What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
The adjustment is a safe and natural procedure used by Doctors of Chiropractic to restore and improve health. The art and science behind the adjustment takes years of study and practice. Chiropractors are the only highly-trained health care specialists that perform adjustments.
Five Types of Chiropractic Adjustment1.) Gonstead Technique
This hands-on technique often involves adjusting the low back or pelvis as the patient lies on their side. Chiropractors use it to realign joints, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility.
2.) Activator Technique
A handheld adjusting instrument delivers a gentle impulse into the vertebral segments of the spine, or the extremities. The force feels like a light thumping sensation when used to treat everything from low back pain to certain types of headaches, like migraines.
3.) Flexion Distraction
Also called Cox Technic or decompression manipulation, it’s used in more than half of all chiropractic clinics, and a method of choice when treating disc herniations, facet joint pain, scoliosis and other conditions.
4.) Thompson/Drop Table Technique
This involves a specially adapted table with padded platforms designed to drop a fraction of an inch when the chiropractor applies a quick thrust to make an adjustment. The subtle dropping motion, which patients feel as vibration, makes it very comfortable for most patients.
5.) Diversified Technique
Also employed to adjust the spine and extremities, this feels similar to the Gonstead technique. It’s considered the most widely used technique involving very precise hands-on thrusts aimed at restoring proper movement and alignment to the spine.
Keep in mind that there are hundreds of adjustment techniques used around the world by Doctors of Chiropractic. Oftentimes, a chiropractor will use one or more technique depending on the issue and patient.