By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC The Thompson Technique The existence of the Negative Derifield is determined by the Leg Length Insufficiency (LLI) associated with the finding of the short leg in extension that stays short upon flexion. Confirmation is determined by the finding of two or more of the four trigger points located at the
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Positive Derifield (+D) analysis is derived from observing the Leg Length Inequality (LLI) (Fig. 1), in that the short leg in extension comes even or crosses over to become longer when placed into flexion (Fig. 2). A +D indicates that the rotation of the ilium occurs at the acetabulum, therefore
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Adjusting Procedures of the Thompson Technique Analysis To detect a Bilateral Cervical problem, place the patient in the prone position on the table and check the leg length in extension. They will appear even in the extended position and when flexed will remain even. Lower the legs to the
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC It is important to understand that the Sacral Analysis or “Leg Lift” is an integral part of the second phase of the Derifield-Thompson analysis system. The Protocol must be adhered to in that the Sacral Analysis is done after adjustment of the findings of the LLI (Leg Length Inequality) tests,
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Sacral Analysis Patient—Prone Examination—Doctor’s superior hand on the patient’s sacrum, with fingers pointing towards the feet (Fig. 1). With the patient in the prone position have him/her lock the knee and raise each leg one at a time, as high as possible, without raising the pelvis off the table, while
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Analysis Detecting the Rocked Ischium is accomplished by palpation of the gastrocnemius muscles of the lower legs (Fig. 1). Consideration must be made in how to go about this procedure, so as not to stand over the patient (in the event the patient reacts by bringing up the leg being
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Analysis A ‘High Shoulder’ is easily detected by comparing one shoulder with the other, especially in the standing position (Fig. 1). Keep in mind that previous injury or broken bones may be considered contraindications when conducting your examination. With palpation you will find a tender nodule or trigger point at
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Analysis With the patient in a sitting position palpate along the vertebrae. You will find the rib head very tender without posteriority or laterality of the vertebra. The involved rib head and rib are inferior in relationship to the rib heads above and below. Additionally you will feel the inferior
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Keeping the record straight: The anterior thoracic is the loss of curvature in the dorsal region which gives the appearance that the vertebrae have moved anterior-ward, which in turn gives the appearance of flattening of the kyphotic curvature of the Dorsal vertebrae (Fig. 1). Therefore the name, ‘Anterior Thoracic.’ Analysis
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC Needless to say, the pelvis is one of the main areas that we need to be cognizant about. Throughout you will find references made by Drs. Barge, Gonstead, Logan, and others concerning the proper alignment of the pelvic girdle to restore or hold the integrity of the spinal column (Fig.
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC The Thompson Technique: Is a low force, hands-on adjusting technique Transfers less reflective force into the joints of the doctor’s arms and shoulders Is a great way to adjust children and adults Is one of the top Chiropractic adjusting techniques in the world Is a Chiropractic adjusting technique that follows
By: Kevin Wapelhorst, DC and Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC [ed.] The “Overcompensated Cervical Syndrome” or “Rotated Cervical Syndrome” is a condition that is not all that common in our patient population, and to the average doctor it is a challenge to manage. The Thompson Technique, however, provides the doctor of Chiropractic a procedure to manage
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, DC One of the really neat things to do is to work on a table that is equipped with the elevation feature and pedal- or switch-controlled cocking mechanism. How we apply the Thompson Technique is very important in the makeup of things in rendering classic drop table adjusting on your patients.
By: Wayne Henry Zemelka, D.C. Where to Begin After all these years of adjusting and teaching others about the Thompson Technique, I really am pleased to have the opportunity to do a review article putting things together in an instructional follow-up format. The main topic for this article is the psoas muscles that have been