At Chiropractic Arts Center of Austin, P.C., we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different chiropractic techniques utilized in our Austin chiropractic office, but please call us at 512-346-3536 if you have any questions!

Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractic Care

We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing highly developed chiropractic techniques including Chiropractic Biophysics, Diversified, Cox Flexion-Distraction, Toggle Recoil, Activator, and Webster. As a chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced and corrective chiropractic techniques, Dr. Michele Gerard has years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine. Chiropractic care can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness.

We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing highly developed chiropractic techniques including Chiropractic Biophysics, Diversified, Cox Flexion-Distraction, Toggle Recoil, Activator, and Webster.

Chiropractic Biophysics

This technique was developed by Donald Harrison, PhD, DC, MSE in 1980. The basic goal is to restore abnormal spinal postures to normal so that your spine can better resist the forces of gravity and distribute loads evenly throughout the spine and extremities. These adjustments increase ranges of motion and can help prevent further degeneration. Abnormal postures are set up in MIRROR-IMAGE* postures, and full spine adjustments are performed using drop tables or with a hand-held instrument. X-rays are generally used with this technique for pathology, bio-mechanical analysis of spinal misalignment and for spinal curves. They are also used to monitor spinal changes to normal alignment.

Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) is the most published chiropractic technique with over 125 peer reviewed spine and chiropractic research publications. For more information on CBP, visit their website at

Diversified Technique

This classic chiropractic technique, was developed by D.D. Palmer, DC, and is taught in all chiropractic colleges. It addresses biomechanical failure in each section of the spine, as it relates to specific subluxation and focuses is on restoration to normal function as well as correction of subluxation. Diversified adjusting of the spine is done by hand and uses specific, high velocity, low amplitude thrusts, allowing for comfortable, effective correction of the distortions and subluxations of the spine.

Toggle Recoil

The Toggle Recoil adjustment is a specific, effective and gentle technique used to correct subluxations of the upper neck (C1 and C2, also known as the Atlas and/or Axis). This adjustment is performed with a firm pressure on the subluxated vertebra as the head piece of the table “drops” a short distance. Most patients feel as though very little or nothing has happened, although correction of this area has many far reaching benefits. The adjusting force occurs with great speed, followed by a swift withdrawal of the contact point of the adjusting hand. A Toggle Recoil adjustment, when delivered correctly, is very well tolerated and extremely effective.

The area of the upper neck, just below the skull, is where the brain stem connects to the spinal cord. The scope of effects which occur in the body as a result of subluxations here are vast. In fact it is impossible to have a fully functioning body if there is nerve interference in this area. The brain stem is the main communication system between the brain and the body and directly effects breathing, heart rate, sleep, headaches, vision, hearing, digestion, allergies, elimination, reproduction and essentially all bodily functions.

Cox Technique

The Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique was developed by Dr. James Cox in the 1970’s as a blend of chiropractic with osteopathic principles. Dr. Cox has conducted many clinical trials and has researched, lectured and trained chiropractors around the world. Dr. Gerard is one of the few doctors personally trained by Dr. James Cox. The Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique is a gentle, adjusting procedure that works with the body to help it heal itself. This technique requires a specially made adjusting table to apply the specific distraction spinal adjustment. In fact, our table was custom made for Dr. Gerard. This technique is quite different from “Spinal Decompression”. With “Spinal Compression” tables, you are strapped to a table, handed a cut-off switch in case you have a problem, and the technician walks away. Your body must adapt to the forces used. In our office, the Cox Technique is performed only by the doctor. Her hands are on you at all times. The movements are gentle, slow, and specific to the disc in trouble, allowing the doctor to apply the exact amount of pressure that you are comfortable with and feel exactly what is happening. It should not be painful at all. The gentle movements of the table, along with the placement of the doctor’s hands, create a negative vacuum effect, which helps suck the protruding disc back into its proper place. The Cox Flexion-Distraction technique has been shown to be more effective than other forms of spinal decompression and at a significantly lower cost. In our office there is no additional charge for the Cox Adjustment. Offices that use spinal decompression always charge a significant fee for this service in addition to the regular adjustment fee.

The Cox Flexion/Distraction Technique is a powerful, effective, conservative approach to low back and leg pain, and a great alternative to explore before surgery. Many patients with diagnosed herniated discs have resolved with this conservative technique, without surgery, injections, or drugs. In fact our success rate in resolution of herniated discs is well over 90%. This occurs even among patients already told they need surgery and that nothing else will help them. The Cox Technique is also very effective for patients with non-disc related conditions causing back pain (facet syndrome, degeneration, spondylolisthesis, sprain/strain, scoliosis, transitional vertebra, sacroiliac subluxation, stenosis and more).

The following video explains this technique and how it can help you in detail:

Webster Technique

Dr. Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and gentle adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. This allows the baby to move head down into the mother’s pelvis and helps alleviate stress on the baby.

It is considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics in the mother. Because of the increase of the hormone relaxin, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers have significant benefits by having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, helping both the mother and baby. Women who have had regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy usually have a much easier pregnancy, labor and delivery.

The activator is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a gentle corrective impulse to the spine. The unique design of the Activator is responsible for the extraordinary safety and comfort of the Activator Technique. The Activator gently aligns your vertebrae using only 6-16 lbs. of force. The high speed of the Activator (1/50 sec.) allows for easy correction of subluxations. The Activator is often the best technique for babies, small children, fragile adults, or patients who simply prefer the lightest pressure possible.

You never have to worry about injury or pain caused by the doctor using too much or too little adjusting force. The Activator produces the exact amount of speed and force required each and every time. To correct problems in your spine or extremities, the soft rubber tip of the Activator is placed on the area to be adjusted and the handle is squeezed. You feel a gentle “tap” and the adjustment is over.