Our Chiropractic Techniques – How we adjust and realign the spine for optimal function

It's all about poiseIn chiropractic, there are about 30 different named techniques, or ways of adjusting the spine. These are ways of correcting restricted and stiff joints in the back, neck, lumbar, pelvis and sacral areas.  Both chiropractors and osteopaths use a variety of manual techniques to help mobilise stiff and tense joints and to reduce pinched nerves. Clearing up blocked areas in the neck and back can aid function and assist healing in the body. Some adjusting methods are general while others are very specific and scientific.

The techniques used in our London clinic are based on the Gonstead technique and the Thompson drop table. Dr. Gonstead was a mechanical engineer prior to being a chiropractor. He developed a very specific technique based on spinal mechanics and spinal anatomy. He applied mechanical engineering principles to the spine and developed a ‘hands on’ approach to correcting spinal misalignments of the neck, mid back, low back, sacroiliac joints and pelvis. This technique addresses mechanical dysfunction of the spine as seen with subluxated vertebrae (poor posture, imbalanced muscle tone, inflamed joints, decreased movement, twisted spinal bones or pelvis and swollen disks or slipped disks). At times, a small instrument called an activator is used on our clinic. Many children and some adults are adjusted using the activator method. The activator technique is an affective and gentle way to clear up blocked and tight areas within the back, neck and hips.