The Most Popular Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques
While the number of named chiropractic techniques may exceed 100 or more, here is a brief description of the more popular techniques used by chiropractors around the world. After a thorough examination, your chiropractor is likely to use one of these chiropractic techniques:
Diversified Technique – With the patient lying face down on a padded bench, a quick thrust is administered with the chiropractor’s hands. Sometimes a slight “popping” sound is heard as gas and fluids shift in the joint.
Activator Method® – As one of the most popular low-force chiropractic techniques in the world, this approach relies on a small hand-held, spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust accompanied by a “clicking” sound.
Upper Cervical Technique – Because the brainstem extends down into the uppermost portion of the spine, adjustments here can have profound whole-body effects. Upper cervical adjustments rely on precise mathematical calculations and a thorough knowledge of spinal biomechanics.
Palmer Technique – This is actually a variety of techniques taught at the Palmer College of Chiropractic, known as the fountainhead of chiropractic, located in Davenport, Iowa. This “package” of chiropractic techniques combines aspects of many techniques, including diversified, Thompson, Gonstead and toggle recoil.
Thompson Technique – One of the things that make the Thompson Terminal Point technique so unique is the special adjusting table. Individual portions of the cushioned table release under the patient when the thrust is delivered, significantly reducing the amount of energy needed to move individual spinal bones.
Atlas Orthogonal – This adjusting method addresses the uppermost bone of your spine, using an instrument that causes a stylus to move so quickly that it creates a pressure wave that moves the bone. Much like a billiard ball striking another and transferring its energy, very little pressure is needed to make the adjustment.
Network Spinal Analysis – All it takes is a light touch. By touching certain contact points at specific moments as you inhale and exhale, your body is gently coaxed out of its defense position into a more relaxed, peaceful state.
A Variety of Adjusting Techniques With One Goal
As you can see, there are many adjusting techniques that chiropractors use. Most chiropractors have a favorite or two, yet are willing to adapt their adjusting techniques based on your comfort and preference. Just ask!