Examples of Force Techniques
While force techniques include a number of different methods, Dr. Langford focuses on three in particular at his office.
Developed by the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, this method is considered the classic chiropractic technique and is the one with which patients are most familiar. Often supplemented with the aid of a table or blocks, it relies on high-velocity adjustments aided by long levers.
Overall, the diversified technique provides very quick readjustment and can be used for most joints in the body. However, the high velocity of the thrusts results in the stereotypical popping noises, which can make some patients nervous.
More a grouping of techniques than a specific method, the Gonstead technique was developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead during the mid-twentieth century. Although the term encapsulates a broad range of methods that Dr. Gonstead developed through his career, it is most often used to describe a specific style of adjustments. This hallmark method realigns neck with a quick twist while patients sit upright, rather than laying on their front. While effective, it is one of the more intense techniques Dr. Langford uses at the office and is only recommended when necessary.
Where diversified techniques are used to address misalignments throughout the body, Gonstead techniques focus primarily on those in the spine that can potentially lead to systemic problems. Using short-levered thrusts, practitioners can provide shallow, precise adjustments. Consequently, while diversified techniques are taught as part of typical chiropractic education, Gonstead techniques require additional certification.
Dr. Langford performs force techniques to adjust particularly difficult or stiff misalignments with notable results.
Also known as the cranial condyle technique, this chiropractic method was developed to balance the effects of the left and right sides of the brain. It is based on a theory of neural imbalance that in times of stress, the dominant side of a person’s brain may try to pick up slack for the non-dominant side, resulting in under-stimulation of the corresponding side of the body.
This shift can, in turn, lead to an imbalanced skeletal system and undermine the function of muscles and nerve systems of the body. The alphabiotic technique is intended to undo the effects of this overstimulation by “resetting” the nervous system by using a specific adjustment of the occipital bone of the head.
Ease Stiff Joints
While not appropriate for every patient, Dr. Langford performs force techniques to adjust particularly difficult or stiff misalignments with notable results. Reach out online or by phone at (619) 585-3611 to set up an appointment and discuss your case with the doctor to learn if they might be suited to your case.