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Most Common Chiropractic Techniques

Activator Method

This technique uses specific protocols to detect spinal subluxation, analyze leg length inequality, identify issues with body mechanics, and test neurological reflexes. The activator instrument is a hand-held tool used to deliver a gentle, fast-thrust, low-force chiropractic adjustment.

Applied Kinesiology

This is an approach to chiropractic in which several specific procedures may be combined. Diversified adjusting techniques may be used with nutritional interventions and light massage of various points referred to as neurolymphatic and neurovascular points.

Cox Flexion/Distraction

This technique employs mechanical and hands-on adjustments utilizing a special table on which the spine is tractioned and flexed forward. This technique is primarily used in treating cervical and lumbar disc herniations, non-disc spinal disorders, and to increase mobility of spinal joints.

Cranial Technique

This may be utilized by several chiropractic techniques where the application of the chiropractic adjustment to joints of the skull is applied. Since individual anatomy of skull joints varies, the styles of adjustment are different and no cavitation occurs.

Diversified Technique

This is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one most familiar to patients. The diversified adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic adjustment). As the name implies, the diversified technique can be used to adjust many of the joints in the body.

Extremity Adjusting

This is the application of chiropractic adjustments to joints other than those of the spine, i.e., shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand/finger, hip, knee, ankle/foot/toe. Examples of conditions treated by extremity adjustment: carpal tunnel syndrome and gait- or posture-related problems.

Gonstead Technique

This is a specific chiropractic technique named after its founder Dr. Clarence Gonstead. It utilizes adjustments by hand that usually result in joint cavitation. X-ray analysis, palpation, and temperature gradient studies are used in clinical decisions as to which segments to adjust.

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

Wedge-shaped blocks are usually placed under the pelvis of the prone patient to treat problems identified in the low back. Low force, slow pressure types of adjustments may also be used to address joint problems identified in the skull. SOT may be used as an exclusive treatment or as an adjunct method of patient management.

Thompson Technique

This chiropractic method uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments are propped up a fraction of an inch so that when the thrust is delivered, the table drops slightly, assisting the thrust while minimizing the force used for the adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur.

Toggle Recoil

This chiropractic technique is used to adjust the upper cervical spine. The theory is that a specific adjustment of this area also addresses problems throughout the entire body of the patient. Usually no cavitation occurs. X-Ray analysis, temperature gradient studies, leg length analysis, and palpation are commonly used in determining which segments to adjust.