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Cervical (Neck) Adjusting Techniques

Thoracic (Mid-back) Adjusting Techniques

Lumbar (Low Back) Adjusting Techniques

The Activator technique is a low-force, gentle adjusting technique that is very good for a wide variety of individuals.  Our chiropractors use it commonly on infants and others who are either very sensitive to pressure or who don’t care to hear the audible noise that

occurs during a manual

adjustment.  Activator

is also used commonly

when adjusting

extremities (for

example:wrist, knee,

ankle, etc.). 

Activator Technique

Activator for the Neck



Along with Gonstead, Diversified is considered part of the “Palmer Package.”  Diversified is another manual adjusting technique commonly used to address the upper and middle back as well as the neck.  Similar to the Gonstead technique, the patient will often times hear and feel and audible “pop” as the dysfunctional segment is corrected. 

Diversified Technique

Diversified for the Neck

Gonstead is a manual adjusting technique used to manually correct dysfunctional joints.  This technique employs a greater force than an activator but allows the patient and the doctor to feel the correction being made to the dysfunctional segment.  Typically, an audible sound is felt and heard during the adjustment.  This technique is commonly used for the lumbar and pelvic portion of the spine.  



It's a rarity to find a spinal misalignment that doesn’t have some connection to an extremity misalignment.  The spinal misalignment either causes the extremity to become dysfunctional or on occasion, an extremity dysfunction causes a spinal misalignment.  


This technique involved using a very specialized table that can either manually or pneumatically pop up under the targeted section of the anatomy.  A corrective force is then placed into the dysfunctional segment which causes the previously elevated portion of the adjusting table to drop.  The dropping table allows the misaligned bone to slip into place.  This is a great technique for those who don’t like the sound of the typical manual adjustment or for patients who might struggle to relax to receive the adjustment.  

Thompson Drop

Thompson Drop for the Neck

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