Doctor of Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractic Techniques Offered

Central to the Logan University Doctor of Chiropractic Degree program is the instruction in foundational chiropractic techniques.

Logan enjoys a long tradition of excellence in teaching Logan Basic and Reinert Diversified as core techniques. Activator Methods and Myofascial Technique have been added to the core techniques to broaden graduates' knowledge and skill. In addition, many other techniques, such as Gonstead and Thompson, remain available for students who wish to further expand their technique knowledge beyond the four core techniques.

Core Techniques

  • Logan Basic Technique

    Developed by Logan founder, H.B. Logan, DC, Logan Basic is one of the lowest-force adjustive techniques. Logan Basic Technique is a system of body mechanics with special emphasis on pelvic and spinal distortions and the subluxations that affect spinal structures. Logan Basic Technique is a light force, full-spine adjusting procedure highlighting the correction of spinal and pelvic pathobiomechanics. This year-long course emphasizes the clinical indicators of spinal distortions, postural evaluation and the utilization of spine X-ray analysis. Students also study chiropractic management of special conditions, such as scoliosis, pregnancy, pediatric care and acute and chronic spinal conditions.

  • Reinert Diversified Technique

    Reinert Diversified Technique may be the most commonly utilized technique in the chiropractic profession. Students participate in a series of Reinert Diversified Technique courses focused initially on chiropractic terminology and conceptual models of pelvic and spinal biomechanics, and learn to analyze and label pelvic and vertebral subluxation complexes. Additionally, manual contacts, vertebral contacts, stances and patient positioning are emphasized during the laboratory portion of the course.

  • Activator Methods® Technique

    Activator Methods® Technique is included as a core technique at Logan. Backed by extensive published research on its effectiveness, the Activator Methods® Technique offers the doctor the flexibility to perform a chiropractic adjustment on a variety of patients, regardless of age or condition.

  • Myofascial Technique

    Myofascial Technique, a soft tissue therapy, is included as a core technique at Logan as it relaxes contracted muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles. This technique is important for students to learn in light of emerging evidence of the myofascial system as a body-wide communication network and its effect on overall health and wellness. Students cover a variety of concepts on various soft tissue therapies and their effect on the myofascial system. In addition, specific soft tissue techniques are offered through numerous elective courses.

Elective Techniques

  • Active Release Technique (ART)

    ART® focuses on muscular and soft-tissue problems. It is based on research indicating that adhesions may develop within muscles and between nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue as a result of both acute and repetitive injuries. The adhesions may affect the function of muscles and change the joint motion, resulting in altered biomechanics and a variety of peripheral nerve entrapment.

    P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP, developed ART®. His treat-techniques and teaching methodologies arise from his work in neuromuscular re-education and Myofascial Release. The Law of Repetitive Motion is a unifying concept, designed to explain how overuse syndromes arise from a variety of events and still fit under one paradigm. Practitioners work with various soft tissues in order to restore optimal function through the release of adhesions. The treatment approach is based on assessing the function of each muscle involved in the overuse syndrome. The technique’s applications are varied and can include care of athletes, office and factory workers alike for a variety of overuse syndromes.

  • Advanced Activator Methods Technique

    Advanced Activator Methods Technique is the next course of study after the core technique, Activator. Review of the prior Activator studies is included with the primary focus on further advanced methods not taught in the previous course. This class will also aid the student wishing to become Advance Certified in the technique.

  • Advanced Basic Technique

    The Advanced Basic Technique builds upon the Logan Basic Technique course, one of the four core courses all students take at Logan. This advanced course refines the student’s understanding and skills in the application of Logan Basic Technique as an adjusting technique including an overview of other adjusting techniques and adjunct procedures, such as chiropractic physiotherapy and exercise that can have an impact on the condition known as scoliosis. Scoliosis is a complex, multifaceted systemic condition and functional and idiopathic scoliosis is the focus of the course. This is a research, evidence-based approach to the condition of scoliosis and its co-morbidities. The importance of case history, radiological, physical, neurological, orthopedic, endocrine, blood and urine exams and their results are discussed. The roles of diet and exercise are also included.

  • Advanced Diversified Technique

    Advanced Diversified continues the Diversified Technique series. The content is designed to increase skills in patient diagnosis, treatment and management using the Diversified Technique methods. Practicing Doctors of Chiropractic present and discuss actual case studies and the outcomes.

  • Applied Kinesiology

    Applied Kinesiology employs a system of muscle testing and assessment of whether certain muscles are found to be consistently weak. Based on this information and patient history, appropriate diagnostic work-ups, including lab work and X-rays, are used. George Goodheart, DC, who developed the technique, identified relationships between certain muscles and the function of corresponding organs. Especially in Europe, some medical doctors and dentists employ Applied Kinesiology to supplement diagnostic information.

    Treatment with Applied Kinesiology includes chiropractic adjustments, using various techniques. Work on affected muscles and reflex systems related to affected muscles, and nutritional programs also may be used. Many practitioners feel that adjusting is easier following Applied Kinesiology muscle work, which helps balance the muscles surrounding the spine.

  • Flexion-Distraction (COX) Technique

    The Flexion-Distraction adjustment procedure and an adjusting table enhanced and developed by James M. Cox, DC, DACBR, are based on a distractive force (supplied with the contact hand) combined with table motion. The Cox table is designed to restore normal physiological range of motion to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal joints. Flexion-Distraction manipulation is a gentle, non-force adjusting procedure that works with the body's natural design to aid it in healing properly.

    Additional goals of the flexion-distraction adjustment include transfer of metabolites into the spinal disc, decreasing intradiscal pressures and decompressing inflamed/compressed spinal nerve roots. Three government-funded grants totaling over $2 million dollars have been awarded for the study of this technique.

  • Gonstead System

    The Gonstead system was developed in 1923 by the late Clarence S. Gonstead, DC. The system uses visual examination, motion and static palpation, instrumentation and full-spine X-rays to determine, with accuracy and precision, where, what, when and how to adjust to obtain specific and consistent results.

    The Gonstead system utilizes the full-spine approach with emphasis on the subluxation/compensation mechanism and the level disc concept. Heavy emphasis is placed on differentiating between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and the symptoms related to each. This assists the chiropractor in the quest to find and correct the specific subluxation. Specific equipment, including the Knee Chest, Pelvic Bench, Hylo Tables and the Cervical Chair, is utilized in the application of the adjustive technique.

    All chiropractic students are required to learn the Gonstead listing system, which describes body mechanics and the specific direction of vertebral subluxations. This system is included in state and national chiropractic board exams.

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

    Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is an intense hands-on study of soft tissue treatment utilizing state-of-the-art tools to mobilize aberrant soft tissue issues such as adhesions and scar tissue throughout the entire body. Soft tissue as an adjunctive method is also discussed.The course includes all equipment.

  • Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT)

    SOT developer Bertrand DeJarnette, DC, was a wealthy former engineer who used much of his fortune funding research on why chiropractic works. Dr. DeJarnette concluded that structural changes affecting the dura can affect any area of the spine. The dura covers the entire central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord). Dr. DeJarnette based his conclusions in part on the fact that adjusting one segment of the spine may bring about a change in another area of the spine.

    Dr. DeJarnette was interested in research showing that cranial bones move and theorized that structural changes of the cranial bones could affect the movement of cerebrospinal fluid. Thus, SOT addresses positioning of the cranial bones, using a method known as craniopathy.

    "Blocking," the method preferred by many SOT practitioners for addressing pelvic subluxations, involves blocks placed beneath the pelvis, with the patient lying face-up. The goal is to normalize joint positions on both sides of the spine simultaneously. SOT integrates with other chiropractic systems, allowing for use of a variety of techniques within the SOT system. Practitioners also often provide nutritional counseling to patients.

  • Thompson Technique

    Developed by Clay Thompson, DC, Thompson Technique uses an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven, segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the patient’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted. The doctor thrusts at high speed, using minimal force, because while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.

    Leg length checks, palpation, X-rays and other appropriate tests are used by the Thompson practitioner in determining where to adjust. Dr. Thompson was the personal physician of chiropractic founder B.J. Palmer, DC. However, unlike the Palmers, Dr. Thompson advocated adjustments addressing any joint dysfunctions, in the spine and in extremities.

  • Upper Cervical Specific

    Upper Cervical Specific Technique, developed by chiropractic founder D.D. Palmer, DC and refined by his son, B.J. Palmer, DC, focuses on the Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC). The complex is usually considered to include the three osseous components at the top of the human spine: The Occiput (skull, or CO), the Atlas (Cl) and the Axis (C2). The technique focuses on specific corrections to the structure of the Atlas complex to restore correct structure to it and thus, to promote optimal function of nerves related to the complex.

    Upper Cervical Specific is a toggle recoil technique, in which the adjustment establishes motion, following the proper line of correction, and the segment finds its natural position innately. Upper Cervical Specific procedures differ from techniques that utilize Gonstead listings in that Upper Cervical’s 12 atlas and eight axis listings (misalignments) are compared relative to the foramen magnum (the opening in the bones at the base of the skull).

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