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Chiropractic Techniques

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 chiropractic 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 chiropractic 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:

Main Campus

Elective Techniques

  • Activator Methods
  • Advanced Soft Tissue
  • Atlas Orthogonal
  • Blair
  • Flexion Distraction
  • Logan Basic
  • National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA)
  • Pettibon
  • Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)
  • Thompson
West Campus

Elective Techniques

  • Activator Methods
  • Advanced Soft Tissue
  • Craniosacral
  • Flexion Distraction
  • Gonstead
  • Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)
  • Sports Chiropractic I
  • Thompson-Terminal Point
  • Upper Cervical

Florida Campus

Elective Techniques

  • Activator Methods I & II

  • Comprehensive Spinal Rehabilitation

  • Extra-Spinal Adjusting

  • Flexion Distraction

  • Gonstead

  • Grostic/AO

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue

  • McKenzie MDT A & B

  • Myofascial Trigger Point Assessment

  • Pettibon

  • Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

  • Sports Elective

  • Thompson Terminal Point

Contact Us

Main campus
1000 Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803-5214

Florida campus
4777 City Center Parkway
Port Orange, FL 32129-4153

West campus
90 East Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134-1617
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