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Dr. Charles Janovick is a licensed Chiropractor serving the Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota and surrounding areas for over 20 years.

Diversified Technique Adjustments

This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment that 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.

Dr. Janovick’s note and humor on the aforementioned: 

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.

Thompson Technique

Developed originally by Dr. Clay. Thompson and fully patented in 1957, the Thompson Drop Table facilitates a full spine technique by the use of an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven, segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the patient’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted, whether in the dorsal, lumber or pelvic area. By means of this widely used device your practitioner thrusts at high speed, using minimal force, because while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.


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.

Next to the Diversified technique, the Activator Adjusting Instrument is reported to be the most common therapeutic intervention used by chiropractors.


Gonstead is one of the safest methods of chiropractic, allowing the option of adjusting children, pregnant women, and also the elderly. The Gonstead System is unique because it is thorough, complete and specific in both analyzing and treating the spine. The Gonstead practitioner addresses your entire spine when evaluating for the presence of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments producing nerve interference or irritation) which cause ill health.


The Cox Technique is a chiropractic method developed over the past 48 years by Dr. James Cox, the preeminent chiropractic authority on spinal disc disease and treatment. The system and table developed by Dr. Cox allow for a gentle spinal decompression of herniated or ruptured discs. This decompression reduces the pressure inside the disc, rapidly reducing the bulge (herniation) and relieving painful pressure on spinal nerves.

The system is effective in lumbar (low back) conditions resulting in sciatica, leg pain, spinal canal stenosis and many other conditions of the lower lower leg, including pain, burning, numbness and weakness. It is also used to relieve cervical (neck) disc herniation relieving “pinched nerve” pain, numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the arms and upper back related to this condition.

Spinal Decompression 

Safe and effective, non-surgical relief from nagging back or neck pain Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy using our DTS table is a safe and alternative treatment designed to help relieve your nagging back, neck, or referral pain such as sciatica. Clinical studies of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy are reporting that a high percentage of patients show significant reduction of pain. 

A percentage reports the elimination of pain. Thousands of people across the country are enjoying the benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy. Dr. Janovick is eager to help you learn if you are a candidate for this treatment method.

Spinal Decompression Therapy using our DTS table is a safe and effective treatment for pain without the risks associated with surgery, anesthesia, infection, injections, or prescription medication. As you imagine, decompression therapy is rapidly gaining popularity due to it's exceptional results treating chronic back pain without surgery.

Simply described, this method of treatment uses a therapeutic table that is connected to a computer, to electronically stretch and decompress your spinal structures. You rest on the table while a padded harness focuses the gentle force along your spinal column. This decompresses your spine - specifically the intervertebral discs and joints and stretched your spinal muscles - the three structures that produce most of your pain.

Trigger Point Therapy

Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are highly sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are characterized by heightened pain in the patient and a noticeable hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just tender nodules, but they affect the surrounding muscle and tissues.

A form of soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, first coined by Dr. Janet Travell who treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain, is founded on the theory that pain in one part of the body can actually be caused by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. Chiropractic treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.

Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure to these painful, tender areas in order to relieve their pain and dysfunction as well as pain in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are applied together. Theoretically, active trigger points cause muscle pain which passes pain and tenderness to other parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't hurt unless pressed, but they are presumed to cause joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we age.

By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to relax the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point may cause your pain to become more noticeable, it has the strange effect of feeling good at the same time. You will find that trigger point therapy in combination with your Chiropractic Cox Technic treatment goes far to move you toward pain relief.

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Tape is a therapeutic procedure using special tape invented by Japanese Chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase, D.C.  Janovick Chiropractic offers Kinesio Tape to help support your Chiropractic Adjustment by supporting muscles and joints while removing congestion (swelling) from areas of inflammation.

•  REDUCES PAIN by causing the body to release Endorphins and Encephalons (the body's natural pain        relievers).
•  HELPS ADJUSTMENTS HOLD by gently supporting the area.
•  REDUCES SWELLING by improving lymphatic flow.
•  CORRECTS MUSCLE FUNCTION by reducing muscle fatigue and over contraction.

Conventional athletic tape is designed to restrict the movement of affected muscles and joints.  For this purpose, several layers of tape must be rolled on the affected areas, applying significant pressure and resulting in the obstruction of the flow of bodily fluids.  That is why athletic tape is usually applied before an activity and removed soon thereafter.  On the other hand, Kinesio Taping allows free range of motion in order to allow the body's own muscular system to heal itself biomechanically.  The tape itself is very thin and the wave like glue pattern of the tape allows the skin to virtually be lifted from the affected area and gently massages the area during movement allowing for lymph and circulation improvement along with joint stability.

Dr. Janovick has taken special training to be able to follow Kinesio Tape protocol for taping.  Call our office at 715-398-8803 to set up your appointment for taping or to learn more about how Kinesio Tape can benefit you.​​

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