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Thompson Drop Table Technique
the techniques that has been widely accepted by chiropractors and which has
shown impressive results is the Thompson drop table technique.
Drop Table Technique Origin
chiropractic technique gets its name from Dr. clay Thompson, who patented it in
1957. This method emphasizes the entire spine. The patient is placed on a table
that’s adjustable and the portion of the body that relates to the area of the
spine to be adjusted is lowered. The primary treatment areas are the lumbar,
dorsal, and pelvic areas. This technique has become popular since the amount of
force used is less than other methodologies. There is a thrust that causes
movement and a fast drop that will assist the joint in completing the remainder
of the motion.
Does It Work?
begin the length of each of your legs is measured. This is done because a
neurological imbalance can have an effect upon your leg muscles, causing them
to be imbalanced, or unequal in length. This can occur due to an
overstimulation of leg muscles. The leg measurement helps your chiropractor to
determine the type of adjustment that is needed.
will be placed face down on a Thompson Drop Table. We will measure the length
of your legs with your shoes on. This helps us to compare where the heel and
shoe will meet on both legs. We normally take a digital x-ray to further
visualize the length of your legs. Your chiropractor will proceed with the
adjustment with the guidance of the drop piece table.
setting of the drop piece table will depend on your body weight. Your
chiropractor will place a contact hand/lever on this segment of the table. When
your chiropractor applies a thrust this portion of the piece table will drop
gently, which helps in the alignment process. The force by which the table is dropped gets transferred to your joint
and helps to align it.
Drop Table Technique Benefits
- Better Strength
- Posture Improvement
- Better Flexibility
- Sleep Improvement
- Improved Stress
- Reduced Pain And
- Better Overall
The nervous system connects the brain
with all body parts and organs.Nerve
impulses pass between the brain, tongue, eyes, stomach, toes, fingers and
throughout the whole body on electrical conduction pathways called nerves. In
this case, the electrical conduction is caused by electro-chemical reactions and
neurotransmitters, within the nervous system.
Nerve impulses travel from the brain
and into the spinal column. Nerves exit the spinal column at 24 different
levels that start at the brain stem and end at the tailbone, or sacrum. These
nerve impulses control all body functions.
If the spaces that are between the vertebrae
in the spine become narrowed, as the result of a misalignment (subluxation) the
nerve impulse becomes altered or interrupted at that level.
The nerve fiber that emanates from
this area of subluxation will not have an optimal nerve impulse as it travels
to the body parts and organs that it controls. This can result in a loss of
function, pain or degradation in the performance of the affected muscle or
organ. Severe headaches can even result from pressure on a nerve due to a
The Gonstead Chiropractic technique
is designed to locate the areas of subluxation in the spine and then adjust the
affected portion of the back manually, so it is in proper alignment. This
procedure is designed to eliminate the subluxation.
The application of the Gonstead
adjustment to the affected area of the spine removes the impingement of the
nerve and results in the restoration of joint function.
More significantly, is the
restoration of proper nerve function. The nerve impulses from the affected
nerve are restored to optimal functionality and as a result, there is a
restoration of health.
The Diversified technique is a treatment
modality that is a frequently used chiropractic method. This is the method that
is used when a popping sound is heard during a manual adjustment to correct
areas of misalignment or subluxation of an area in the spinal column, including
the neck and back.
The goal is to restore the
biomechanical functioning of joints and to correct areas of misalignment in the
spine. Furthermore, diversified techniques have been created for joint
adjustment, which allows it to be applied to sports related injuries or joint
injuries that result from some other cause.
Diversified spinal adjustments use
manual thrusts and particular lines of drives, which permits specificity in the
correction of spinal subluxations.
Case histories and digital x-rays are
used to analyze and diagnose problems. The adjustment procedure does not
require any instruments. Motion palpation and hands-on methods are used to
apply deep thrusts, which can sometimes cause a popping sound during the
Diversifed adjustment methods are
comprised of low amplitude, high velocity thrusts that normally result in
realignment of a joint or an area of the spine. The normal biomechanics of the
joints and spine are used to create motion in the joint or spine with the
objective of restoring functionality.
The Activator Chiropractic Technique
is a treatment system our chiropractors use in the treatment of many kinds of
neck pain, back pain and headaches.
This method uses hand-held adjusting
instruments to apply an impulse force to a specific area of the spine with the
objective of proper motion restoration to the targeted area.
The activator technique is an
alternative to more traditional forms of spinal adjustment, such as the
Diversified technique, discussed above, which uses low amplitude, high velocity
How the Activator Technique Works
A hand-held, spring-loaded instrument
is used to apply a rapid and low-force impulse to selected points.
In theory, this method has two
advantages. The first advantage is related to the device’s speed. The
instrument operates so rapidly that the muscles of the body don’t have time to
become tense in response. Tense muscles tend to resist a treatment. Therefore,
the lack of muscle tension may result in a superior treatment. The second
advantage is that the force that is applied is localized, so no additional
bending or torque is added to unintended adjacent areas.