Segmental Drop Table or Gonstead Chiropractic Options

Segmental Drop Table or Thompson Technique

The Thompson Technique or Segmental Drop Table chiropractic technique enhances the motion of the adjustment area. The drop table takes advantage of the basic design of a joint. By dropping only a specific section of the table the chiropractor can gently adjust the spine in a segmented and safe movement. The Thompson drop table technique is an effective form of chiropractic care for unlocking joints or a specific segment of the vertebra.

An advantage to the drop table technique is the disbursement of the leftover force by the table. The dropping motion can make the adjustment less painful, but just as effective. The Thompson chiropractic method does not cause cracking or popping of the spine. This technique can be easier on the spine and a softer adjustment for older patients or those healing from an injury.

Diversified or Gonstead Manipulations

The Diversified or Gonstead method of manipulation is the most well-known form of chiropractic care. The Gondstead method of manipulating and rotating the spine can offer a deeper correction than other methods of chiropractic adjustment and is safe. Commonly referred to as “cracking or popping” of the back, neither is completely accurate.

The popping sound during a manipulation of the back is the sound created when the joints are gently stretched to realign a vertebra. Our joints are surrounded and protected by a fluid call synovial fluid that helps us move, think of it like greasing your bicycle chain. Over time small air bubbles can form in the fluid and when popped can make a popping noise. Generally, when the popping sound is heard the patient feels improved movement and comfort.

What makes the drop table special?

The table literally can “drop away” about an inch or so underneath the patient. The table is segmented usually at the pelvis, thoracic, upper thoracic and neck regions. The “drop” is friction controlled and can be adjusted for proper resistance.

The segmental drop table mechanism is based on the First Law of Motion by Newton that 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.” This law was the catalyst for a safer, low-force, high-velocity adjustment that was kinder to both the doctor and patient.