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Dr. Ryan D. Fisher:
Chiropractic techniques used by Dr. Fisher include, drop table work with Pierce training, upper cervical adjusting with the NUCCA approach, diversified work, and instrument adjusting with the use of a “precision adjustor” and the “arthrostim”. Some of these techniques may be unknown to those who are not familiar with chiropractic treatment, so here is an introduction to each one.
Drop Table/Pierce Technique: This type of treatment includes a specialized table that patients either lay on their stomach or their back. An adjustment is applied to the spine using the “precision adjustor”(a handheld device that delivers a mechanical tapping) creating enough force to overcome the resistance of one or two of the different sections of the drop table. Once an adjustment has been produced, the specific drop section absorbs the force created by the doctor through the instrument and drops approximately ¼” of an inch, allowing that small amount of movement to be partially absorbed by the body, therein, creating a chiropractic adjustment. The “Pierce” technique was first named after Dr. Walter V. Pierce, Sr., who was able to combine the instrument with the operation of the drop table to deliver one of the most specific and effective ways of chiropractic manipulation there is available.
NUCCA(National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Assoc.): As the title states, this technique involves only the atlas or first cervical vertebra. Specific x-rays of the cervical spine are taken to measure and asses the placement of the atlas in connection to the surrounding joints. The application of the adjustment that I have chosen to use also includes another tapping instrument that only effects the alignment of the atlas vertebra initially. The force required to apply the adjustment is significantly low and requires the patient to lie on either their left or right side on a stationary table. It only requires a few minutes of tapping and the patient is asked to reduce the amount of movement of their neck for just the remainder of the day. Results do vary, but can be instantly dramatic depending on the patients need for this particular adjustment.
Diversified Technique: The diversified technique is really a grouping of various manual adjustments that require the use of the doctors’ hands to apply force directly to the region needing the treatment. There are no instruments used with this application and it is considered one of the most common techniques used by chiropractors today.