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Chiropractic Techniques


Chiropractic Techniques

Because no two patients are the same, no two chiropractic adjustments are exactly the same either. We utilize many different techniques at our Springfield, MA chiropractic office, each of which offers varying features and benefits.


This is the most widely used technique in chiropractic. It is differentiated by manual manipulation of the spine occurring in short, low-force thrusts. There are no additional tools required for the diversified technique – only palpation using the hands. It is normal to hear a ‘popping’ or ‘cracking’ sound during a diversified adjustment. We use the diversified technique with the goal of correcting subluxations, aligning the spine, and restoring biomechanical motion.


The Flexion-Distraction method has been used for many decades as a means of resolving lower back pain and leg pain. It uses a specialized table that helps to gently and painlessly traction and flex the spine, restoring the spinal joints into a more normalized alignment. Flexion-Distraction can be used for patients with a wide range of conditions, including spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and facet syndrome.

Low Force Approach

We know that traditional chiropractic techniques are not right for all patients. That is why we also offer a low-force approach, which is gentler and involves little or no twisting or cracking. Older patients, young pediatric patients, and patients who have suffered a traumatic injury may benefit from using this approach.

Activator Method

The Activator Method is one of the most widely used low-force chiropractic techniques. An instrument known as the ‘Activator’ is applied to the joints or soft tissues in the targeted treatment areas. There is an initial feeling of pressure followed by an abrupt thrust – much in the same way a physician would check for knee reflexes during an exam. The mild, low-force impulse helps address underlying issues that may be causing back pain, neck pain, or chronic headaches.

Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead Technique requires the use of x-rays to diagnose the exact location of a vertebral subluxation. It is a highly localized technique that aims to address primary misalignments in the spine that may be leading to secondary complications. It is based on the theory that the body will compensate for vertebral misalignments. By targeting the primary subluxation, it makes it possible to retract the reciprocal effects in other areas of the body.

Drop Table Technique

The Drop Table Technique requires the use of a segmented table that drops slightly during an adjustment. This allows for a lower application of force, as the table itself allows for a greater transference of force into the joints as it drops into place. The Drop Table Technique is often used to specifically target the pelvic, dorsal and lumbar regions.

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