Chiropractic Adjustments

A natural drug-free approach to effectively eliminate pain and gain more mobility.

Southwest Spine & Rehab Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments are a natural, drug-free approach to helping patients alleviate pain and gain more mobility. When the spine is properly aligned, the nervous system works correctly and strain on the back and neck is significant reduced.

Chiropractic adjustments are very effective at restoring joint function and mobility, which leads to increased range of motion and reduced pain.

Below are some of the different chiropractic adjustment techniques:

Six Common Chiropractic Adjustments & What They Do

Diversified technique demonstration by Dr. Taylor
Diversified technique

1. Diversified Technique

Using the Diversified technique, chiropractors can successfully adjust the spine and the extremities to restore movement and proper alignment to the spine. Using hands-on thrusts with extreme precision, practitioners can increase a patient’s range of motion which may be affected by misaligned joints or bones. This technique is widely used, with 96% of all chiropractors using the Diversified Technique on approximately 70% of their patients. 

2. Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead Technique is a hands-on technique commonly used by chiropractors to reduce pain and inflammation, Using the Gonstead technique, practitioners will carefully analyse the area and realign the spine to increase mobility. This highly-effective technique is typically administered as the patient is lying on their side as the chiropractor manipulates the lower back or pelvis.

Gonstead technique demonstration
Gonstead technique
Activator technique

3. Activator Technique

A small handheld device known as an ‘Activator’ is commonly used by chiropractors to administer a gentle impulse to the extremities or the vertebral segments of the spine. The spring-loaded device is used to adjust the tone of the nervous system and can be used to treat a variety of conditions from headaches to lower back pain issues.

4. Spinal Decompression

More than 50% of all chiropractic clinics use spinal decompression methods to help treat and manage herniated discs, scoliosis, facet joint pain, and a range of other issues in an effort to align the spine to its normal position. Also known as flexion distraction, cox technique, or decompression manipulation, this technique involves gently stretching the back and/or adjusting the cranium to relieve neck and back issues.

Spinal decompression
Spinal Mobilization

5. Spinal Mobilization

Spinal mobilization is a technique used by chiropractors to restore and improve joint function in patients. While spinal mobilization is a hands-in technique similar to the diversified technique discussed above, it utilizes more gentle thrusting motions and involves more stretching. 

6. Thompson Technique (Also Known As The Drop-Table Technique)

Using a specially designed table constructed of padded platforms fitted with drop mechanisms, chiropractors can administer adjustments with ease. Known as the Thompson technique, Drop Technique, or Drop-Table Technique, individual platforms can be dropped a fraction of an inch as the practitioner applies a quick thrust to complete the adjustment. The gentle dropping motion is comfortable for patients, resembling a light vibration.

Spinal decompression

Six Other Chiropractic Techniques & What They Do

1. Extremity Adjustments

Although mainly recognized as treatments for the back, neck, and spine, there are also chiropractic adjustments performed on the extremities. Dr. Taylor can adjust knees, wrists, hands, shoulders, and even sinuses to treat pain and other ailments associated with these areas.

2. Flexion Distraction

The flexion distraction technique is commonly used to treat symptomatic disc injuries with back pain and leg pain. A special table is used to gently and carefully stretch the spine. This allows the chiropractor to isolate the area and flex the spine with a pumping rhythm. The adjustment is pain-free and even considered comfortable.

3. Low Level Laser Therapy

This non-invasive, fast-acting treatment can reduce pain and swelling and promote healing. The treatment involves infusing the body’s cells with photonic stimuli energy to reduce inflammation, increase cell regeneration, and improve blood flow.

4. Anodyne

This is a light therapy that is proven to relieve pain, stiffness, circulation problems, and muscle spasms.

5. Trigger Point Therapy

This technique is effective for treating pain that results from hypersensitive muscles. The chiropractor identifies trigger points by gently putting pressure on the targeted area (known as palpation) and feeling the spot of the underlying muscle. These spots are knots in the muscle tissue made up of lactic acid, which can get trapped in the muscle from emotional, physical, or chemical stress.

6. Intersegmental Traction

This effective chiropractic therapy is usually applied before the chiropractic adjustment to increase mobility by inducing passive motion into the spine. It helps reestablish normal mobility and function of the spine.

There are many different types of chiropractic adjustments. Based on your unique needs, Dr. Taylor outlines the best adjustment options to help you reach your health and pain management goals.  If you would like to learn more about any of the above techniques or see what the best treatment option for you would be, call 480-354-2008 or contact us via our online form here.