Carnation, WA


Life in Balance Family Chiropractic offers a wide variety of chiropractic techniques to suit each patient’s needs and preferences.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT):

SOT is a gentle, low-force technique that focuses on alignment of the bottom of the spine (sacrum/pelvis area) with the top of the spine (occiput/skull area).  Hence the term "sacro-occipital."  To adjust the bottom of the spine (sacrum/pelvis area), chiropractic physicians use pelvic blocks.  These blocks are wedge shape and are placed under the patient's hips.  The blocks serve as a fulcrum to allow the patient’s body weight and gravity to do the adjustment, rather than a thrust from the chiropractic physician.  The top of the spine is analyzed based off of muscle fibers located on the occiput bone (bottom of the skull).  These fibers are the body's defense against a problem with an organ system (heart, kidney, liver, etc).





This technique uses an instrument called the activator.  The activator instrument is a spring loaded device that delivers a small impulse. This technique is considered low force and utilizes leg length changes to determine a vertebral misalignment. It is a great tool for elderly patients and people who prefer not to have their necks twisted. It is also a great technique for patients in a wheelchair since they can be adjusted without having to get out of their chair.



Toggle Recoil Upper Cervical:


Toggle Recoil is a gentle, low-force adjustment that is performed without bending or twisting the patient’s neck.  The patient lays on their side while the doctor lightly contacts the side of the upper neck.  The doctor then performs the adjustment by exerting a gentle thrust while the headpiece “drops.”  Typically there are no “popping” or “cracking” sounds that occur with this type of adjustment. 



Drop Table (Thompson Drop):


The Thompson Drop technique utilizes a dropping mechanism in the chiropractic adjusting table.  The chiropractic physician determines the area of subluxation in the spine, then applies a high velocity, low amplitude adjustment to the misaligned vertebra during which the drop piece descends or falls approximately one inch. The dropping motion occurs faster than the patients muscles can respond which helps to facilitate the misaligned vertebra back into its proper place.  Typically less force is used with the drop table mechanism that with a traditional chiropractic technique such as Palmer Package.



Palmer Package (Gonstead & Diversified):


This technique is generally considered traditional chiropractic.  As graduates of Palmer College of Chiropractic – Davenport, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Dodge are well versed in this technique.  The adjustment is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust often accompanied by a cavitation or “pop” sound.  The sound is created by the release of gases within the joint being adjusted and has little to do with the effectiveness of the adjustment.



Extremity Adjusting:


Extremities include shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, feet and toes.  All of these joints have several bones that need to move and articulate with other bones in order to allow for proper motion and function.  Just as with the spine, these areas can become misaligned too.  Adjusting an extremity involves a quick thrust done by the chiropractic physician.  The activator instrument can also be used to adjust the bones in the extremities.



Trigger Point and Myofascial Release:


Trigger point therapy is a form of massage that is particularly useful for patients with soft tissue injuries. With this technique the doctor locates areas in the muscle that demonstrate tenderness and muscle spasms because these contain muscle fibers that are not functioning properly. Applying pressure to the trigger points helps flush stagnant blood and help reset the receptors which sends signals to the brain to help reset motor control.  Myofascial release stretches the fascial connections to reduce tension and reset receptors. Trigger point therapy and myofascial release can be combined with chiropractic care to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.


At Life in Balance Family Chiropractic, we utilize a wide variety of chiropractic techniques to suit each patient’s individual needs.  Why not give us a try and allow us to help you get back on the road to recovery, or maintain a wellness plan.


Front of the Clinic

Life in Balance Family Chiropractic is located at 31722 W. Eugene St. STE 6 Carnation, WA 98014 in the Tolt Town Center by Carnation Market IGA, Blake's Pizza, Mong Kok Chinese Restaurant and Starbucks Coffee.