Manual adjustments and chiropractic were founded by DD Palmer in the 1800’s. They are performed by a chiropractor using a hand delivered short quick thrust over a restricted joint making the correction.
The Thompson table was designed byDr. Clay Thompson, a chiropractic doctor. His technique has the patient on his table in a horizontal position. The table has applications for only certain portions of the table to drop. These portions are related to the different spinal regions; cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacro-iliac. A thrust by the hands downward is made to a specific vertebral segment. This application of the downward force causes that portion of the table to drop, setting the vertebra in motion. It remains in motion until it reaches the conclusion of the drop. At the time of the conclusion the impact completes the spinal correction.
This technique was developed by Dr.Arlan Fuhr, a chiropractic doctor, as an alternative to manual adjustments. This is a chiropractic technique that uses a special hand held spring loaded instrument. It delivers a quick low force impact to a specific spinal segment to complete the correction.
This table and technique are only used for low back conditions such as vertebral misalignments and disc herniations. The patient is lying face down on the table with the lumbar portion slightly distracted. The provider places his hand on the spinal segment involved while bending the table downward. This delivers a flexion-distraction force which separates the involved vertebral segments and the disc between. This correction results in pressure taken off of the nerve whether the result of a misaligned vertebrae or disc herniation.
This is an apparatus that is not well known but is my traction of choice. Safe, effective, and if the condition is appropriate, demonstrates considerable pain relief in minutes. This lumbar traction uses vertical separation instead of the common horizontal. The lower frame of the device is placed on the top of the pelvis as a platform. The top frame is located on the lower ribs. The patient is cinched in to the device to a tolerance level just below uncomfortable. The tightness keeps the device from sliding and losing traction. The piece is then equipped with a ratchet which is then applied several times. This initiates the top frame lifting up and separating it from the lower frame approximately 2 inches. relieving the nerve irritation. The individual then walks (ambulates) while at the same time being distracted. The separation causes freedom of motion of the vertebra and the disc. With the addition of walking it improves the mobility of the vertebrae and at the same time reduces the pressure on the painful nerve. In my years of experience with this apparatus I have had more success with it than with the horizontal traction.