There are many different chiropractic adjustments that can be performed to help you get out of pain. At our office we primarily use a diversified manual technique to increase range of motion in the spine and in the extremities. For most people these types of adjustments help you get out of pain, feel more loose, and increase your ability to perform the activities you love. However, sometimes a manual adjustment may be too much force for you to handle. We have multiple alternatives to a manual chiropractic adjustment that may be the right fit for you.
The activator instrument is a mechanical hand held adjusting tool that allows for more specific movement at the vertebrae. It has adjustable tension allowing for lower force adjustments to be performed at a more specific spot. We also use the impulse instrument which is similar to the activator with adjustable force but is electronic. These may be a good alternative with conditions such as osteoporosis, post surgery, or after a recent motor vehicle accident.
The drop table also allows for a lower force adjustment by using a special table. The table has drop pieces which are changed to the correct tension for you. The chiropractor will apply a quick, lighter thrust similar to a normal manual adjustment however part of the table will drop with adjustment. With the drop table a lighter adjustment will provide similar results as a manual adjustment due to the spine absorbing the force from the drop.
At our office we have activator instruments, impulse instruments, and a drop table that can be used to deliver lighter, low force adjustments that may be right for you. If you have questions about these alternative adjusting tools you can consult our chiropractors.