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Chiropractic Treatments

Patients choose Dr. Alan J. Schultz in Johnston, IA due to several reasons. Decades of experience along with customizing your Chiropractic “adjustments.” This means using many specialized chiropractic manipulation techniques (manual manipulation), all according to YOUR preferences, in order to achieve fast, effective, long lasting health results. GET STARTED TODAY!


Dr. Alan Schultz

Customized Treatments

Dr. Alan Schultz, practicing in Johnston, Iowa, customizes the Chiropractic Methods to the individual patient. Many others force a single (doctor preferred) method (such as Gonstead) on the patient.

You are unique. Therefore, your treatment will evolve using methods in their purist intended form. With your ongoing feedback, this creates a hybrid form of treatment best adapted to your needs and preferences.

Dr. Schultz has developed a very unique style over the past three decades. Utilizing seven core styles of manual manipulation (chiropractic adjustments), he begins to blend styles depending on your age, body size, medical complications and your patient preferences. This gives each unique patient a unique treatment. The result: the most comfortable and effective treatment possible.

Dr. Schultz blends these treatment styles using specialized treatment tables:


Thompson Method Table
This method is via the precision engineered Zenith 210, for accurate, comfortable, and gentle chiropractic manipulation techniques.

Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

Thompson Terminal Point table.
Patient being adjusted on a Thompson table.
Another view of the Thompson Terminal point table at Schultz Chiropractic & Acupuncture

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

A System of Analysis

Early chiropractors noticed that subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

High Levels of Patient Comfort

What patients often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality.

Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Popular and Patented

So unique is this approach, Dr. Thompson was granted a patent in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and patient results, it is a method that is highly sought after. Limited numbers of chiropractors possess the precision engineered Zenith table, best suited to perform Thompson Method. Come and experience chiropractic in it’s most gentle form.


For this method, Dr. Schultz utilizes Cox Flexion-Distraction Method via precision engineered Zenith Cox table. Most useful for gentle manipulation for the diagnosis of herniated lumbar disc, cervical disc herniation, pinched/compressed nerve.

We use a special table so we can traction your spine, opening up the spacing between spinal vertebrae and relieving pressure to spinal.

This is a gentle, non-force adjusting approach. The thing that most patients notice first is our special table. The movements of this table help traction the spine, opening up compressed spinal discs and reducing pressure on facet joints of the spine.

Named after its developer, Dr. James Cox, this highly-effective technique combines osteopathic principles with the specific, highly-directed approach used in chiropractic. The combination offers a conservative resolution of low back and leg pain that often averts the need for surgery.

The Cox Flexion-Distraction technique we use gives us the ability to place spinal joints in a more normal motion and position without pain or aggravating your condition.

By lying on the table, neutralizing the effects of gravity, we’re able to gently separate spinal joints and move them through a more normal range of motion. Patients find this surprisingly pleasant. We find it powerfully effective.

A study involving 1000 patient cases of back pain treated by 30 different chiropractors, 93% of whom used the Cox Technique to care for patient’s back pain, this technique is successful and well tolerated by patients according to their responses to the technique:

  • Excellent: 47%
  • Very Good: 14%
  • Good: 10%
  • Fair: 7%
  • Poor: 4%
  • Surgery: 4%
  • Stopped, did not start care, not treated: 4%

The average number of days to maximum improvement was 29 days.

The average number of visits to maximum improvement was 12.

Cox Distraction Manipulation is the well documented, researched, proven effective, non-surgical technique for low back pain!


This full spine approach relies on X-rays and a heat-sensing instrument for a thorough evaluation and documented results. Named after its developer, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, this approach came from his engineering background. His “foundation principle” explains how a subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.

A Thorough Evaluation

After studying your health history, we conduct a complete examination. This generally includes full spine X-rays and precise analysis. Using a small heat-sensing instrument, subluxation patterns are revealed by slight differences in temperature. Finally, we use our fingertips to “palpate” or feel the location of individual bones and how they may differ from their normal position.

Full Spine Correction

With a complete picture of your spine it’s time to make the needed corrections.

To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, we’ll have you lie on your side. Subluxations in the middle back are corrected as you assume a comfortable kneeling position. When you are seated, we can restore the integrity of your spine without twisting or rotating your neck.

Sometimes you’ll hear a slight “popping” sound that we call cavitation. Sometimes you won’t. Either way, better health is on the way!

Safe and Effective

The Gonstead Technique is acknowledged as one of the safest systems of evaluating and caring for the spine.

Adjusting Tables
Side Adjustment Tech

CBP technique graphic


BioPhysics Technique is the equivalent of orthodontics for the spine. The method uses measurements on x-ray and digital photographic posture evaluations. Using analytic geometry, three coordinate axes are determined and utilized to provide vectors for proper direction of manipulations.

The highly analytical approach of CBP Technique emphasizes optimal posture and spinal alignment as primary goals of chiropractic care, simultaneously documenting improvements in pain, functional based outcomes, and patient well being.

If you have ever wondered if chiropractic care can produce long term benefits, this method utilizes pre and post posture and pre and post x-ray studies that demonstrate dramatic changes over time. This method has also been called the Science of Spinal Health.


Applying a light contact to the sacrum, relaxes the muscles and allows the “foundation of your spine” to support your body properly. read more»


After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints. read more»


nrct-imageNeurologic Relief Center Technique is an upper cervial method, concentrating only on the first cervical verebrae (C1). It is performed with two hand held instruments that apply pressure to the vertebrae as you lay on your back. The weight of your head dictates the pressure applied. The method usually evolves to a highly precise manual manipulation of C1 in precise angles or directions in order to free up the pressure found in this area.

Malpositioned C1 vertebra creates stress that builds up at the base of the skull, and this can produce a pull on the meninges, which are not that flexible. Meniges are attached to all of the nerve roots that exit your spine. When meniges are pulled, it often irritates those nerves.

NRC Technique (NRCT) releases tension in the meninges, thus releasing the irritation to the nerves. The method is non-invasive and painless.

Effective for fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, neck pain, and concentration problems.

Trigger Point Therapy

Image of patient receiving Trigger Point Therapy.
By applying constant pressure with the thumbs, elbow or hand instrument, muscles relax and pain is reduced.

The doctor utilizes trigger point therapy to reduce pain and allow adjustments to hold for longer periods of time.

By applying direct pressure or stretching of the affected muscle, we can reduce muscle spasms and flush out pooled blood and accumulated toxins. read more»

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let Dr. Alan Schultz know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.

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