Our highly-trained chiropractor, Dr. Jessica J. Barbian-Scherer, studied various techniques from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic and founded the practice in 2002. Some techniques provided by ProActive Spine Center in Naperville, IL are listed below.
This chiropractic technique is the most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors. Like many chiropractic and osteopathic manipulative techniques, Diversified is characterized by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust which means the motion is quick (often before the patient even knows it has occurred) and very light to moderate pressure. Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.
Dr. Scherer uses this technique most often during manual (hands on) chiropractic treatment. It is the most commonly used manual therapy at the office. Neck adjustments are done while laying prone (face down) as the patient is relaxed.
This chiropractic technique was the most commonly taught technique at Palmer College of Chiropractic. The focus of the Gonstead chiropractic adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.
Dr. Scherer uses this technique as well as the Diversified techniques most often in her chiropractic clinic. She grew up very close to the main Gonstead clinic in Wisconsin and knows how well this technique has saved lives. During a Gonstead chiropractic treatment the patient is often seated during a neck adjustment and is a very effective technique.
Over fifty years ago, the Thompson Technique was first unveiled by Dr. J. Clay Thompson. This chiropractic technique is used most often on the pelvis when the patient needs a more relaxed low back adjustment. If a patient requires a prone (face down) adjustment versus a side rotation adjustment, this technique is very effect for those patients. It is less rotation on the spine and pelvis. It is used on the pelvis and sacrum most often but Dr. Scherer will often use this technique to encourage the curve in the neck to be restored. Most often computer use, driving and other habits we have during the day result in a loss in this curve. This chiropractic technique is very effect for those purposes.
Dr. Scherer uses this technique equally as the side posture (low back) adjustment on her patients. It is a very comfortable low back chiropractic technique.
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns.
Incorporating the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations, this unique system of administering spinal adjustments using research-based analysis and the Activator Adjusting Instrument can help restore spinal balance safely and comfortably.
Because of its effectiveness and gentle nature, the Activator Method has grown to become the world's most widely-used instrument chiropractic technique. This technique is one of the most gentle chiropractic techniques available. It is performed using an activator instrument and the adjustment is not done by hand.
Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic is a branch of chiropractic developed and promoted by B. J. Palmer beginning in the 1930s. According to Upper cervical chiropractic, a vertebral subluxation can only occur in upper cervical vertebrae. Therefore this technique places great importance on the anatomical structures of the C1-C2 joint, pointing out that it floats on two toed-in spoon like surfaces and is a potential source of instability. This potential instability of C1-C2 joint is theorized to predispose people to an "adaptational imbalance" in the head/neck region.This chiropractic technique that employs rapid manual thrusts to correct vertebral subluxation complex; does not cause joint cavitation (or a 'pop.')
Dr. Scherer will use this technique if a patient has a severely rotated neck and needs this type of chiropractic alignment. It is not used that often in this clinic, but when needed, it is highly effective.
This chiropractic technique utilizes adjustments to extremities not the spine itself. Many patients suffer repetitive subluxatin and nerve entrapments because the mechanical components (shoulder joint, knee joint, wrist joint) are ignored. This results in ignoring the root cause.
Dr. Scherer frequently adjusts wrists with patients who work on computers all day as well as shoulders, knee, foot, ankle, elbow joints. Repetitive use injuries from work related injuries (computer use, phone use, driving) are very common.
This technique is used very often come allergy season. Many patients beg for this treatment to be performed and several patient come just for this trigger point technique along with a very specific upper neck adjustment. It is highly effective for patients suffering from sinusitis or sinus headaches. This chiropractic clinic is very busy working on our sinus patients from spring through the fall each year. Patients often feel results immediately.
"I was immediately treated, and within one week (3 treatments) I went back to work after hardly even being able to walk. I feel better than I have in the last ten years! I've finally been shown that I don't have to live with back pain. I have been to multiple other chiropractors, and Dr. Scherer and all of her staff are second to none!"