Chiropractic Techniques

Personalized & Effective Care

During your new patient consultation, Dr. Nicole and you:

  1. Review your medical and family history,  

  2. Discuss your current conditions,

  3. Assess your areas of concern through neurological and orthopedic exams, 

  4. Evaluate appropriate chiropractic techniques, and

  5. Ultimately determine whether or not you are a good candidate for chiropractic care.

Depending on your history, conditions, and preferences, the following techniques and services may be appropriate

  • Low Force Activator – Ideal for children, osteoporotic patients, elderly, and more timid patients

  • Thompson Technique (Drop Table) – Ideal for children, osteoporotic, elderly, and more timid patients

  • Gonstead Diversified (Manual Adjusting) – Ideal for all patients

  • Spinal Decompression (Traction) – Ideal for low back pain, non-surgical alternative to disc herniation/disc bulges, sciatica

  • Webster Technique – A specific chiropractic analysis and accompanying adjustment to reduce the effects of pelvic misalignment. Webster Technique is a certification I have received and now ALL chiropractors have this.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression therapy is a proven non-surgical treatment for chronic neck pain and low chronic back pain caused by:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease 

  • Facet syndrome 

  • Bulging/Herniated Discs 

  • Failed Back Syndrome 

  • Sciatica

  • Spinal Stenosis

“As a surgeon, I only want to do surgery when I absolutely have to. Spinal  Decompression Therapy gives my patients a more conservative treatment option that can eliminate the need for surgery altogether, and that’s a very  good thing.”— Bernard Zeliger, DO, FACOS, FAOAO, FICS Founding Dean and Provost of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Vallejo, CA


Over 8-12 weeks and a series of relaxing spinal decompression treatment sessions, patients at our spine care center experience powerful pain reduction and healing. It’s not uncommon for patients to experience improvement in their symptoms after only the first few Total Spine Care Solution™ sessions.


Spinal decompression gently lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressure within your discs. When pressure is reversed an intradiscal vacuum is created. This vacuum takes the pressure off of pinched nerves, helps to reposition bulging discs and pulls extruded disc material back into place.


Experts also believe that non-surgical spinal decompression stimulates the body’s repair mechanism, providing the building blocks needed to mend injured and degenerated discs.

Palmer Technique

Palmer package is a system of chiropractic techniques taught by the Palmer College of Chiropractic.


It includes a variety of approaches, the main ones being Diversified, Thompson, and Gonstead.

  • Diversified consists of spinal analysis to identify the improper position of one or more vertebrae, and the administration of a manual thrust.

  • Thompson uses a special table with drop-away sections to minimize the amount of energy needed to adjust the spine.

  • In Gonstead, the practitioner has the patient sit, or lie on their side so adjustments can be made.

Chiropractic Activator

Activator technique utilizes a small spring-loaded adjusting instrument to deliver a focused corrective impulse into the dysfunctional spinal segment.


This chiropractic technique is most commonly used in patients who prefer a low-force correction without the traditional “hands-on” thrust. The hand-held Activator instrument is specifically designed to deliver a controlled, light and fast thrust without undue strain to the patient.


Because of the accuracy and controlled light force, Activator  Methods adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and seniors.

 One of the unique features of the Activator Technique is that we can zero in on the exact area of the body that is causing your health problems.

Thompson Drop Technique

Thompson Drop Technique provides a gentle, very specific chiropractic technique for back pain, stiffness, immobility, mid-back pain, neck pain and headaches. It is also a very effective treatment for knee, ankle, and shoulder pain.


The Thompson Drop Technique uses a “segmental drop table” to enhance the motion of a segment or area to be adjusted. The segmental drop design takes advantage of the inherent design of the joints in order to improve the motion of the segment to be adjusted. It allows the Doctor of  Chiropractic to safely, specifically, and comfortably adjust the joints of the body. For those of you who prefer to know the science behind the technique, this mechanism is based on Newton’s First Law of Motion.

Webster Technique

Dr. Nicole completed the requirements for the Webster Certifications, and is acknowledged by the ICPA as proficient in this specific chiropractic protocol. Doctors who are certified in the Webster Technique are sought out by pregnant women and birth care providers who are preparing for safer, easier birth outcomes.

Certified doctors are taught gentle adjusting techniques, individual case management systems and evidence based practice to best care for pregnant women. In addition to this, doctors are given an in-depth view of birth and are provided with the necessary skills and resources to support women who want safer, easier, more natural births. Doctors who are awarded Webster Certification undergo a written and a clinical exam for proficiency.


This chiropractic technique included a specific chiropractic pelvis analysis and accompanying adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of pelvic misalignment and to restore normal function and balance in the pelvis.


In the care of pregnant women, this pelvic misalignment may lead to difficult labor the the mother (i.e. dystocia). Dystocia, as defined by William's Obstetrics, is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvis misalignment, and baby malposition. Preliminary research is indication that chiropractic adjustments using the Webster Technique may have a positive effect on birth outcome by addressing these three causes of dystocia.



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As a Brookfield Chiropractor, Knapp Chiropractic and Wellness serves Waukesha County. Knapp Chiropractic and Wellness provides chiropractic care for every step of your family's journey from prenatal care to teenage athletic years. Dr. Nicole Knapp, D.C. specializes in pre and postnatal, pediatric, and family focused chiropractic care.  


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