Techniques Used

Find Out Which Chiropractic Techniques Dr. Renee Uses Everyday

Dr. Renee utilizes several different adjusting techniques in her practice, some of which are not commonly practiced in the Greater Sudbury Area.  Dr. Renee often incorporates many different techniques in the management of a practice member.  Determination of what techniques will be used is always made based on a few different factors, most importantly patient comfort level.  Learn more about these techniques below.


This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught in chiropractic institutions. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high velocity, low-amplitude thrust delivered by hand and possibly with assistance from a table or block. This usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body and is the primary technique used by the doctors in our office.


This technique is one of the most popular “low force” approaches to chiropractic in the world, because we use an adjustment instrument called The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument, which is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust. This is extremely beneficial for elbows, wrists, knees, and other joints of the body, but can be used to adjust the spine as well.


Accustim Adjuster is an adjustment tool that assists Chiropractors in adjusting the patient and manipulating segments of the spine. The Accustim sends 12-14 thrusts per second when the trigger is held down, which in return helps to stimulate the spine and provide a better range of motion. Although there are several different techniques that can be used by chiropractors to help adjust or manipulate your spine, chiropractors prefer Accustim Adjuster tool as it helps patients that find a traditional adjustment applying too much force or for those suffering from osteoporosis and require a gentler approach. The Accustim tool is able to isolate specific segments of the spine, and then use this pin-point accuracy to make minute adjustments that can have a big impact on mobility. These tiny thrusts have shown remarkable results in the patients range of motion.

Sacro-Occipital Technic

Sacro-Occipital Technic (SOT) was originally formulated by Major Bertrand DeJarnette in the 1920’s. Dr. DeJarnette was inspired to go beyond simple spinal adjusting and developed methods of correcting the Cranium, Pelvis, Extremities and Organs. This study brought about a system of adjusting patterns in the body, not just single body parts. The most significant pattern was the relationship between the sacrum and occiput (which became the name of the technique).  The hallmark of this technique is the use of low force adjustments in order to affect the overall tone of the nervous system.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.

The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupressure skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

New Dimension Percussor

New Dimension Percussor percussive therapy is an exciting new treatment approach for muscle and ligament problems and related myofascial conditions.

The percussive instrument delivers waves of percussive impulses deep into the tissues of the body. The VibraCussor® has a 12-speed switch with a range from 8 cps to 52 cps. The calibrated speeds enable a practitioner to easily return to preferred frequencies for specific protocols. 

New Dimension percussive therapy is very effective for releasing muscles. The New Dimension compression waves promote an increase in circulation and lymphatic flow and a decrease in muscle spasm. The percussor can be used to 'warm-up' muscles and set proper tonus prior to athletic events. This instrument can also be used following an event or exercising, to 'flush' muscles and minimize soreness.

The repetitive pumping action of the New Dimension Percussor is ideal for releasing joints. The power of multiple percussive waves accumulates to loosen up 'stuck' areas without using heavy thrusting forces. Additionally, these waves heighten neurological awareness of specific areas of the body and facilitate energetic normalization.