May the skillful use of our hands be so directed that we bring relief to the suffering, strength to the sick and peace of mind to the anxious.

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Controlled Force Adjusting: A Modern Chiropractic Paradigm

After 15 years of providing traditional chiropractic treatment, in 2002 Dr. Shephard discontinued the older method and adopted a modern, gentle form of manipulating the human spine. This new approach is generally referred to as ‘light’ or ‘controlled’ force adjusting. This new development within the chiropractic profession assures increased safety and better outcomes. Dr. Shephard has been pleased with the level of patient satisfaction and the results attained.

What is a controlled force chiropractic method?

Controlled force spinal adjusting employs a specific approach using only as much as is needed to facilitate a response. This is achieved with an FDA approved instrument called the Arthrostimâ„¢. This device, along with several other instruments, consistently achieves remarkably gentle and rapid healing.

How does Arthrostimâ„¢ adjusting differ from traditional chiropractic adjustments?

Motorized adjusting employs a controlled force and concentrates on three key tissue types: osseous (joint), muscle, and ligament. By addressing all three components at each visit, the doctor is able to maximize results. Using the Arthrostimâ„¢ adjusting tool provides pinpoint accuracy in which only the vertebrae and related tissues involved are corrected.

Can the procedure be complemented by other types of treatment?

Certainly. Physical therapy, pain management, exercise rehabilitation and other forms of conventional treatment work nicely in conjunction with our technique.