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Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a type of manual therapy to help to ease pressure on joints and improve the range of spinal motion. The therapy is often used to treat neck, back, shoulder and headache but chiropractors also use it to treat other minor ailments also. There are more than 100 types of spinal manipulation techniques used by chiropractors.


Direct Thrust Technique
Direct thrust technique, also known as diversified technique, is one of the oldest and the most commonly used techniques. In this type of chiropractic adjustment, a chiropractor uses their hands to apply a rapid thrust or impulse to align the spine. This involves taking a part of your spine and quickly moving it to one side (application of a rapid thrust).

Gonstead Adjustment
Another common chiropractic technique is Gonstead adjustment. It is a hands-on technique that involves thoroughly analysing the spinal region and realigning the spine to reduce pain and inflammation in the affected areas.

Activator Technique
In this technique, a chiropractor uses a small handheld spring-loaded device called an activator that delivers a small impulse to the spine. This technique effectively adjusts the tone of the nervous system. Consequently, it is used to treat everything from neck pain and back pain to headaches (both chronic and migraine).

Drop Technique
Drop technique or Thompson Terminal Point involves specialized treatment tables that have drop mechanisms to facilitate the movement of the joint. This technique is sometimes used in place of, or in addition to, a more traditional manipulative adjustment method. While the drop table may sound a bit frightening, the chiropractic experience is actually very comfortable.

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