Chiropractic Tools For Professional Stress Relief

chiropractic tools used on the spineChiropractic tools are a healing process that focuses on improving muscular and central nervous system of your body. This is a relatively new process; patients are not quite familiar with the techniques and corresponding procedures. Depending on how patients will react to methods used, wellness chiropractors may choose to combine the techniques used or may decide to use just one exclusively. This is because the side effect of every procedure is unique to different people.

The chiropractic technique was first founded in the year 1895 and has been practiced since then. The spine has been manipulated by chiropractors in a bid to perform adjustments. All these are efforts put into relieving the pain felt by patients and to bring about an improvement to the functions of the joint.

The laying of hands or using of instruments by these practitioners varies widely. It was referenced by Robert Hayden, the spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association that there are about 150 techniques referenced in the chiropractic literature. He went ahead to note that practitioners typically use more than one to tailor treatment to their patients’ needs.

Doctors, even though the process is considered safe, have advised patients to make inquiries on the risks involved when the complications is a rare one like a herniated disc before agreeing to go through adjustments. This also pertains to compression of nerves.

The different chiropractic tools can be broadly divided into two categories: Manual Adjusting Methods and Instrument Based Methods. While the former is performed mostly by hands, the latter involves the use of tools that are engineered to adjust your spine or joints to offer relief to patients.

This article will focus on the techniques used to relieve pressure, that is, the Manual Adjusting Techniques.


Chiropractors apply low amplitude in this technique. It involves high velocity thrust upon the spine and affected area. Cavitation of your joint and a popping sound is part of the results. This technique is used to treat numerous joints of the body and is the most commonly used chiropractic manipulation.


In this technique, a variation that is clearly diversified, it primarily focuses on P-A adjusting instead of rotary adjusting. It utilizes hand manipulation and usually results in joint cavitation. While this is being done, X-rays, temperature gradient studies and palpitation may be taken to understand your problem clearly and make better decisions.

Extremity Manipulating

In this technique, chiropractors use pressure application to joints more than the spine. These joints include the shoulder joint, elbow, knee, hip or foot area. It addresses carpal tunnel syndrome, posture related problems or gait.


This tool is also called SOT. Here, chiropractors place triangular-shaped blocks under the pelvis. This is used to treat problems that have been identified in the lower back. It can be used exclusively or additional to another technique. Low force and slow pressure adjustments are applied by doctors to address joint problems in the skull.

Thompson Chiropractic Tools

A unique table is used for this treatment as the technique involves a diversified variation. There is also an elevation by a fraction of an inch of several segments called drop pieces. When thrust is applied, this table will drop this fraction an inch. This technique aims to distract your joint while minimizing the force required for the adjustment. There may be an occurrence of cavitation in some cases and none in others.

Cox Flexion-Distraction

Cervical and lumbar disc herniation are treated primarily through this technique. This technique uses mechanical and hands-on adjustment. It uses a special table on which the spine can be flexed forward or tugged. The Cox Flexion-Distraction is also used to treat non-disc disorder and to also increase mobility in spinal joints.

Logan Basic

Chiropractors use concurrent light force upon the ligaments of the sacrum and various spinal levels to reduce pain or other symptoms. Due to the gentleness of this process, it can be used on children. It also helps in restoring balance and is used in addition to other relaxation techniques for kids.

Activator Technique

In this method, the vertebral segments of the spine are adjusted using an instrument that delivers gentle impulse on it. There is a feeling of light thumping sensation when the force is exerted. Certain types of headaches like migraine and lower back pain is treated using this process. Hayden says that it is very comfortable to the patient and an excellent choice for seniors.

Graston Technique

This method has been trademarked among all the techniques involved. It is therapeutically used to help in diagnoses of skeletal muscles. The approach incorporates a collection of six instruments that are stainless steel. The instruments are used to massage the muscles when undergoing treatment. The main purpose of rubbing the muscles is to detect and remedy any adhesion in the tendons and muscles.

Atlas Orthogonal Technique

clinician turning on x-ray machine

The application of this technique is common but not restricted to the upper cervix. A percussion instrument is used in this technique. Full X-Ray is taken of the area of the body that requires treatment before measurement is taken. The extent to which all the adjustments should reach is determined by this measurement. The percussion instrument is then used with some precision to administer the adjustments.

When a patient has an atlas vertebra subluxation as shown by an X-Ray, the Atlas Orthogonal Technique comes into consideration. The Atlas vertebra uses the top vertebrae of the cervical spine. The technique has been very much around since the 1930s. It is the most common chiropractic method used between the 1930s and 1960s when the case involves the upper cervical spine.


The value of knowing what technique a Doctor of Chiropractic is going to use is of great importance. It will help you have an opinion of which method you might find preferable. Some chiropractic tools are more complex and complicated than others. Both the BioScan MSA and BioScan SRT are easy-to-understand tools that chiropractors use to help make sound decisions.  Please contact us to learn more on how BioScan can be integrated into your practice.


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