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What are the Common Chiropractic Adjustment Methods?

Apr 19


Chiropractic adjustments are also called spinal manipulation. This is a kind of manual therapy that eases pressure on the joints and increases the range of motion. It is utilized to treat back and neck pain and headaches. But chiropractors also utilize it to treat minor ailments.

Chiropractors in Tacoma Wa have the ability to employ more than 100 kinds of spinal manipulation techniques. Some are gentle and others require you to apply controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint.

Here's a list that includes the most popular chiropractic adjustments.


1. Diversified Technique

This multipurpose technique is designed to achieve three primary goals: to restore spinal alignment, fix joint dysfunction, and allow proper movement and mobility. Practitioners are able to use precise hands-on thrusts to restore the alignment of the spine and increase the range of motion for patients who could be impaired due to joint or bones that are not aligned properly. About 70% of chiropractors utilize the Diversified Technique on their patients. 96% employ it.


2. Spinal Manipulation (aka Spinal Mobilization)

Both chiropractors and physical therapists utilize the technique of spinal manipulation (also known as spinal mobilization or manual therapy) to relieve the pressure on joints, decrease inflammation, and enhance the function of the nerve. The practice of spinal mobilization is a manual therapy method which is similar to different types of. It is a gentler way of executing thrusting movements and more stretching.


3. Thompson Drop-Table Technique

Thompson Drop-Table is a table with drop mechanisms and padded platforms. The doctor can drop or lower the patient by just a fraction of an inch, and the practitioner makes a quick thrust to complete the adjustment. Patients are comfortable by the gentle motion of dropping like a gentle vibration.


4. The Gonstead Adjustment

For restoring normal alignment of the disc and to maximize mobility The Gonstead Adjustment can be an option. To adjust the patient is able to sit or lie down.

The most distinctive characteristic of the Gonstead adjustment is that it can be administered while the patient lies on their back or sitting while the chiropractor treats the pelvis or lower back.


5. The Activator Method

An "Activator" A small hand-held device, used by chiropractors, gives gentle impulses to the spine's extremities. The spring-loaded device regulates tension within the nerve system. It can be used for a wide range of ailments, such as lower back pain and headaches.

6. Flexion-Distraction

Flexion-Distraction uses a unique table to distract and flex the spine in a soft slow, rhythmic motion. This treatment is used to treat disc injuries that can cause leg and back discomfort. The procedure is painless and comfortable, which makes it an the perfect choice for those who've recently experienced injuries or who are intolerant to other adjustments.


7. Decompression of Spine

It is more of an adjustment for chiropractic than it is a chiropractic technique. However, it is able to effectively relieve lower back pain caused by degenerated, bulging, or herniated discs. Spinal decompression is performed with a specially-designed table that gently moves the spine in order to promote a healthy flow of fluid.

For more information please visit:

Finlayson Family Chiropractic

6201 Pacific Ave STE A, Tacoma, WA 98408

(253) 302–3750

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