Chiropractic styles often used include diversified, blocking, and flexion distraction. Diversified technique includes full-spine manipulation employing various techniques. Using chiropractic blocks or wedges one can only gently balance out the pelvis, which is the foundaiton for the entire spine. Flexion distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts, or stretches, the spine. The chiropractor is able to isolate the area of pain while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm.
Chiropractic tools are also used to perform gentle adjustments. These include the activator method and the arthrostim tool.
The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, known as the high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust, that treats many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches. This powerful tool delivers 12-14 incremental thrusts per second, making it much stronger and faster than a typical single thrust administered by a chiropractor. By dividing the energy of a single thrust into rapid successive inputs, the ArthroStim Instrument modulates the force your physician applies in treatment, but in a much more comfortable and effective manner.