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Techniques & Therapies


Chiropractic Techniques

We use a number of highly-effective analysis and treatment approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on your history and the results of a thorough examination.

Toledo Chiropractor Dr. Pickens makes a precise spinal adjustment.

Dr. Pickens makes a precise spinal adjustment.

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

Gonstead System

Named for its developer, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, this in-depth system of chiropractic analysis and treatment is based on sound engineering principles… read more»

Cranial Adjusting Turner Style (CATS)

Developed over a 20-year period by world-renowned Canadian chiropractor, Dr. Roger Turner, CATS is the most direct, fast acting cranial technique we have seen…read more»

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)

This technique is based on the ancient oriental principles of energy flow, chiropractic principles (specifically, Applied Kinesiology), medical bio feedback, and psychology. It addresses a major piece of the puzzle in non responsive health problems, namely, abnormal physiologic response loops which have been set-up by past emotional stress or trauma.

It is a physical, as opposed to a psychological, technique in which the patient participates with the doctor to first identify present and past stresses causing their ill-health, then cancel the associated persistent physiologic loops. To do this, the person focuses on the event which created the physiology while holding certain reflex points, then the doctor taps other reflex points along the spine.

This technique does not involve hypnosis or anything spiritual. The patient is in full control of what they want to accomplish and how far they want to go with the therapy. For more information on NET visit netmindbody. com.

Applied Kinesiology/Muscle Balancing

We use muscle balancing to help regain stability in a chronic problem area (ie; recurrent lower back and/or leg problems, shoulder conditions, etc.) Reflex points are stimulated with the doctor’s finger tips to strengthen weak muscles which have lost their normal tone or ability to contract at full strength due to trauma, chronic pain, internal organ weakness, or a body chemistry imbalance.

Insight Millennium Subluxation Station

By conducting this exam, before starting treatment, Dr Pickens hopes to avoid missing any non obvious levels of dysfunction in your spine…read more»

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, please let our office know when you make your initial appointment. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.


Massage Therapy/Body Work

Patient receives a massage in Toledo

Massage, when added with chiropractic care can be an unbeatable combination.

Relaxation Massage

A gentle, smooth massage that promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of motion.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense contracted areas. The massage movement is slower and pressure is deeper.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are hyperirritable nodules which can be palpated in taut bands of muscle fibers. A trigger point is tender when compressed and will often refer pain to other areas of the body.

Trigger point therapy is used to release the tension within the muscle by “working out” the nodules. There is discomfort during the release of a nodule, but great relief of pain is usually achieved.

Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”)

Reiki is a unique form of body work, which was developed in Japan 2500 years ago. It involves light touch and manipulation of the body’s energy field to promote physical, mental, and emotional healing.

The client receiving Reiki lies comfortably (fully clothed) on a massage table while the therapist places her hands on, or a few inches above, specific energy centers on the person’s body. Each placement is held for up to several minutes while energy blockages are “released”, thus promoting the flow of energy in these areas. In this way the person’s body function is improved, leading to greater well-being. An immediate positive response is almost always experienced by clients.


Other Techniques

Infrared Heat & Massage/Acupressure Beds

Primarily used after spinal adjustments to further restore mobility to the joints, loosen scar tissue and calcium deposits, and relax muscles, thereby making the adjustments more complete and longer lasting. This therapy accelerates results, and in many cases, allows for maintenance adjustments to be scheduled further apart.

Ultrasound Therapy

Used in acute situations on the first several visits where there is severe pain, swelling, and muscle spasm. It partially decreases the swelling and muscle spasm prior to an adjustment. This allows for a more effective mobilization of the joint and quicker resolution of the inflammation and pain.


ABA Family Chiropractic Holistic Health Center | Phone: (419) 535-7818