Chiropractic Services

Stone Gate Chiropractic provides chiropractic services to Gardiner Montana, Paradise Valley Montana, Mammoth Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. We primarily adjust by hand using high velocity low amplitude diversified technique, but also utilize Activator Technique and Drop Table Technique when clinically indicated or requested. 


Diversified technique

The most common type of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment, it includes most of the procedures taught in chiropractic institutions. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high velocity, low-amplitude thrust delivered by hand and possibly with assistance from a table or block. This usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body and is the primary technique used by the doctors in our office.

*Doctors note...

The old addage of "I went to my chiropractor and he put me back in place" is not what happens with the adjustment. Joints rarely "go out of place." Instead, the adjustment is designed to restore normal joint and neurologic funtion to the area that is being addressed. With restored function comes pain relief and decrease in symptoms.


activator technique

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique® is a diagnostic and treatment system used by some chiropractors to treat many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches (both chronic and migraine).

The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.

It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, known as the high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust.

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a type of manipulation described as follows:

A spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument provides a quick, low-force impulse at specific points. There are two theoretical advantages of an Activator instrument-assisted treatment. The first is based on the speed of the device. The instrument is so quick that the body's muscles are less likely to tense in response, and resist the treatment. The lack of muscle resistance may facilitate the treatment effectiveness. The second is that the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.


drop table technique

When using Drop Table Technique, a chiropractor provides a thrust to a patient’s spinal or pelvic area. As the doctor makes the thrust, the area of the patient’s body being worked on is simultaneously dropped by the table. This technique allows for thorough and less discomforting spinal manipulations.

In addition to performing adjustments using the drop table, the Thompson Technique includes an analysis of patients’ leg lengths. Chiropractors believe that nervous system imbalances cause muscular issues. These muscular problems can lead to the appearance of one leg being shorter than the other one. During this step of the Thompson technique, your chiropractor may thoroughly examine the length of your legs and order X-rays. After studying the findings, your doctor will have a better understanding of the type of drop table adjustments you need.

For many years, patients have been experiencing positive results from drop table techniques. After receiving an adjustment using this method, you may immediately feel better. Your flexibility, strength and sleep will hopefully begin to improve.