Vitality Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques

At Vitality Chiropractic, we are devoted to helping you to improve the health and function of your body. Dr. Geoff Huls, does this primarily by adjusting the spine with a wide variety of chiropractic techniques. Each of these chiropractic techniques focuses on skeletal, muscular and nervous system dysfunctions that are collectively called, vertebral subluxations. A vertebral subluxation is when the spine becomes misaligned and interferes with the communication between your brain and body.

Listed Below Techniques Used By Dr. Geoff Huls

Hoffman MC2 (Mastering Chiropractic with Certainty)

MC2 is a tonal chiropractic analysis used to determine when, where, and the precise line of correction when delivering an adjustment. MC2 is primarily an analysis. It is considered an Upper Cervical Technique because it commonly utilizes an integrator or toggle adjustment with the upper cervical spine, but any adjustment technique can be utilized to make necessary corrections.

Toggle Recoil Technique

Toggle Recoil Technique is an upper cervical technique preferred by patients who enjoy a gentler approach. Chiropractors place their hand lightly on the subluxated segment and then perform an extremely light, but fast thrust, quickly removing their hands from the contact point. Upper cervical techniques are known for creating remarkable changes with a wide variety of symptoms.

Thompson Drop / Drop Table

Thompson Drop is a chiropractic technique that uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments can be raised up, so when a thrust is delivered, the table will drop. The purpose of the drop pieces is to assist the thrust by minimizing the amount of force delivered.    

Diversified Technique

Diversified Technique is the profession’s most commonly taught and used chiropractic technique. This technique involves high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts that usually result in a popping noise called a cavitation.

Gonstead Technique

Gonstead Technique is differing from diversified technique in that it focuses primarily on posterior to anterior adjusting, rather then rotatory adjusting. It is still done by hand and usually results in a cavitation. Gonstead practitioners typically utilize x-ray analysis, motion palpation and temperature gradient tools to decide what and how to adjust segments of the spine.  

Activator Methods

The Activator is the most commonly used instrument in the chiropractic profession. This hand-held tool is spring loaded and delivers a lighter and quicker thrust than can be delivered by hand. This technique is desirable by patients who do not desire to be adjusted manually by hand (Diversified or Gonstead).  


The integrator is a tool created by researchers to mirror a toggle recoil adjustment. It is a handheld spring-loaded tool that differs from the activator in that it can deliver a torque thrust left or right.  This tool is used as an alternative to a hands-on toggle recoil adjustment but is also used with other techniques including MC2 and Torque Release Technique.

Webster Technique

Webster Technique utilizes a drop table and was created to correct subluxations in pregnant women. This technique helps to improve motion in the pelvis and some research has shown breech presentations flipping under the use of this technique. Webster technique is very gentle and safe for pregnant women.  

ArthroStim Technique

The ArthroStim is a mechanical adjustment utilizing repetitive spring-loaded thrusts. This technique focuses on stimulating mechanoreceptors (neurologic cells) in order to improve proprioception (body-brain perception). This technique can be used exclusively but is also used in conjunction with other chiropractic techniques.

Ultralign Technique

The Ultralign is a computerized adjusting tool that utilizes multiple thrusts. This computerized tool has the ability to measure the resistance in motion segments. Patients can be adjusted using this tool on a traditional table but are most commonly seated in a chair similar to massage chairs.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology Technique is one of the most complicated chiropractic approaches ever developed. Clinical decision making is most commonly based on testing muscle strength and quality. Corrections can be light massage to neurolymphatic and neurovascular points or by utilizing diversified adjustments.

Sacro Occipital Technique. (S.O.T.)

SOT is a chiropractic technique that utilizes triangular shaped blocks which are placed under the pelvis. Clinical decision making is commonly based on palpation, stability of a patient in a standing position & muscle testing. Adjustments are low force with light pressure.

Pettibon Technique

The Pettibon System is a rehabilitation program for the spine’s hard and soft tissues. This system utilizes traction, weights and specific exercises to create lasting spinal corrections. This is one of chiropractic’s most well known posture correction programs.