Types of Chiropractic Adjustments


Chiropractors use several techniques to help alleviate their patients from the excruciating pain they feel. Their techniques include the following:

Direct thrust technique

This is also known as a low amplitude high velocity thrust. This is what people mean when they talk about cracking their back. A special technique is used for such cracking. Using a high-velocity force, the chiropractor realigns a particular area of the spine which causes the said cracking noise. An example of such an area that a chiropractic realigns is the neck.


The purpose of this technique is to increase the movement of the joints. In this technique, the chiropractor rotates, flexes, and moves the joints through various motions. A low velocity force is used for this technique and it includes the circling of shoulders, ankles, or wrists.

Functional technique

The chiropractor, in this technique, applies slight pressure to a joint that is wound up to release all the tension and tightness. The pressure is applied until a release is felt.

Muscle energy

This technique involves the participation of the patient. The purpose of this technique is to increase the range of motion. The patient will have to perform what the chiropractor performs, but in the opposite direction.

Myofascial release

There are quite a few similarities between this technique and acupressure. This adjustment identifies all the areas that are under tension in the fascia. Then, using a sustained pressure, all the areas are relaxed. A slim membrane which connects, as well as covers, all the muscles present in the body is known as the fascia. If the fascia becomes tight or tense, a few conditions such as spinal misalignment and muscle tension can occur.

Table adjustments

Table adjustments involve the use of a special kind of table that comes with a drop piece. The method is used mainly for spinal adjustments and is a gentle way of applying pressure directly to the spine. As the chiropractor performs a direct thrust, a piece is released from the table. As a result, the effect created is the same as created by a toggle drop, however, less force is involved.

Manipulation using anesthesia

Once the patient stops responding to all the traditional adjustments, light anesthesia is used. Moreover, people with the inability to relax and continue feeling nervous or tense are also suitable for such a treatment option. Only a certified chiropractor can perform this technique within the confines of a hospital.