Techniques

Used by Dr. McDonald

PALMER PACKAGE
The Palmer Package is a variety of techniques taught at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the birthplace of chiropractic in 1895. This basically means that Dr. McDonald was taught several techniques then was able to decide what techniques he felt worked best. Dr. McDonald actually taught a technique class at Palmer for a year after he graduated.
DIVERSIFIED
This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation that includes most of the procedures taught at chiropractic schools. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation is a quick, shallow thrust that usually results in the "popping" noise that is associated with a chiropractic adjustment.
GONSTEAD
This hands-on technique often involves adjusting the low back or pelvis as the patient lies on his side. This is used it to realign joints, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. Dr. McDonald uses Gonstead to adjust lower backs.
COX FLEXION/DISTRACTION
This is a specific chiropractic technique that uses mechanical and hands-on technique utilizing a special table where the spine is tractioned and flexed forward. This technique is primarily utilized to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniations, non-disc spinal disorders, and to increase mobility of spinal joints.
THOMPSON TECHNIQUE
This is a specific chiropractic method and is a variation of the Diversified technique that uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments can be cocked up a fraction of an inch, so when the thrust is delivered, the table will drop this fraction of an inch. The object of the drop is to open the joint during the adjustment. The drop pieces assists the thrust, while minimizing the force required for the adjustment. This may or may not produce the "popping" sound associated with a chiropractic adjustment.
ACTIVATOR
This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based adjustment protocol. Instead of the manipulating forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. Activator is not Dr. McDonald's primary treatment and is used for patients who may not desire manual manipulation or where manual manipulation may be contraindicated.
Extremity Manipulating/Adjusting
This is the application of chiropractic adjustment to joints other than those of the spine, i.e., shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand/finger, hip, knee, ankle/foot/toe. Examples of conditions treated by extremity adjustment: carpal tunnel syndrome, gait, or posture-related problems.