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The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) involves having the patient lie in a prone position and comparing the functional leg lengths. Often one leg will seem to be shorter than the other. The chiropractor then carries out a series of muscle tests such as having the patient move their arms in a certain position in order to activate the muscles attached to specific vertebrae. If the leg lengths are not the same, that is taken as a sign that the problem is located at that vertebra. The chiropractor treats problems found in this way moving progressively along the spine in the direction from the feet towards the head.

One of the first steps on the road to recovering from these injuries is to make an appointment with your chiropractor.

First, your chiropractor may want to take x-rays to determine if there are serious injuries in the neck or spine. You may not notice the signs or symptoms of this type of injury, so it is important that you consider x-rays.

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 distract (open) the joint during the adjustment. The drop pieces assist the thrust, while minimizing the force required for the adjustment.

One of the first steps on the road to recovering from these injuries is to make an appointment with your chiropractor.

First, your chiropractor may want to take x-rays to determine if there are serious injuries in the neck or spine. You may not notice the signs or symptoms of this type of injury, so it is important that you consider x-rays.

This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/ adjustment 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 adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment).

Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used1. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches2.

The Myovision Muscle scan is a Surface Electromyograph (S-EMG), which measures the electrical potential (essentially, the firing and relaxation signal, measured in microvolts) in a muscle. A muscle in spasm, for example, might have a high evoked potential; a muscle that is relaxed, a low potential. We will use a muscle scan like this to provide objective proof of injury, or perhaps to track recovery. So we will do these scans both for new patients and also in serious injury cases, like Motor Vehicle Accidents and Workers Compensation.

Neck pain may be corrected by performing a chiropractic adjustment to the misaligned area. This can reduce the pain caused by pinched nerves, muscle spasms, and inflammation in the cervical spine.

Electrical stimulation may be used to contract muscles that are weak or not functioning well. E-Stim may also be used to help decrease pain or spasm.

EMS has received an increasing amount of attention in the last few years for many reasons: it can be utilized as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; it could be used as a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients; it could be utilized as a testing tool for evaluating the neural and  muscular functions; it could be used as a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes. The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic the action potential that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The use of EMS has been cited by sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training, and published research is available on the results obtained. In the United States, EMS devices are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Great for relieving pressure on the cervical discs as well as helping to restore an optimal cervical curvature.

Cervical traction devices treat different types and causes of neck pain, tension, and tightness. Cervical traction helps to relax the muscles, which can significantly relieve pain and stiffness while increasing flexibility. It’s also used to treat and flatten bulging or herniated disks. It can alleviate pain from joints, sprains, and spasms. It’s also used to treat neck injuries, pinched nerves, and cervical spondylosis.

Cervical traction devices work by stretching the spinal vertebrae and muscles to relieve pressure and pain. Force or tension is used to stretch or pull the head away from the neck. Creating space between the vertebrae relieves compression and allows the muscles to relax. This lengthens or stretches the muscles and joints around the neck.

These improvements may lead to improved mobility, range of motion, and alignment. This will allow you to go about your daily activities with greater ease.

Low back pain is very common but it is NOT normal. If you or a loved one is experiencing low back pain then it is important to seek treatment sooner rather than later to prevent complications and pain that will inevitably increase over time without proper evaluation and treatment. The spinal structure is the key to discovering what underlying conditions are causing your low back pain. It is important to receive treatment on your low back before symptoms increase and the pain begins to radiate to other areas of your body.

As a general guideline, an X-ray is indicated if it is likely to inform the type of treatment recommended for the patient. In any of the above cases, an X-ray would likely provide critical information that will direct treatment protocols and/or referral options for the patient.

Chiropractors treat and can help prevent injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, knee, and ankle. They’re skilled in chiropractic adjustments of the spine, ensuring that bones are properly aigned and balanced, which helps relieve tension in the body. This allows the body to function better and become less susceptible to injury. The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. This hands-on therapy is often used to treat neck or back injuries but also relieves pain throughout the joints and muscles in the body.

The main reasons athletes suffer sports injuries include forceful impacts, repetitive motions, over-training and failure to warm up properly. Chiropractors can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an injury.

We offer a wide selection of supplements and products to benefit your recovery or day to day lifestyle.

The majority of adults in the United States take one or more dietary supplements either every day or occasionally. Today’s dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and many other products. Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms: traditional tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as drinks and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Supplements can be used to help a vast array of situations – stop by and talk to us about it.

Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, and as pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder—however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder.

Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral body/ies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet.

"After my sports injury, Ballard Chiropractic was able to give me a customized plan that built up my confidence in my rehabilitation. They allowed me to get back out on the golf course healthy and strong! Thank you all so much!"
Jeff L.

Conditions That We Can Help

Listed below are some of the more common issues we face in chiropractic care. We are happy to discuss any situation with you and help figure out what we could do to best increase your quality of life.

1) Auto Injuries
2) Headaches/Migraines
3) Neck Pain
4) Mid Back Pain
5) Low Back Pain
6) Sports Injuries
7) Sciatica
8) Degenerative Disc Disease
9) Fibromyalgia
10) Scoliosis
11) Peripheral Neuropathy
12) Plantar Fasciitis
13) Slip and Fall 



Methods and Services

Listed below are some of the more common methodologies that are applied to relieve the issues we commonly see listed on this page. Don't hesitate to ask for details on the methods we use in house.

1) Activator Methods
2) Thompson Technique
3) Full Spine/Diversified Technique
4) Myovision Muscle Scanning
5) Electrical Muscle Stimulation
6) Cervical Traction Treatment
      – Great for relieving pressure on the cervical discs as well as helping to restore an optimal cervical curvature.
7) Nutritional Supplements
8) On-site X-Ray
Products: Standard Process and Mediherb supplements

Therpy and Relief Treatments

We offer a wide range of services to treat an assortment of conditions - we are here to help. Listed below are some of the more common remedies we prescribe.


Spinal Adjustments
Non-Spinal Adjustments


Soft Tissue & Massage Therapy
Therapeutic Exercises
Therapeutic Stretches
Physical Modalities
Employee Health Training & Education
Dietary & Nutritional Counseling
Lifestyle Modification Counseling

If you have a question about a something, do not hesitate to reach out and ask.