Dr. Peggy S. Linneman
Dr. Linneman like most chiropractors began her career as a chiropractic patient. Having seen the benefits of chiropractic adjustments her whole life it was the perfect fit to become a chiropractor herself. Dr. Peg went to University Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha for her undergraduate studies and graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Bachelor of Science and her Doctor of Chiropractic degrees in October of 1996. She started practice in Whitewater in March 1997 and has enjoyed much success in helping people their health problems since that time.
The Thompson Technique
The Thompson Technique utilizes a “Segmental Drop Table” to enhance the motion force imparted towards the segment or area to be adjusted. Dr. Thompson introduced the concept of adding motion by inventing a headpiece that would drop away as the adjustive thrust was applied to the vertebral segment. He was granted a patent in 1955 on his concept and thusly was born the Palmer-Thompson drop headpiece. Since the new idea was such a success Dr. Clay then went on to invent a table with drop pieces for adjusting the dorsal, lumbar and pelvic area. This came about in 1957 and from there the rest is history. The “Segmental Drop System” takes advantage of the spine’s inherent design of the joints in order to move the spinal segment in the direction that will improve the motion of the segment with the one above and below. It just makes good sense that since the spinal joints face front to back and have an incline that slopes more naturally backwards that we can effect increased motion by applying an adjustment from P to A, (Posterior to Anterior) and with an inferior to superior line of correction. The majority of the spinal adjusting utilizing the Thompson Technique has the patient lying prone (face down). This is the basis for Dr. Clay’s theory of proper spinal adjusting and the driving force that lead him to invent the drop table.
The Diversified Technique
The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitations of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body.
The Gonstead Technique
Gonstead Technique – This is a specific chiropractic technique and is a variation of the Diversified technique that utilizes manipulation/adjustment by hand that usually results in joint cavitation. X-ray analysis, palpation, and temperature gradient studies may be used in clinical decision-making (i.e., what segment(s) to manipulate/adjust).usually results in joint cavitation. X-ray analysis, palpation, and temperature gradient studies may be used in clinical decision-making (i.e., what segment(s) to manipulate/adjust).
The Activator Method
Activator Method – This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based manipulation/adjustment protocol. Instead of the manipulating/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. Activator can be used as a primary treatment protocol for all patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation/adjustment or where manual manipulation/adjustment may be contraindicated.