Some common types of adjustment techniques include:
Instrumental adjustments are a gentle method for adjusting the spine. Your chiropractor will use a spring-loaded adjustment instrument to perform the procedure while you lie face down on an examination table.
You will lie on your side for the procedure. Your chiropractor will quickly apply firm pressure to your spine.
Motion palpation is a hands-on technique in which your chiropractor feels your vertebrae to determine if they are in the proper position.
During release work, your chiropractor will use his or her fingers to apply gentle pressure to separate your vertebrae.
You will lie face down on a special chiropractic table during a table adjustment. When your chiropractor applies pressure to your spine, the table will drop. This allows for a lighter adjustment than is achieved with standard manual techniques.
A toggle drop is a technique in which the chiropractor uses crossed hands to deliver a quick precise thrust to the spine.
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