly used on larger than average patients.
The high speed, shallow thrust allows for the accumulation of force that extends beyond the joints into the surrounding support tissues such as tendons and ligaments. This effect releases secondary trigger points and muscle spasm. Patients usually notice a positive difference with the first treatment.
Percussion is a new treatment modality for those who suffer from musculoskeletal pain and myofascial trigger syndrome. It is non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that may serve as a therapeutic alternative to trigger point and epidural injections. Performed on an outpatient basis, the New Dimension VibraCussor Percussion Instrument carries little or no risk and is comfortable.
Individuals who suffer from musculoskeletal pain and local tenderness in areas characteristic for individual muscles or that characterize myofascial trigger syndrome, and in those who experience referred pain in a distribution specific for the individual muscle. The “trigger” or affected area of muscle is firm or hard to palpation; sometimes it has a ropy consistency and may appear contracted or in spasm.
General Indications for VibraCussor Percussion Instrument
- Lymphatic Impairment
- Post exertion muscle fatigue
- Trigger point
The clinical benefits of the New Dimension VibraCussor Percussion Instrument can reduce or eliminate the frequency and intensity of myofascial trigger syndrome and musculoskeletal pain, decrease the need for pain medication and greatly improve the ability to participate in activities of normal daily living.
Developed by Logan founder, H.B. Logan, DC, Logan Basic is one of the lowest-force adjustive techniques. The technique is based on light, sustained force exerted against a specific contact point on the sacrum at the base of the spine. Auxiliary contacts at various points in the spine, or along specific muscles such as the piriformus, also can be used. Basic Technique uses the muscular structure surrounding the sacrum as a lever system for balancing the entire structure of the spine. Dr. Batchelor will use Logan on babies and Toddlers as well as incorporate Pulstar or Activator in their care.
It is considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics in the mother. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers may have significant benefit by having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.
The Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women can help in alleviating sacral subluxation which may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia). see http://icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique.htm
Extremity manipulation is used to mobilize muscles and joints that may be causing musculoskeletal problems. The goal of extremity manipulation and extremity adjusting is to restore mobility and nerve supply to joints and extremities that are affecting the nervous system, causing pain and reducing functional capacity.
Systemic approach which uses pressure to release mayofascial trigger points to restore functional integrity of the body.
The activator is a hand held instrument that produces a light force and used in our clinic to adjust small children.