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Dr. Burgess often says:  “There is a technique for every body but there is not just one technique for everybody.”  As Parker graduates we are trained in multiple techniques.

Thompson Technique

Table assisted adjustments that allow the practitioner to maintain the alignment of the spine while returning vertebra to their proper position. This technique was developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson a 1947 graduate of Palmer. Thompson has been proven to be a most effective and safe method of adjusting patients of all ages. Gravity assists in the adjustment allowing it to be a lower force method. The table is set to each individual person’s body so it is a very personalized technique.

Activator Technique

This is a tool assisted adjustment. Developed by Dr’s Warren C. Lee, DC and Arlan W. Fuhr, DC in the 1960’s. Activator technique is a very low force technique that utilizes a full body protocol for determining what vertebra is misaligned and the direction needed for correction. Activator is a very light force technique.


This is the traditional, twist them like a pretzel, technique. Taught in almost every chiropractic college this is one of the original techniques used to remove the subluxation (vertebra in misalignment). Dr. Burgess was lucky enough to be trained by Dr. Alfred States who wanted us to know 3 ways to move every bone in the body using Diversified. This technique is for those who like to “hear” the release of nitrogen from the joint space – the popping.

Extremity Adjusting

Yes, sometimes your feet, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands even need to be adjusted. We use the appropriate technique – Herron method, Charette protocol, activator, or drop table – that works best for your body needs. This is a very specific technique for the correction of misalignment of the small bones of the body.

Concept Therapy

Developed by Dr. Thurman Fleet this is a technique that uses your own body’s land marks to let us know just exactly what we need to treat for your increased health. Concept therapy is not an adjustment but is a way for your body to speak for itself. We were lucky enough to learn this technique in 2008 and are both certified. A wonderful way for the body to communicate its needs to the trained practitioner.

Cranio-sacral Technique

An osteopathic doctor – William Sutherland developed this technique over 100 years ago while studying the cranial bones. This technique is unique in that is used for the balancing of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) between the brain and the sacrum.

Cranial Facial Release Technique

CFR has been used quite successfully in the treatment of various neurological and structural disorders. The objective is to mobilize the bones in the face and cranium and to open up the breathing passageways with the purpose of mobilizing the cranial bones and facilitating normal cranial function. CFR often succeeds where other forms of conventional treatment have failed.


This science has been used for thousands of years in Asia and is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine used to prevent and treat diseases. Restoring your neuro-musculoskeletal system is our focus at Burgess Chiropractic. Since the body is an integrated whole made up of parts – thus the yin/yang. When the flow of energy – qi – is blocked then the body cannot communicate with the brain. Acupuncture is performed to remove the blockages allowing the free flow of qi through the body to allow the body to heal itself.

Graston Technique

This technique is a way of using tools to perform myofascial release. This is a powerful tool for the treatment of old injuries, tendonitis, plantar fascitis, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, etc. It is also extremely useful for sprained ankles/wrists – returning the athlete to performance quickly (usually within days).

Muscle Release Technique

These techniques put muscles in motion while applying opposing pressure to the movement which allows for a release of the muscle tension. This is great for frozen shoulders, tendonitis, range of motion of any joint of the body, and removal of scar tissue that causes pain due to the adhesions.

  • Myofascial release

Removing adhesions between the fascia and the muscle of the body, using our hands, deep tissue work.

  • Rapid Release Technique

Adhesion removal and muscle relaxation using the Rapid Release Tool.

  • Graston technique

Utilizing specific tools to find and remove fascial adhesions, remove inflammation, and promote healing.

  • Trigger Point Therapy

Using the hands to locate and remove small areas of palpable nodules, toxin build up, in the muscles.

  • Cupping Technique

Using small plastic cups that create a vacuum like suction to treat acupuncture points as well as pull the blood up to thesurface of the skin which allows a healing process to take place to the area the cups are applied. The suction from thecups pulls up the deep tissue that releases adhesions allowing your muscles to move without restrictions activating the lymphatic system and clears up blood vessels.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manipulation of skin and muscle tissue for a therapeutic outcome by relaxing skeletal muscles. Massage therapy helps with blood circulation, pain relief and muscle tightness caused by environmental stress, injuries or emotional stress. Once treated as a luxury massage should become another way of taking care of yourself.