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Our Techniques

Chiropractic care is primarily involved with the skeletal system, the muscle system and the nervous system.  Chiropractic techniques fit into 3 basic models based on these three systems. All chiropractic techniques involve all three systems however, the techniques themselves can be differentiated from one another based on their method of assessment and their method of correction.

  • Segmental or skeletal system centered chiropractic techniques adjust vertebrae that are not in their optimum position back to a more normal position and, in so doing, affect the nervous system first and then the muscle system next.
  • Postural or muscle system centered chiropractic techniques first involve putting tension or relaxation within the muscle system in order to allow an easier structural adjustment to take place.  In so doing, this approach involves the muscle system first which then affects the skeletal system and finally, the nervous system.
  • Tonal or nervous system centered chiropractic techniques are not muscle or bone based but rather focus on the nervous system and the related changes in a person’s physiology.  As such, tonal chiropractic techniques look at the nervous system first. Your chiropractor uses a tonal adjustment to input into the nervous system directly which then affects the muscle system and finally the skeletal system.

Dr. Bruce is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, which is known for providing an extensive and carefully crafted program in chiropractic technique as part of its core curriculum. A wide variety of techniques have been developed by chiropractic innovators, and over the years since its founding in 1897, Palmer has developed what is known throughout the profession as the “Palmer Package.” This is a group of techniques that, once mastered, provide the Palmer graduate with the technique expertise needed to deal with practically any clinical situation that may emerge in practice.

The Palmer Package techniques are mostly organized by regions of the spine, including cervical, thoracolumbar, pelvic and extremity adjusting technique and management. These techniques include:

  • Toggle Recoil (developed by Dr. B.J. Palmer)
  • Diversified (developed by Dr. D.D. Palmer)
  • Thompson (developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson)
  • Gonstead (developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead)

In addition to the techniques described above, Dr. Bruce continually strives to add new information and techniques to his skill set.

He is also proficient in the following Techniques:

  • Webster Technique (Certified)
  • MC2 (Tonal)
  • Activator Methods

Using our state of the art technology combined with hands on skill and experience, Dr. Bruce will likely choose a technique or a variety of techniques, that will be the most effective for you the individual.  Of course, communication between our office and you, our practice member, is absolutely the most important tool that we will use to provide you with an outstanding chiropractic experience.  You are not a number here, and your care and schedule of care will be as unique as you are.