Gently drawing apart each joint like an accordion allows the spine to reset, and the pumping action enhances soft tissue nutrition and rehabilitation.

Individual drop pieces give way, reducing the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

This technique is easily adaptable to full term pregnant women to provide comfortable, safe and effective care.

B.J. Palmer (developer of chiropractic) demonstrates an upper cervical "toggle" adjustment.

We are especially interested in the “tone” of your body, which is reflected in the tightness of your spinal cord.

Decreased proper forward neck curvature changes the distribution of gravity through the neck causing increased neck tension, pain and triggers headaches.

You may have noticed that there is a wide variety of spinal adjusting techniques available. Much like an artist with their primary colors, Doctors of Chiropractic use a blend of fundamental techniques like an artist combines paints on their palette. While this might be confusing for some, this creativity and innovation often has advantages over conventional "cook book" health care. In skilled hands, the end result is often a masterpiece.

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Infant and child examination and adjusting is very common in our office and we use only age appropriate procedures, adjusting techniques and a very light touch.

Dr. Alter's technique Palette

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S.O.T. & CranialT.M.J. & ExtremityActive ReleaseChiropractic Biophysics


a.k.a. Clinical Biomechanics of Posture (C.B.P.)

A highly specific method of x-ray analyses and full spine postural based system which utilizes "mirror image" adjusting, drop table adjusting, and manual adjusting along with very specific postural based exercise and traction in order to restore the spinal column and posture back towards normal.

Do A Self-Test

To perform a simple self-test, stand in front of a full-length mirror. Close your eyes and nod your head backward and forward a couple of times and stop in your neutral or comfortable position. Open your eyes without moving any body part. If you see any deviation similar to those illustrated below, you are experiencing a systemic postural stress that may be related to subluxation (nerve interference). Picture courtesy of CBP®


SOT stands for Sacro Occipital Technique, a chiropractic technique designed to help normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head.

The Foundation

The integrity of the spine, and the function of the nervous system it protects, begins with the pelvis. This foundation is constantly subjected to the pull of gravity. When stability is lost, it produces effects throughout your body.

The Cranium

Proper control of every cell and tissue of your body is affected by bones of the skull and tension on your spinal cord. Think of your spinal cord as a string on a harp. Is it flexible and healthy? Or stretched and drawn tight?

Blocking the Spine

We may use wedge-shaped devices known as “blocks” to help correct your spine and properly “tune” your nervous system. By knowing exactly where to position these blocks, we use the weight of your body to make corrections, naturally.

Safe and Comfortable

By using gravity and your own body to effect correction, new healthier patterns of spinal function can result. Along with safe, consistent results, SOT is known for emphasizing patient comfort.

Thompson Technique

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

A System of Analysis

Early chiropractors noticed that vertebral subluxations (nerve interference) would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

Terminal Point Table

What patients often notice first is our beautiful segmental “drop” table.

Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface, support each area of your spine until the impulse is delivered. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Popular and Patented

So unique is this approach, Dr. Thompson was granted a patent in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and patient results, it is a technique used around the world.

Cox Flexion-Distraction

This is a gentle, non-force adjusting approach. The thing that most patients notice first is our special table. The movements of this table help traction the spine, opening up compressed spinal discs and reducing pressure on facet joints of the spine.

Named after its developer, Dr. James Cox (Fort Wayne, IN), this highly-effective technique combines osteopathic principles with the specific, highly-directed approach used in chiropractic. The combination offers a conservative resolution of low back and leg pain that often averts the need for surgery.

The Cox Flexion-Distraction technique we use gives us the ability to place spinal joints in a more normal motion and position without pain or aggravating your condition.

By lying on the table, neutralizing the effects of gravity, we’re able to gently separate spinal joints and move them through a more normal range of motion. Patients find this surprisingly pleasant. We find it powerfully effective.

Active Release Techniques® (ART®)

Active Release Techniques® (ART) has become one of most sought after soft-tissue treatments in the world today.

When a muscle tightens up; whether through a repetitive motion, or after it has been injured- swelling occurs, the oxygen supply to the muscles and connective tissues is restricted (hypoxia). The lack of oxygen also causes scar tissue to form. Scar tissue can adhere to muscle fibers, and connective tissue preventing them from sliding back and forth properly, limiting the flexibility of a muscle or joint. Adhesive scar tissue can adhere to nerve bundles, leading to symptoms such as tingling, numbness or pins and needles.

Research has proven scar tissue to be weaker, less elastic, and prone to future re-injury and as much as 1000 times more pain sensitive than normal, healthy tissue. Chronic pain is the result, pain that could remain for years after the initial injury. To avoid the formation of adhesive scar tissue after an injury, healing must take place in the presence of a full range of movement.

Diversified Technique

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

1. Chiropractic care has been proven to be one of the most safe and effective modes of health care available.

2. The techniques used here at Alter Chiropractic Health Services are NOT SCARY.  They are very precise, effective and carry very low risk of injury or complication.


Toggle Chiropractic technique is one of the most researched chiropractic techniques in the world. The technique uses high velocity and low force (fast and light). An adjusting table with a special "drop" piece is often used to facilitate the procedure. The chiropractor focuses attention primarily on the Atlas (the highest neck bone) and the Axis (the bone beneath it). The adjustment is quick and painless. Much of the research done in this area was carried out by BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic.

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