4 Types of Chiropractic Adjustments

What are the types of chiropractic adjustments?

  1. Gonstead Technique
  2. Decompression Manipulation
  3. Thompson Technique
  4. Direct Thrust Technique
  In this day and age, even the slightest movements can trigger the most painful sensations in a certain part of your body. If you’ve ever visited a chiropractor, sometimes the technique they do can feel like magic. The reason for this is that specialists employ different types of chiropractic adjustments that target different areas of the back. There is no single technique able to create lasting and pain-free solutions. Your chiropractor will have to target specific areas of your lower back, spine, and neck during your various sessions. Continue reading to find out more about the various chiropractic adjustments employed by your specialist.  

Gonstead Technique

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhzLv5tlxGY[/embed] It’s fairly common for people who work long hours in the office sitting in non-ergonomically manufactured chairs to eventually feel soreness in their pelvic or lower back area. Try as they might, all other kinds of remedies may seem to fail. Fortunately, they can easily visit a chiropractor who is well-versed in the Gonstead Technique. This kind of adjustment specifically targets the lower back and pelvis area of the patient. In order for this kind of adjustment to be more effective, the patient is asked to lie on their side. The chiropractor then begins to apply pressure in the mentioned areas of the back in order to reduce pain, loosen the joints, as well as increase mobility.  

Decompression Manipulation

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqgNZj25bUk[/embed] Also called the Cox Technique, Decompression Manipulation is generally practiced by chiropractic specialists as a way to alleviate the pain caused by spinal disc herniations. People suffering from this condition are well aware of the throbbing pain which can be palpable starting from the back and the arms depending on the herniated area. The other goal of decompression manipulation is to increase the space between the bones located in the spine by applying pressure that can slightly stretch the lower back traction. For this specific adjustment, chiropractors make use of a specialized adjustment table which contains moving parts in order to make the mild stretching possible. Depending on the kind of package you have agreed upon with your specialist, you’ll be able to feel increased mobility in your spinal area in no time.  

Thompson Technique

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljkYHflmr8c[/embed] Similar to the previous adjustment mentioned, the Thompson Technique requires the use of a specialized segmental drop table with built-in padded platforms designed to slightly drop. This movement occurs simultaneously as the chiropractor applies a quick and decisive thrust on your spinal area or other extremities. The thompson technique targets patients who experience slight irregularities when it comes to the length of their lower extremities. While lying down on the drop table, the patient’s feet are stretched and examined to determine the level of adjustment the chiropractor will make. While you may be daunted by this kind of adjustment, it creates a vibrating sensation which many patients are able to derive relief from. This leads to improved posture as well as increased flexibility and strength.  

Direct Thrust Technique

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtBpUcrEWfQ[/embed] The Direct Thrust Technique is also referred to as Spinal Manipulation. The misalignment of the spine may be the cause of persistent pain or diminished mobility. Your specialist will help your spine achieve proper alignment with a high-velocity and low-amplitude thrust. In this kind of motion, the gas that has been trapped in between the joints is released, producing a popping sound.  

Key Takeaway

Different types of chiropractic adjustments have been developed by specialists across decades in order to further target specific areas of a patient’s back. By employing these adjustments, or combinations of them, chiropractors can more effectively treat patients. This is especially true for those experiencing chronic pain and limited mobility due to spinal herniations and other spinal or joint-related issues. The guide above has hopefully presented you with an idea of just some of the available chiropractic adjustments which specialists practice. Want to know more about chiropractic adjustments? Click here to contact us now!

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

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