Chiropractic Therapy

How Do We Treat Back Pain?

Comprehensive Chiropractic BioPhysics examination and treatment of Spine conditions such as herniated disc, scoliosis, neck pain, lower Back Pain, headaches, leg pain, sciatica, paresthesia, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, bulged disc, vertebral subluxations, chronic pain syndrome, compressed spinal disc, pinched nerves, and most neuromusculoskeletal conditions 


Our Techniques


At Preferred Rehab, our doctors have had years of experience and post graduate training to prepare themselves to treat each patient with the most accurate, comfortable and thorough care possible. Each patient is treated uniquely at our offices.

After a thorough new patient exam including any orthopedic and neurologic tests that are indicated, the docs will discuss exactly how they plan to treat each patient and the benefits behind why certain techniques may be more beneficial for their health and wellness.

Some patients are adjusted with low force techniques only (Activator and drop tables), while other patients are a mixture of Diversified manual adjustments, low force adjustments and manual therapies.

We create care plans that are specifically fit to address the individual and their lifestyle. The ultimate goal at Preferred Rehab is for each patient, young and old, to feel truly heard and comfortable with their care.


Diversified Technique


This is a widely used type of chiropractic adjustment that is the foundation technique taught in almost every Chiropractic institution.

Diversified is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified adjustment entails a high velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust delivered by hand to the spine or other joints of the body. This usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the “popping” noise often associated with a chiropractic adjustment). 

Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body. Our doctors practice Diversified adjusting at Preferred Rehab.




This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based adjustment protocol. Instead of the adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. In our office, Activator is most often used as a selective method for patients who may not desire manual adjustments or where manual adjustment may be contraindicated. The Docs see great results with this low force method of adjusting on all types of patients.


SOT- Sacro-Occipital Technique

Like other chiropractic techniques, SOT seeks to correct abnormalities in the spine that produce common complaints seen at Preferred Rehab. 

The Sacro-Occipital Technique seeks to improve the overall transmission of nerve impulses from the brain down the spine and to other areas of the body. 

This lower force technique ranges from treatment of a patient laying prone (face down) or supine (face up) and involves triangle shaped, foam padded wedges to help balance out pelvic misalignments. As the name sacro-occipital implies, SOT treatment focuses on both ends of the spine, because they are so interrelated. 

By correcting imbalances both in the skull and in the pelvis, communication is improved along the entire spinal column.


Drop Tables


Also known as the Thompson technique, the “drop” approach uses a special chiropractic table. 

At Preferred Rehab we have an adjusting table that has segments that can be lifted up and then dropped when a thrust is applied by the docs. The drop allows gravity to assist and work in combination with the manual adjustment, and all of this provides a lighter adjustment when a “twisting” type adjustment is contraindicated or simply for the comfort of the patient and the doctors. 

When the chiropractor applies a gentle thrust to the area needing adjustment, the table releases and drops down, causing that segment of the body to fall too.


Extremity Adjusting


Not only are our docs proficient in adjusting the joints of the spine, but they can also treat extremities. Shoulder pain, wrist pain, elbow pain, as well as knee and ankle pain are all common issues seen at Preferred Rehab. 

Between manual, diversified adjusting and instrument assisted adjusting we see great results in decreasing pain and increasing proper function and mobility in these parts of the body. 

Our doctors commonly sees extremity complaints among athletes of all ages and competition level. Our background with the American Chiropractic Association- Sport’s Council has allowed us to study many different structural and functional modalities and adjustments to extremities.


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Additional Information

An Overview of Back Pain

Chronic back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment in America resulting in lost wages and reduced productivity. It affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, with the lower back being the most susceptible to pain and injury. 

There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points, arthritis, obesity, psychological stress and inflamed joints, sports injuries or accidents, and sometimes even the simplest movements, like tying shoe laces, can have painful results. 

This pain can limit the range of activities that you might enjoy and prevent you from engaging in fun activities with your friends and family, such as playing your favorite sports. Temporary solutions such as heating pads and over-the-counter analgesics that you can use can be found in the market. However, they do not treat the underlying problem of back pain. At the Advanced Chiropractic Relief, we treat the symptoms and the underlying problem of back pain in Arizona for lasting relief.

Types of Back Pain

There are several types of back pain, but the most common types are acute low-back pain and chronic low-back pain.

Acute Lower Back Pain

Patients with acute low-back pain often improve on their own, through self-care, and stay active. If acute low back pain persist after four weeks, you can consider non-drug therapies, including Chiropractic manipulation.

Chronic Lower Back Pain

Long-term use of pain medication usually does not improve functioning for patients with chronic low-back pain. Natural therapies, including spinal manipulation prove more beneficial. Psychological and social factors also contribute to chronic low-back pain. Most patients with chronic low-back pain will not become pain-free so treatment should be more focused on improving function and reducing pain.

Symptoms of Back Pain

With back pain, the connection to a physical source is not always clear. There are people showing no spinal abnormalities on X-ray yet suffer from excruciating back pain.

  • Muscle spasm
  • Cramping
  • Stiffness
  • Pain in the back
  • Pain in the buttock
  • Sensitivity of spine to touch and pressure
  • Pain after prolonged inactivity
  • Pain that gets worse and lasts longer

Causes of Back Pain

There are several possible conditions that can cause back pain and can get more serious if left untreated. This is why it is important to seek professional help  Our team at Preferred Wellness Center is are experts in diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for your pain.

Herniated Disk 

A herniated disc does not always mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. There are people with herniated or bulging disc who don’t suffer from any painful symptoms. However, to some people disc herniation can be a source of intense and excruciating pain that frequently radiates to other parts of the body. Once a disc herniates, they rarely heal completely. Further deterioration of the spine can often be avoided through regular Chiropractic care.

Sprains and Strains

This is the common source of back pain for the weekend warriors- the type of people who are generally inactive during the week, but get on high-impact activities around the weekend and pushing themselves too much. Before the new week begins, they find themselves immobile and lying on their back and finding the nearest Chiropractor. Over-stretching the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, resulting in swollen and painful back.


When you are stressed, you become tensed and your blood pressure and heart rate rise, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening your muscles. When you are constantly stressed, the chronic tension causes your muscles, including your lower back, to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. We recommend relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, as well regular exercises to de-stress your mind and body.

Vertebral Subluxation

Vertebral subluxation occurs when there is a disruption, misalignment or abnormal separation in the position of the neighboring vertebrae, resulting in debilitating back pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Because of the relationship between the spinal column, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves, vertebral subluxations have the potential to impair proper nerve function.