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What are the Common Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques?

Apr 19


Chiropractic adjustments are also known as spinal manipulation. This is a type of manual therapy that relieves pressure on joints and expands the range of motion. It is utilized for treating back and neck as well as headaches. It can be used by chiropractors to treat minor injuries.

Chiropractor in tacoma wa has the ability to employ more than 100 different types of spinal manipulation techniques. Certain techniques are gentle while others require the application of controlled, rapid pressure on the joint.


Here's a list of the most frequently requested chiropractic adjustments.


1. Diversified Technique

This multipurpose technique has three main goals: to restore spinal alignment, fix joint pain, and permit the proper mobility and movement. Practitioners can use precise, hands-on thrusts to fix bone or joint alignment issues and restore the patient's mobility range. The Diversified Technique is employed by 96% of chiropractors for approximately 70% of their patients.


2. Spinal Manipulation (aka Spinal Mobilization)

Physical therapists and chiropractors employ the technique of spinal manipulation (also called manual therapy or spine mobilization) to ease the pressure on joints, reduce inflammation and improve nerve function. Spinal mobilization is a manual therapy method similar to the diversified version, uses gentler thrusting motions and requires more stretching.


3. Thompson Drop-Table Technique

Thompson Drop-Table is tables that have drop mechanisms and cushioned platforms. The doctor can drop or lower the patient by a fraction of an inch, and the doctor makes a swift motion to adjust the position. The gentle dropping motion is like a gentle vibration, and the patient feels at comfortable.


4. The Gonstead Adjustment

To restore normal disc alignment and to maximize mobility the Gonstead Adjustment is an option. For the adjustment the patient is able to lie down or stand.

The unique contact point in the Gonstead adjustment is used while the patient lies down or sits up, while the chiropractor works on the pelvis and lower back.


5. The Activator Method

Chiropractors typically use a small hand-held device known as an "Activator" to deliver gentle impulses to the extremities of their spine and vertebral segments. This spring-loaded device adjusts tone within the nerve system. It is a solution for a range of conditions, including back pain and headaches.

6. Flexion-Distraction

Flexion-Distraction uses a unique table to release and flex the spine in a gentle and rhythmic movement. This method treats disc injuries that cause back and leg pain. This adjustment is painless, relaxing, and an excellent option for those who have been injured recently or are sensitive to other adjustments.


7. The Spine is decompressed

Although it is more like a chiropractic adjustment than a traditional chiropractic procedure but it's still worth noting because it effectively relieves lower back pain that is caused by herniated, bulging, or degenerated discs. The procedure is carried out using a special table that gently moves the spine to encourage healthy fluid flow.

For more information please visit:

Finlayson Family Chiropractic

6201 Pacific Ave STE A, Tacoma, WA 98408

(253) 302–3750

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