Full Spine Adjustments

Here at Back to Health Family Chiropractic, we use a number of very specific adjusting techniques to treat our patients. The Palmer Package, developed at Palmer Chiropractic College, involves a variety of adjusting methods including Toggle Recoil, Thompson Drop, Gonstead, Derifield Leg Check and Webster’s Technique. B.J. Palmer, widely known as The Developer of Chiropractic, stated that “A chiropractic adjustment is specific or it is nothing. Dr. Michlin attended Palmer College of Chiropractic where he learned from the masters of these methods. The keys with each technique are precision and gentleness.

Palmer Technique in Ft. Worth

How the Palmer Chiropractic Method Works


The type of adjustment Dr. Michlin uses depends entirely upon the patient’s individual condition and needs. He may use one or more techniques within the Palmer chiropractic method, and he may also utilize other methods if, after diagnosis, he believes they would benefit the patient. The following describes how each of the Palmer Technique methods works:

Toggle Recoil—This aspect of the Palmer chiropractic method focuses on adjusting the upper cervical spine (the vertebrae in the neck, just below the head). The patient lies down on his or her side on a special table and then a specific thrust is administered to help realign these vertebrae. When these upper vertebrae are misaligned, they can cause a chain reaction of malfunction down the entire spine. When they are properly realigned, however, the chain reaction is a positive one, correcting the alignment of the rest of the spine and body to alleviate symptoms. This technique is the precursor to the highly refined Atlas Orthogonal adjusting technique which Dr. Michlin has advanced study and is exclusively Board Certified to use in Fort Worth and North Texas.

Thompson—This part of the Palmer chiropractic method uses a specially-designed table with drop-away sections that enable the force of gravity to help during adjustments, making them gentler.

Gonstead—This method uses advanced diagnostic techniques to determine biomechanical dysfunction of the nerves and the spine; in fact, full-spine x-rays are used to get the “big picture” of a patient’s spinal alignment, and then gentle adjustments are used to make corrections while the patient is lying down, sitting or kneeling (depending on the area to be corrected).

Derifield Leg Check—Subluxation levels are based on the leg analysis to determine what areas that may need to be adjusted. This is correlated with physical examination, x-ray and motion findings, palpation and instrumentation utilized by the Doctor of Chiropractic.

The Webster Technique—Also part of the Palmer chiropractic method, this technique is especially helpful for expectant mothers as it involves alignment of the pelvis. It can be administered while the patient moves in various positions so that the most effective adjustment can be achieved to optimize the position of the mother and the baby for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth experience.

Additional Techniques

Activator Method

The activator method is another mode of treatment our Fort Worth chiropractor uses. A special instrument called the activator applies a gentle force to the affected area and adjust the spine. Even the slightest misalignments can eventually lead to the appearance of differing leg lengths, face pain, headache, migraine, and abnormal blood pressure.

Cox Flexion-Distraction Method

Another effective treatment in our Fort Worth center is the Cox Flexion Distraction method, which is a combination of decompression and adjustments that opens the space between the discs and therefore alleviates pressure on the nerves. Sciatica, auto injury, and fibromyalgia are often treated with this method. 

Dr. Michlin’s carefully examines each patient to determine which methods would best address their health concerns and get them on the road to natural healing and great health. Call us at (817) 810-9111 to schedule an appointment.


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