Technique Education at Palmer
Palmer College of
Chiropractic is known for providing an extensive and carefully crafted program
in chiropractic technique as part of its core curriculum. A wide variety of
techniques have been developed by chiropractic innovators, and over the years
since its founding in 1897, Palmer has developed what is known throughout the
profession as the “Palmer Package.” This is a group of techniques that, once
mastered, provide the Palmer graduate with the technique expertise needed to
deal with practically any clinical situation that may emerge in practice.
The core curriculum
courses in the Palmer Package are mostly organized by regions of the spine,
including courses on cervical, thoracolumbar, pelvic and extremity adjusting
technique and management. These courses include elements of the techniques
developed by chiropractic innovators, such as Toggle Recoil (developed by Dr.
B.J. Palmer), Diversified (developed by Dr. D.D. Palmer), Thompson (developed by
Dr. J. Clay Thompson) and Gonstead (developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead).
In addition to the
required core curriculum technique courses, students on all three campuses may
choose from a variety of elective techniques. Elective technique courses vary
from campus to campus and some may not be offered during a particular session.
In general, the following elective technique courses are offered: