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Chiropractic CareChiropractic is a natural approach to restoring the proper function to the nervous system so that your body can operate at its absolute best.  Whether it be to recover from injury, accelerate performance, or maximize quality of life, we are here to help you achieve this.  Below is a list of the common chiropractic techniques that we use at Balance Chiropractic and Massage to safely and effectively help you reach your true health potential.


Thompson Technique (Drop Table):

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. Thompson Technique is most commonly known for its precise adjusting and overall patient comfort.

Thompson Technique analysis relies heavily on leg length analysis which shows alterations in spinal biomechanics. Early Chiropractic research noticed that vertebral subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while isolating and testing individual segments of the spine, helped determine whether the vertebral subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

Once the detection of a subluxation is identified, the adjustment will be given using padded drop pieces specific to each spinal region. Individual cushions or “drop pieces” are located along the table surface, supporting each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way with the amplitude the thrust, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment. Unlike Diversified adjusting, it is not common to hear a “popping” sound while the adjustment is delivered.

Activator Technique:

Much like the Thompson Technique, the Activator Method Technique involves having the patient lie in a face down position and compares functional leg lengths as a marker for spinal biomechanics. Often one leg will seem to be slightly shorter than the other due to either subluxation of a spinal vertebrae or an extremity. The chiropractor then carries out a series of muscle tests such as having the patient move their arms in a certain position in order to activate the muscles attached to specific vertebrae. If the leg lengths change, that is taken as a sign that the problem is located at that vertebra. Further evaluation, including motion and palpation, of that specific segment or region is needed before the adjustment is given. This analysis is progressively done along the spine in the direction from the feet towards the head, including the analysis of all extremities.

By analyzing results of these examinations, an Activator doctor can initiate the process of restoring spinal balance in the patient, gently and effectively. The Activator Adjusting Instrument is the tool most doctors choose to deliver these types of low-force chiropractic adjustments. This unique hand-held instrument has been studied extensively with results published in hundreds of peer-reviewed research papers, and was designed to give patients a specific and gentle chiropractic adjustment. The Activator provides a controlled, fast thrust that is comfortable for the patient.  In fact, adjustments with the Activator are so quick and measured, the body’s muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and accurate adjustment.

Although very light and comfortable in its approach, the results from an activator adjustment can be profound. Mostly commonly I use this technique for children and the elderly, however; this instrument can be adapted to any sized or any aged patient.

Diversified Technique:

First and foremost, an analysis of your spine is performed. This was done on your initial visit and identifies areas of interference in the nervous system, as well as, any red flags that would contraindicate adjusting.

Subsequent visits will include motion palpation which motions each of the individual spinal segments looking for restriction within the joint, tenderness, and the recreation of any pattern of interference from your previous initial examination.

If a Vertebral Subluxation of one or more spinal segments is identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, and amplitude that is used is as a result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal biomechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound, often referred to as cavitation, from the shifting of gas and fluids within the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment. This will ultimately result in reducing the amount of interference and restriction in the nervous system and allow your body to adapt more accordingly to your environment.

This same style can be applied to most joints of the body where localized restriction is present. This is often referred to as an extremity adjustment.



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When myself, my sister, and my father first met Dr. Pope we knew very little about what a chiropractor did and we weren't even sure if we would have any benefit from it, but your treatments and personalized care has made such a huge difference to all of us and relieved us from issues such as lower and upper back pain, headaches, postural correction, and stress reduction. We've also benefited from the personalised attention that you give and the extent you go to help us understand and educate us on the true meaning of a healthy nervous system.


Riddhi, Nandini and Nayan T.

I came to Dr. Pope doubled-over with acute back pain after suffering a disc herniation. I had been suffering from lower back pain on and off for several years and though that by ignoring it, the pain would simply go away. Dr. Pope quickly assessed the situation and began me on a course of treatment that not only resolved the back pain issues, but also treated other issues in my hips and feet that were contributing to the pain and postural alterations that I had been suffering from for all these years. Dr. Pope's holistic approach to chiropractic care not only resolved my immediate pain issues, it gave me the tools I needed to prevent a re-occurrence of the same problem in the future.

Stephanie P

I’ve been through a variety of treatments for my back problems (Schuermann’s disorder, scolosis, and a herniated disc), and none have shown me much progress until I was introduced to Dr. Ryan Pope. Under his chiropractic care, I have had noticeable improvements in my back – a reduction of pain, and an improvement in my mobility. My wife and I both see him for maintance care and we continually recommend him to all of our friends and family.


Glenn B.

I would like to thank Dr. Pope for his skilled and proficient chiropractic care. Over the past year I have enjoyed increased mobility and flexibility, a significant reduction in neck and back pain and a greater overall sense of well-being. I have recommended Dr. Pope to several people that are looking to take their health to the next level but do not know where to begin.

Lauren P.

When I first met Dr. Pope, I had been suffering from debilitating back pain and was told that I would probably require surgery to alleviate the pain. As an aspiring firefighting student, back surgery would have ended my career before it even started. Dr. Pope was able to alleviate my pain completely and restore full mobility. I continue to see Dr. Pope regularly because he helps me to train at the top of my potential, and feel my best. He may not have saved my life, but he definitely saved my livelihood.

Bob M.

I began to see Dr. Pope in June 2009 after I experienced sharp pain in my lower back. After receiving intensive treatments to repair the problem, I chose to continue my treatments as a preventative measure. Since receiving treatments I feel stronger and healthier which has had a major impact on my everyday life. I plan on continuing my regular visits with Dr. Pope to take my health to its optimal level and maintain it.


Before going to the Chiropractor, I was having headaches daily, and sometimes to the point of being sick to my stomach, and now I’m going weeks without a headache. This has been a dream come true. Although I'm sure Advil isn't happy that I'm using less, I know I am. Chiropractic care, more importantly, Dr. Pope, has made it possible for me to be Advil free!

Lindsay E.

When I started under Dr. Pope’s care, I immediately saw results. I was able to sleep, less headaches and over the course of time, less episodes of feeling faint and dizzy, and today, that feeling as completely disappeared. Before I started treatment, I could not get through a night without waking up at least 5 times a night. Now I’m waking up approximately one to two times a night, usually to go to the washroom, but I am able to go back to sleep very quickly. Today, I am able to sleep on my side again, and due to your sleeping seminars, as well as your guidance, I have been able to keep my back relatively calm and in place while getting a good night's sleep. I can also see a difference when I lay down on my back. I feel more...level or balanced. This has made sleep a lot more comfortable. I like to have sleeping options, and now I can sleep on my back or side and not be in agony the next day.


Knowledge is power, and I believe that Dr. Pope has a lot of information to share to the Kanata community about the restoration of health and wellness through the means of chiropractic care.

Anna R.