Chiropractic Care Services

The experienced back pain specialists at Core Physical Medicine in Edwardsville and Millstadt utilize a combination of manual adjustment techniques, alignment tools and other sophisticated methods to relieve pain, correct imbalances and help realign the spinal column. Our chiropractic treatments correct spinal deformity and improve flexibility while reducing interferences to the nervous system.

Chiropractic Treatments

Doctors at our Edwardsville and Millstadt facilities employ a range of state-of-the-art manual adjustment treatments and alignment devices to bring clients great relief from back pain. These include:


Clinical Biomechanics of Posture® (CBP)

Clinical Biomechanics of Posture® (CBP) corrects the structure of the spine though manual adjustments with a traction device. At Core Physical Medicine we are dedicated to providing pain relief, locating the underlying cause of your spinal condition, and returning the spinal column back to a normal state.

Benefits of CBP®

CBP prevents spinal degeneration and improves the body’s weight distribution. When the vertebrae are correctly aligned, spinal nerve-related pain and musculoskeletal problems improve.

Misaligned vertebrae can cause many problems such as:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Foot conditions
  • Headaches
  • Imbalance
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Osteoarthritis

Back Pain Relief

Over the course of treatment with the traction device, many patients experience pain reduction and improved functionality. You too can expect to see and feel a dramatic improvement in spinal health and the reduction in pain as therapy progresses.

Diversified Technique

A common technique, likely the best known by patients, the diversified technique corrects imbalances in the spine and joint dysfunction through a series of manual adjustments known as high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust.

Characteristics of the Diversified Technique

Where the doctor finds imbalances in vertebral joints, she manually manipulates the spine to bring it back towards alignment. Manual thrusting with low amplitude movements is also known as pisiform contact. The thrusting causes the surface of the joint to separate, releasing gas and fluids, therefore decreasing pressure inside the joint.

Pain Relief with Manual Adjustments

With increased range of motion and decreased interference to the nervous system, patients often report pain relief and an overall improvement in physical and mental well-being as a result of the diversified technique.


Activator Methods®

The spine doctors at Core Physical Medicine utilize a most gentle, low force chiropractic instrument to achieve pain relief.

Pain Relief with the Activator Method®

The activator method aims for optimal spinal alignment and pain alleviation through a series of joint manipulations performed by a handheld instrument. Prior to the treatment, a spinal flexibility test of bends and turns is administered to discover subluxations. Leg length measurements are also taken to determine if differences in length are the cause of alignment issues, which can be easily corrected by another method, the Thompson treatment.

How does the Activator Method® work?

For maximum effectiveness, the body should remain relaxed, rather than tense. The chiropractic specialist uses a spring-loaded device that emits a low force of energy with a high-speed thrust motion to keep adjustments painless.

Back Pain Relief Appointments

Patients may require additional sessions under this treatment along with other adjustment techniques. Clients are asked to return for a follow-up visit in order to check progress, gauging pain relief and overall patient satisfaction.


Thompson Technique for Back Pain Relief

The Thompson technique, named for Dr. Jay Clay Thompson and the specialized table he designed, is used properly align the whole spine.

Adjustments with the Thompson Technique

Subluxation, or the partial dislocation of vertebrae, causes leg lengths to appear unequal. Chiropractors used to compare leg lengths while the patient turned his or her head sideways. This assessment helped doctors to conclude whether a subluxation was present in a patient’s spine. If an abnormality was present, the doctor would manually manipulate the spine to make adjustments.

The Complete Thompson Technique

The Thompson technique employs a specially designed, segmented cushion-top table. With the patient laid out face down along the length of the table, the doctor makes light thrusts on the spine, the pressure from which triggers a segment of the table nearest the spinal subluxation to lower. This space helps prevent over adjustment.

Choosing the Thompson Technique

This treatment has been used for more than 20 years and is common to practices all around the world. Precise adjustments and pain relief are renowned characteristics of the Thompson technique. If you are experiencing back pain, this treatment may be right for you. Please contact us for more information.


The Webster Technique

This non-surgical technique is designed for aiding in natural childbirth. Named for Larry Webster, D.C., the Webster Technique was developed to correctly position a baby in preparation for birth.

Optimally, as the due date draws closer, the baby transitions into a downward position in the uterus. By alleviating stress to the pelvic area, the uterus and surrounding ligaments relax, allowing the baby to naturally turn into the correct position. This treatment prevents a breech birth as well as a Caesarean.

Uterine constraint may occur if there is subluxation where the sacrum joins the pelvis. Sacral subluxation causes the pelvic muscles and ligaments to tighten and twist. The baby cannot comfortably assume the proper position if these muscles and ligaments are tense.

Webster Success

There are minimal risks associated with this procedure. The Webster technique reduces interference to the nervous system, improves pelvic balance and allows the baby to assume the optimal position for birth. In the summer of 2002, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82% success rate.

The Webster Approach Results

Occasionally, the baby will shift into the proper position during the first session of the Webster technique. It is more common, however, to have three to 10 visits before the fetus properly adjusts. Patients should expect to see results over several weeks.


Pettibon System

Dr. Burl Pettibon developed this rehabilitation program for patients with severe vertebral issues and in need of treatment greater than adjustment.

Prior to the rehabilitation process, seated X-rays are taken, which gives the spine doctor a clear image of spinal column defects. Together with the patient, the doctor assesses the x-ray and clarifies any concern about the condition of the spine.

The Pettibon Phases

The Pettibon system provides care in three phases. Each phase has a unique set of goals and specific home-care instructions to relieve pain and correct any abnormality in posture.

Phase 1 - Over a period of two to three weeks, the chiropractor locates and identifies the cause of aches and pains. To improve and accelerate results, patients are provided with an instructional home-care guide to continue care away from the treatment facility.

Phase 2 - For those desiring long-term spinal correction, this period of rehabilitation therapy requires three appointments per week for at least three months. The extent of the damage to your spine determines the length of your treatment. Additional home-care practice will also contribute to your results and time to healing.

Phase 3 - This phase of rehabilitation focuses on posture correction, along with muscle strength and endurance. The number of rehabilitation sessions required during this period are generally reduced, relative to previous phases.  

Permanent Results with Pettibon

You will experience long-term positive results - pain relief and improved posture - but that success requires us to work as a team. Patients who adhere to the home-care regimen and visit our facility for additional treatment make critical contributions to their own recovery.


Not your typical chiropractor

These and other pain relief treatments, such as laser therapy, massage and rehabilitation therapies make us more than just a chiropractic care center. We are a pain relief and wellness facility. Even if you've been unsatisfied with chiropractors in the past, consider Core Physical Medicine.

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After three weeks of therapy, I felt like a new person. The best thing about CORE? They weren't pushy.

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We offer a full range of pain relief services including back pain, neck pain, and rehabilitation services. We don’t like to think of ourselves as chiropractors - we prefer pain relief specialists. Our service area includes Madison County, the Metro East area, and southwestern St. Clair County.

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