Services & Techniques

Our Edmonton Chiropractor Techniques
At our Edmonton chiropractor clinic, we treat the whole family, from mothers-to-be, babies, children, teens, adults with sports injuries and repetitive strains to seniors. Since no patient is the same, we offer specialized and common chiropractic techniques and offer follow-up exercises to help everyone in the family feel their best.

Chiropractic Techniques

At Watson Family Chiropractic we realize the importance of Chiropractic care throughout life. That’s why we see the whole family, from mothers-to-be , babies, children, teens, adults and children. Since no patient is the same, we offer specialized and common chiropractic techniques to suit the individual.

Flexion Distraction tables
We love our new Flexion-Distraction tables. They help the spine to relax and stretch and are well-suited for patients who need a lighter touch, such as those with osteoporosis or are at an advanced age. Pressure is applied to specific areas to relieve nerve pressure, restore range of motion and realign the spine. This is usually a very gentle experience for our patients.

Activator Technique
This technique involves using a gentle spring loaded adjusting instrument. It is a very gentle technique that can be used on all ages. It is most often used on infants, the older patients, and the smaller joints of the jaw, wrist, ankles and feet.

Applied Kinesiology
Applied kinesiology is used to learn the functional status of your body by combining manual muscle testing with diagnostic methods to evaluate your structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health. Please visit the International College of Applied Kinesiology for more information at

Arthrostim Instrument adjusting
Our Doctors have special training in the use of the Arthrostim, a chiropractic adjusting instrument designed to introduce a vibratory force to the body to correct spinal misalignments and subluxations without the “popping and cracking” sound.

Diversified Technique
This technique is one of the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques. It uses a high-velocity, low amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation or “popping sound“ in a joint and can be used to treat many of the joints of the body.

OTZ Technique- frozen shoulder treatment

This technique is a unique analysis and manipulation of the joint between the occiput and the first cervical vertebrae.  The analysis and technique was developed in 2006 by Dr. Francis X. Murphy, DC of Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Murphy discovered this misalignment of the occiput can cause an alteration in the normal curve of the neck keeping the head unnaturally forward.  This postural alteration causes a tethering to the brainstem (adhesion) at the top of the neck which, in turn, restricks blood supply and tension to the 11th Cranial Nerve (Spinal Accessory Nerve) in the neck.  This interferes with the patient’s abillity to raise their arm thus creating specific types of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS).

Extremity Adjusting
This is the application of chiropractic adjustments to joints other than those of the spine, such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, finger, hip, knee, ankle, foot or toe.

Interferential Therapy:
This therapeutic device sends electrical impulses to the nerve and muscle using pads that conduct the impulses though the skin. This low frequency stimulation prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural pain killers to help relieve pain. We use this to help increase circulation and decrease pain and muscle spasms. With this therapy you will feel a very light tingling sensation where the pads are placed.

Koren Specific Technique is a newer method of chiropractic treatment. It is a unique system of analysis that is used with the Arthrostim instrument to effectively correct distortions of the spine and nervous system to allow true healing to occur. Drs. Kevin and Marci love the results achieved with this new technique on patients young and old.

Laser Therapy
Low intensity laser therapy (link) is a treatment we use for soft tissue injuries as a way to help stimulate healing. It is very useful in musculoskeletal issues and alleviates chronic or acute pain.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy  applies an acoustic wave that carries high energy to painful areas of muscle and tendon tissue.  This energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues.  Shockwave is used for chronic and subacute conditions.  It promotes vascularization, reverses chronic inflammation, and stimulates collagen production.  Common uses are for:  tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow , frozen shoulder, jumper’s knee, achilles tendonitis, chronic knee pain, plantar fasciitis, hip pain, calcification, and tendonitis,

Thompson Technique

This is a specific chiropractic method that uses a special table with segments called drop pieces. These pieces are elevated slightly and gently drop when the thrusts are given. This helps minimize the force needed to deliver the chiropractic adjustment and the “popping sound“ of the joint usually does not occur.

Drs. Kevin and Marcia have been trained in the Trigenics Myo-neural Technique (link) which involves resetting the way the brain communicates with muscles in the body using specific contacts points, muscle actions and controlled breathing. This manual therapy is complimentary to chiropractic and allows for deeper muscle release without the pain associated with other manual muscle treatments.

Webster Technique
Dr. Marci Watson is specially trained through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to perform the Webster Technique (link) is used to balance the pelvis thus allowing optimal fetal positioning and therefore a safer labor and delivery for Mom and baby.

Specialized Care and Programs

Acupuncture is based on harmony of the mind, body and spirit. Drs. Kevin and Marci utilize acupuncture to better balance the body’s energy (or Qi) and restore health in combination with chiropractic treatments.

Children’s care
As children grow, their bumps and bruises can have long-lasting effects. Drs. Kevin and Marcia realize the importance of good spinal balance and alignment at a young age. We know that nerve interference can occur without pain and which can negatively influence with the health of the child. That’s why they perform a thorough child’s examination including a painless thermographic scan of the autonomic nerve system, posture, balance and coordination and evaluate the developing arches in the feet. Dr. Marcia has completed special training in Pediatric Chiropractic to give her little patients extra care and attention.
Common childhood disorders we see are persistent earaches, sore throats, colic, headaches, bed-wetting and growing pains. Our techniques are very gentle and we are experienced treating “little” patients. A child is never too young to receive Chiropractic care. Please visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association at for more information on children and chiropractic.

Pregnancy Care
Drs. Kevin and Marcia take a special interest in caring for pregnant women and those who are trying to conceive. During pregnancy it is important to ensure there is no nerve interference and to keep the spine and pelvis in good balance to ensure a healthy delivery. Our Doctors utilize the Webster Technique (link) which has proven to be an excellent technique for balancing the pelvis for delivery. They will customize a program to keep you in balance while you go through your pregnancy. Our office utilizes special treatment tables that accommodate a “blossoming belly” during your gentle chiropractic adjustment. Healthy Moms deliver healthy babies.

Detoxification and Food Sensitivities
Many of us suffer chronic pain, headaches and other health issues from our environment, poor eating habits and nutritional deficiencies or food intolerances. For more information on some our laboratory testing procedures we use in our office, visit Rocky Mountain Analytical at

Foot Orthotics
Your feet and your arches are like a shock absorber for your body. When you have flat feet or fallen arches, you can feel pain in your foot, knee, leg, hip or lower back. If there is a foot issue we will fit you for a customized orthotic which can fit into your shoes or boots. Our Footleveler`s state-of-the-art foot bed scanner will tell the Doctors exactly where your arches are carrying your weight so they may evaluate your need for arch support. For more information on Footleveler`s Inc. orthotics visit

Nutritional and Dietary Support Programs.
Dr. Kevin and Marci also utilize nutritional supplementation and homeopathic formulas to support . See our product list to get more information on what we have found to be our best products.

Posture Programs
Dr. Kevin and Marci utilize the concepts of BALANCE, ALIGNMENT and MOTION as a basis for their programs which are supportive of your chiropractic care. These are ongoing classes in our office to ensure STRONG POSTURE which are offered on a regular basis.

Sports Injury Treatments
Dr. Kevin and Marci have years of experience in treating sports injuries of all types using a combination of chiropractic, Trigenics, acupuncture, electrical muscle stimulation and rehabilitation as needed. We see many athletes old and young from dancers and runners to mixed martial artists.

Weight Loss Programs
We are pleased to offer the Ideal Protein Weight Loss program in our office together with its products. This is a medically designed protocol which promotes fat loss while maintaining muscle mass. This method will in most cases reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and reduce blood pressure. (microsite)

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