Chiropractic Techniques

Blog Post 8

This week we dive into some of the chiropractic techniques. Last week we focused on our epic equipment at Chicago Chiropractic Center. Touching on the Thompson technique that uses the drop table.

Let jump right into the Cox technic. This type of adjustment uses a special table known as the Flexion and distraction table or rather the F&D Table. Our Dr. Jen is a specialist with the Cox Technic. By now your wonder what is this table and what is this technique? So, let’s discuss it.

Cox Technique (aka flexion-distraction or F/D) is non-surgical, non-hospital, gentle, well-researched, well-referenced chiropractic spinal adjusting manipulation which, research shows, drops intradiscal pressures to -192 mmHg and increases the foraminal area.

Flexion-distraction therapy is performed on a segmented table that moves as your chiropractor slowly manipulates your spine. The manipulations, combined with the movements of the table, stretch and decompress your spine, relieving your back, leg, neck, or arm pain.

As your chiropractor performs the gentle manipulations, a section of the treatment table drops or moves, changing the positioning of your body. When your body drops slightly, gravity enhances the effects of treatment and helps realign your spine.

This effective technique is used by Dr. Jen and Dr. Gordon for specific treatment plans for patients that require it. If you have not had this type of adjustment before, ask some questions about it when you visit the clinic next.

By now you’re wondering well what other types of adjustments or techniques are the Doctors at Chicago Chiropractic Center able to do? Well, there are 7 common Chiropractic Techniques.

Here at Chicago Chiropractic Center, we utilize the following;

The diversified technique has 3 main purposes, and they are to restore spinal alignment, repair joint disfunction, and ensure proper movement and mobility. Using hands-on thrusts with precision, can restore spinal alignment and increase a patient’s range of motion. This technique is widely used, with 96% of all chiropractors using the Diversified Technique on approximately 70% of their patients. 

Spinal manipulation, also called manual therapy or spinal mobilization, is utilized by both chiropractors and physical therapists to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. While spinal mobilization is a “manual therapy technique” similar to the diversified technique discussed above, it utilizes more gentle thrusting motions and involves more stretching. 

The Thompson Drop-Table technique we discussed in last week’s blog post. If you missed it, you can read all about it under the vlog section of our website.

The Gonstead Adjustment is used to restore normal disc alignment and restore maximum mobility. It can be administered with the patient sitting up or lying on their side. One unique aspect of the Gonstead adjustment is the specificity of the contact point on the chiropractor’s hand can be administered with the patient sitting up or lying on their side as the chiropractor manipulates the lower back or pelvis.

A small handheld device known as an ‘Activator’ is commonly used by chiropractors to administer a gentle impulse to the extremities or the vertebral segments of the spine. The spring-loaded device is used to adjust the tone of the nervous system and can be used to treat a variety of conditions from headaches to lower back pain issues.


Spinal decompression could be considered more of a chiropractic technique than an adjustment, but is worth mentioning since it is so effective at treating symptoms of lower back pain that are a result of bulging, herniated, degenerated, and slipped discs. Spinal decompression utilizes a special table that works by carefully stretching the spine promoting the healthy flow of water, oxygen, and other essential fluids into the discs and throughout the spine.

With this we hope to see you in the clinic asking our awesome doctors more questions about your specific treatment plan to better understand how our tried, test and well researched methods are focused to get your recovery completed in the most holistic and effective way.

Call in 3127261353 to book your next appointment or book online right here on the website.

We have had some renovation done in the clinic and we will be sharing more on this in next weeks blog post. Stayed tuned to read more about Chicago Chiropractic Center.

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