Coventry, RI Location: (401) 822-3676
Swansea, MA Location: (508) 375-3844

Chiropractic | Four Winds Chiropractic – Coventry, RI & Swansea, MA

Chiropractic

Our Chiropractic Techniques

Dr. Jeff has learned a wide spectrum of techniques from his chiropractic education and his 15-plus years of experience. We may combine our chiropractic techniques with other methods, such as massage therapy, physiotherapy modalities, stretching and exercise or nutritional counseling to best meet your individual needs.

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

Diversified Technique

A special hand arrangement called a “pisiform contact” is used to deliver a specific thrust at the right place and the right time.

After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints.

A special hand arrangement called a “pisiform contact” is used to deliver a specific thrust at the right place and the right time.

At Four Winds Chiropractic, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.” First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.

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.

After gently lowering you to a prone position, individual drop pieces give way, reducing the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

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 subluxation complexes 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 vertebral subluxation complex was in the upper, middle or lower back.

After gently lowering you to a prone position, individual drop pieces give way, reducing the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

Terminal Point Table
What patients often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality.

Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface support each area of your spine until the thrust 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.

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

We use a special table so we can traction your spine, opening up the spacing between spinal vertebrae and relieving pressure to spinal.

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

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, 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.

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust.

We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.

First the Evaluation

We begin by analyzing how well your spine moves. We test how well you turn and bend. While you’re lying face down, we’ll evaluate the length of your legs. This simple procedure can reveal significant differences in leg lengths. Click here to try a simple leg-length home test.

This time-tested protocol tells us if vertebral subluxation complexes exist and their location. It also helps us know when to adjust and when not to adjust.

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

The Adjusting Instrument

The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.

Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.

The Follow Up

After your adjustment, we retest to make sure changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.

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

Sacro Occipital Technique helps normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head, using gravity to make the necessary correction.

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

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 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.

Cranial Soft Tissue Work

Massage Therapy

Your muscles have memory. When you receive a chiropractic adjustment it alters your nervous system and re-educates it to hold a new pattern. Massage enables this process to speed up, getting you well faster.

Orthotics

Your feet are a main foundation for your body and need attention just like any other part does. This can be the underlying cause of bigger problems. We offer both custom and general orthotics options.

We also utilize heat, ice, therapeutic exercises, and nutritional counseling if we determine it would help you get back to optimal health.

Electrical Stimulation

We use this special type of low level electrical current to stimulate supporting muscles of your spine, reducing inflammation and spasm.

Also known as EMS, Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a form of electro therapy that uses a special type of electrical current to stimulate specific muscles.

With strategically-placed electrode pads, low levels of electrical current excite the targeted muscles producing rhythmic contractions.

Many Different Types

There are many types of electrical stimulation. Some are used to promote pain relief, reduce inflammation, avoid muscle atrophy and lessen muscle spasm:

Low Volt – For reducing muscle spasm and pain relief.

High Volt Galvanic– Muscle spasm reduction.

Russian Stimulation– Muscle strengthening.

Interferential– Pain and inflammation reduction.

Iontophoresis – A pain and swelling reduction technique.

Micro Current – Increase cellular metabolism to enhance healing.

We choose the approach that best matches your particular clinical presentation.

What Does EMS Feel Like?

The adhesive electrodes are applied to specific muscle groups that may be affected by pain and inflammation.

At first, the electrical impulses can produce a slight tingling sensation. The impulses mimic the signals normally coming from your nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. As your body accommodates this muscle excitation, the intensity of your treatment may be slightly increased for maximum effect during the course of your 10- to 20-minute treatment.

Are you wondering if our methods could be exactly what you need to feel great? Give us a call to discuss your health today. (401) 822-3676

Coventry Location

137 Sandy Bottom Rd
Coventry, RI 02816
(401) 822-3676

Swansea Location

1738 GAR Highway
Swansea, MA 02777
(508) 375-3844