The Activator is the most widely used chiropractic instrument. Studies show improvement with the Activator Method. It also has been compared to other techniques and proven to be just as effective. This means that for many patients an Activator adjustment could very well lead to the same outcome as a manual adjustment. This offers chiropractors and patients an alternative to manual adjusting when it is preferred for clinical reasons.
Chiropractic is concerned with the detection and correction of fixations in the spine and other joints of the body where there should be movement. These fixations are known as subluxations. Proper motion of joints allows for full range of motion in the body, reduces wear and tear on muscles tendons and ligaments and therefore pain, and helps your brain perceive your body better through a sense called proprioception or joint position sense. This is important information for our brain to know how to take care of our body, how to hold us upright against gravity, keep us balanced and have proper coordination. When proprioception is absent, it’s replaced with something called nociception which can be interpreted as pain, but not necessarily. Nociception does cause alarm to our brain and can contribute to the launching of our fight or flight response. Restore movement to a subluxated joint and good things happen.
The goal of the Diversified Technique is to reduce nerve interference. There are no special or unique procedures needed. Patients are assessed using these various mechanisms: history and basic examination (orthopedic and neurologic), palpation, x-ray, leg checks and reflex procedures as well as others.
The procedure involves analyzing the full spine and extremities. The majority of adjustments used in Diversified are manual adjustments, HVLA (high velocity, low amplitude), or long lever manipulations aimed at cavitating the joint and creating an audible release. This sound is known by patients as the “popping” or “cracking” sound associated with adjustments. Some chiropractors utilize specialized equipment such as drop tables or pelvic blocks.
Here at Thrive Chiropractic we want to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Our goal is to help you achieve total health and balance with your body. In order to achieve that goal, we are here to offer specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to help you maintain a healthy weight.
Chiropractic care is not just for adults. In fact, more and more parents are noticing the many benefits of their children seeing a chiropractor. Adjustments for babies and children are very gentle. Parents report noticing improved sleep, improved behavior and attitude, and improved immune system function. It’s no surprise, when we feel better we function better. Children encounter many physical stresses in their life that you may not realize. These stresses can cause adaptations in your child’s spine. Fix them now and they’ll thank you later!
At Thrive Chiropractic, we offer a conservative approach to caring for you during pregnancy. Our prenatal care is gentle and safe for you and your baby. We aim to alleviate the stress and strains of pregnancy, delivery and postnatal recovery. We understand the physical changes that your body is going through, and we offer relief without using any drugs. Dr. D is Webster Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Polyvagal & Trauma Informed Care
Polyvagal Theory provides a lens for a chiropractor to view how and why your body may be stuck in a state of activation or stress or a state of social disengagement and isolation. By providing safe inputs into your nervous system, chiropractic adjustments along with soft tissue work, helps bring your body to present time and into a feeling of safety. Chiropractic is not mental health care. We often refer to specialized care providers in and around our Baltimore community who we can work closely with to help you reach your health goals.
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