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Manual Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques

Diversified Technique

This is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one most familiar to patients. The diversified adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic adjustment). As the name implies, the diversified technique can be used to adjust many of the joints in the body.

Extremity Adjusting

This is the application of chiropractic adjustments to joints other than those of the spine, i.e., shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand/finger, hip, knee, ankle/foot/toe. Examples of conditions treated by extremity adjustment: carpal tunnel syndrome and gait- or posture-related problems.

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

Wedge-shaped blocks are usually placed under the pelvis of the prone patient to treat problems identified in the low back. Low force, slow pressure types of adjustments may also be used to address joint problems identified in the skull. SOT may be used as an exclusive treatment or as an adjunct method of patient management.

Thompson Technique

This chiropractic method uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments are propped up a fraction of an inch so that when the thrust is delivered, the table drops slightly, assisting the thrust while minimizing the force used for the adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur.

Pediatric Adjusting: Torque Release Technique

A Torque Release Technique (TRT)  adjustment can be delivered with the spine in a perfectly relaxed neutral position with the perfect amount of force: Whereas a traditional adjustment requires the spine to be stretched to a position of tension followed by the manual thrust by hand to sufficiently open the spinal joints to activate a cavitation response.  Practice members enjoy the specific adjustment without the force, cracking and popping sound of manual adjustments.

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