Chiropractic Adjustments

One of the great medical myths has to do with what people think a chiropractic adjustment is. Most think it is some sort of “popping” of the neck or “twisting and cracking of the back” not unlike popping your own neck or twisting and cracking your spouse’s back when he or she feels tight after a long day.

The truth about a chiropractic adjustment is that there are dozens of ways to analyze vertebral subluxations and more than a hundred ways to adjust and correct spinal problems. I have performed an estimated 70,000 adjustments in the 9 years of being a chiropractor. I have learned and developed many specific scientific chiropractic adjustments that are tailored for the correction of postural changes, forward head syndrome, disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, sciatica and more. A set of X-rays are the best and most specific tool used to detect vertebral subluxations.
At Arizona’s Family Chiropractic Dr. Brice Neff uses the Thompson Drop technique. The Thompson Technique utilizes a “Segmental Drop Table” to enhance the motion of the segment or area to be adjusted, most commonly the neck, 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!

Dr. Brice Neff applies this technique for the treatment of:

  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Myofacial Pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Osteoarthritis or degeneration of the spine
  • Radiculitis or nerve pain
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis