Analysis & Adjusting Technique:
The Sherman System

Sherman prepares our students with a solid foundation from classroom to clinic.

It is not another prescriptive set of protocols, but a technologically advanced, philosophically sound, clinically useful approach to the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation.

It provides a mental framework for interns to employ clinical reasoning skills. We address the entire spine from occiput to pelvis, and give special attention to the unique neurodynamics of the upper cervical region.

Once this foundation has been laid, we encourage students to explore additional proprietary technical approaches through our elective program. We offer techniques such as Gonstead, Pierce, Blair, Activator and others. (see catalog).

thermographyWhat do we mean when we say…

    Technologically Advanced

    Philosophically Sound

    Clinically Useful

        It incorporates some the very best adjusting methods (from Gonstead, Pierce, Palmer, Thompson, Diversified) with the Toggle-Recoil as its centerpiece, Our intern are proficient in supine, prone, side posture and seated adjusting methods adapted from some of the most commonly utilized techniques.

        It is a system capable of identifying the existence of vertebral subluxations throughout the entire spinal column, regardless of the patients’ symptomatology.

adjustmentOur approach to technique is a congruent and cohesive approach, not a patchwork of different technique systems.

The Sherman System is the result of collaboration between of dozens of doctors, with a diversity of technical approaches representing hundreds of years of experience.

It is centrally focused on the vertebral subluxation as the clinical entity which clearly identifies chiropractic care as distinct from any other health care paradigm.

We believe that a well trained chiropractor should be prepared to adjust any spinal segment in a variety of ways.

You can click on the spinal segments listed on the right to review some of the many adjusting methods we teach for each segment.

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Spinal Segment Technique

Point mouse to name of segment to see techniques taught.
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Cervical

OcciputOcciput

Knee Chest Method
Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Supine Methods
Occiput Contact (Diversified)
Seated Methods
Occiput/Glabella Contacts (Gonstead)

C1 Atlas C1 Atlas

Knee Chest Method
Posterior Arch Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Side Posture Method
Transverse Process Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Supine Methods
Transverse Contact (Diversified)
Seated Methods
Transverse Contact (Gonstead)

C2 Axis C2 Axis

Knee Chest Method
Spinous contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Supine Methods
Supine Lamina Contact (Diversified)
Supine Spinous Contact (Diversified)

Seated Methods
Lamina Contact (Gonstead)
Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
Lamina Contact (Diversified)

C3 C3

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Supine Methods
Supine Lamina Contact (Diversified)
Supine Spinous Contact (Diversified)

Seated Methods
Lamina Contact (Gonstead)
Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
Lamina Contact (Diversified)

C4 C4

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Supine Methods
Supine Lamina Contact (Diversified)
Supine Spinous Contact (Diversified)

Seated Methods
Lamina Contact (Gonstead)
Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
Lamina Contact (Diversified)

C5 C5

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Supine Methods
Supine Lamina Contact (Diversified)
Supine Spinous Contact (Diversified)
Seated Methods
Lamina Contact (Gonstead)
Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
Lamina Contact (Diversified)

C6 C6

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Side Posture Method
Spinous Contact - Toggle Recoil (Palmer)
Lamina Contact- Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Supine Methods
Supine Lamina Contact (Diversified)
Supine Spinous Contact (Diversified)

Seated Methods
Lamina Contact (Gonstead)
Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
Lamina Contact (Diversified)

C7 C7

Supine Methods
Supine Lamina Contact (Diversified)
Supine Spinous Contact (Diversified)

Seated Methods
Lamina Contact (Gonstead)
Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
Lamina Contact (Diversified)

Thoracic

T1 T1

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Thumb-Modified Thumb ( Diversified)
Pisiform-Modified Pisiform ( Diversified)
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )
Seated Methods

Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

T2 T2

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Thumb-Modified Thumb ( Diversified)
Pisiform-Modified Pisiform ( Diversified)
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

Seated Methods
Spinous Contact (Gonstead)

T3 T3

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T4 T4

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T5 T5

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T6 T6

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T7 T7

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T8 T8

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T9 T9

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T10 T10

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T11 T11

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

T12 T12

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Crossed Pisiform ( Diversified )
Single Hand - Spinous contact (Gonstead)
Side Slip ( Thompson )

Lumbar

L1 L1

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Double Thenar (Diversified)

Side Posture Methods
Sustained Toggle (Thompson)

L2 L2

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Double Thenar (Diversified)

Side Posture Methods
Sustained Toggle (Thompson)

L3 L3

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Double Thenar (Diversified)

Side Posture Methods
Sustained Toggle (Thompson)

L4 L4

Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Double Thenar (Diversified)

Side Posture Methods
Sustained Toggle (Thompson)
Spinous--Mamillary Push (Gonstead)
Spinous--Mamillary Pull (Gonstead)

Seated Methods
Seated Lumbar (Thompson)

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Prone Methods
Toggle Recoil; Spinous-Transverse ( Palmer)
Double Thenar (Diversified)

Side Posture Methods
Sustained Toggle (Thompson)
Spinous--Mamillary Push (Gonstead)
Spinous--Mamillary Pull (Gonstead)

Seated Methods
Seated Lumbar (Thompson)

Sacrum Sacrum

Side Posture Methods
Sacral Tubercle Contact (Gonstead)
Intermediate Sacral Crest Contact - involved side up (Gonstead)
Intermediate Sacral Crest Contact - involved side down (Gonstead)
Intermediate Sacral Crest Contact Pull (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
Sacral Notch Contact (Diversified)
Sacral Tubercle Contact (Gonstead)
Intermediate Sacral Crest Contact (Gonstead)
Third Sacral Tubercle Contact (Pierce)
Sacral Apex and PSIS Contact (Thompson)
Toggle Recoil ( Palmer)

Ilium Ilium

Side Posture Methods
PSIS Contact Push (Gonstead)
PSIS Contact Pull (Gonstead)
Acetabular Rim Contact Push (Gonstead)
Acetabular Rim Contact Pull (Gonstead)

Prone Methods
PSIS Contact (diversified)
Ischial Tuberosity Contact (diversified)
Bilateral PSIS and Ischial Tuberosity Contact (Thompson)
Toggle Recoil PSIS Contact (Palmer)
Ishcial Tuberosity Contact Toggle Recoil (Palmer)

Supine Methods
Pubic Tubercle Contact (Pierce)
Pubic Tubercle Contact (Thompson)
ASIS Contact (Thompson)
Knee and ASIS Contact (Thompson)

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