The Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology Research

The Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology Research

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The Orthospinology Procedure is a method of correcting the occipito-atlanto-axial subluxation complex, which is based on the pioneering research and teaching of the late Dr. John Francis Grostic. It is actually a series of steps in the total care of the patient and is therefore a chiropractic procedure and not simply a spinal adjusting technique. The Procedure employs a method of X-ray analysis that quantifies the lateral and rotational misalignments between atlas and axis as well as atlas and occiput. The analytical procedure examines the spatial orientation of the atlas, the geometry of the articulating surfaces, and the misalignment configuration to arrive at an effective correction vector. In addition to the X-ray analysis, the system contains steps for ensuring the precision of the X-ray analysis, specific adjustment, and post-adjustment reevaluation procedures. This allows the doctor to assess the effectiveness of the adjustment and, equally important, to fine-tune the correction to the individual patient.

Orthospinology teaches doctors the hand adjustment, as well as the use of a handheld and a table-mounted instrument. The hand delivered adjustment utilizes the pisiform as the contact point, which typically moves less than 3/16" during the thrust. Various handheld solenoid-powered instruments have been produced from the original research of Dr. Cecil Laney. These instruments deliver a quick and shallow adjusting force. In the late 1990Ìs, Dr. Laney designed the Torque Specific table-mounted instrument, which utilizes a multi-vector force enabling superior corrections in many patients. The Orthospinology adjustment is the culmination of the precision of the X-ray equipment alignment, the accuracy of the X-ray analysis, and attention to detail of patient placement on the side posture / mastoid support adjusting table.



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