Thompson Drop

The Thompson Technique utilizes a “Segmental Drop Table” to enhance the motion of the segment or area to be adjusted, most commonly the mid-back, low back and pelvic area. Leg length checks, palpation, X-rays and other appropriate tests may be used by the Thompson practitioner in determining where to adjust.

The “Segmental Drop System” takes advantage of the spine’s inherent design of the joints in order to move the spinal segment in the direction that will improve the motion of the segment with the one above and below. The majority of spinal adjusting done utilizing the Thompson Technique has the patient lying prone (face down).

The drop mechanism is based on Newton’s First Law of Motion, which states: “A body is in equilibrium if no force is acting upon it. If it is at rest, it remains so; if in motion, it persists in motion, unless an opposing force is met.” Newton’s First Law is the basis for the low force, high velocity adjustment that is safer for the patient and easier on the doctor.

In addition to spinal asjusting, the Thompson Table is also used for upper cervical (neck) adjusting, allowing for a very comfortable toggle recoil adjustment.  The drop mechanism of the table also allows for easier manipulation of most of the joints in the body, as well as the extremities, ribs, TMJ and clavicle adjustments.

There is usually no “popping or cracking” with a Thompson Drop Table Adjustment – unless you are hearing the “pop” or “crack” of the table! 

Flexion / Distraction


What is Flexion-Distraction Therapy?

Flexion-Distraction (F/D) is a gentle, chiropractic treatment procedure utilized for back and neck pain. Flexion-Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95% of patients whose conditions do not demand surgical intervention. The doctor is in control of the treatment movements at all times.

Flexion-Distraction is utilized for many conditions such as:

  • Failed Back surgical Syndromes

  • Herniated / Ruptured / Bulging Discs

  • Sciatica / Leg pain

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Stenosis

  • Arm Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Failed course of Steroid Injections

  • Chemical Radiculitis

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Headache

  • Transitional segment

  • Many more conditions….

How does Flexion-Distraction Work?
For Disc related conditions:

  • Increases the intervertebral disc height to remove annular tension on the annular fibers and nerve by making more room and improving circulation.

  • Allows the nucleus pulposus, the center of the disc, to assume its central position within the annular fibers and relieves irritation of the spinal nerve.

  • Restores vertebral joints to their physiological relationships of motion.

  • Improves posture and locomotion while relieving pain, improving body functions, and creating a state of well-being.

For Non-Disc related conditions:

Patients with other conditions causing back pain (facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, sprain/strain, scoliosis, transitional vertebra, sacroiliac restrictions and misalignment, certain types of spinal stenosis), Flexion/Distraction provides all of the above benefits plus the ability to place the spinal joints into normal, painless movements so as to restore spinal motion without pain:

  • The posterior disc space increases in height.

  • F/D decreases disc protrusion and reduces stenosis.

  • Flexion stretches the ligamentum flavum to reduce stenosis.

  • Flexion opens the vertebral canal by 2 mm (16%) or 3.5 to 6mm more than extension.

  • Flexion increases metabolite transport into the disc.

  • Flexion opens the apophyseal joints and reduces posterior disc stress

  • The nucleus pulposus does not move on flexion. Intradiscal pressure drops under distraction to below 100mm Hg. On extension the nucleus or annulus is seen to protrude posterior into the vertebral canal.

  • Intervertebral foraminal openings enlarge giving patency to the nerve.

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