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Learn about our chiropractic techniques

In chiropractic care, manual adjusting and instrument-assisted adjusting are two common techniques used by chiropractors to restore proper alignment and function to the spine and other joints. 

Manual Adjustment

Manual adjusting involves the chiropractor using their hands to apply controlled, sudden force to specific joints or areas of the spine. This technique typically involves the chiropractor applying quick, precise movements to the targeted area, which may result in a "popping" sound. We use different manual adjusting techniques, such as diversified technique, Gonstead technique, or Thompson technique, depending on the patient's needs and preferences.

Instrument-Assisted Adjusting (Activator Methods)

Instrument-assisted adjusting, utilizes specialized chiropractic tools or instruments to deliver precise adjustments to the spine and other joints.


Both manual adjusting and instrument-assisted adjusting are safe and effective methods employed by chiropractors to restore proper spinal alignment, enhance joint function, and support the body's natural healing processes. The technique used will be tailored to your unique needs, ensuring you receive the most appropriate and beneficial chiropractic care.​


The use of instruments in chiropractic care allows for a gentler approach, making it suitable for patients who may be uncomfortable with or have specific health concerns. The instruments used in instrument-assisted adjusting vary, but commonly employed ones include handheld devices with spring-loaded or electronically controlled taps to achieve the needed joint adjustment. It is gentle enough for an infant of a few days old to the elderly patient in her 90’s, or more suitable to those with arthritis or bone fragility. Very gentle and very safe. Many people prefer it.

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