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What are Chiropractic Methods available to treat low back pain?

Mar 16

The most commonly used method to treat low back pain. The usual popping sound of a gas bubble breaks loose between joints. There are many varieties of manipulations for the spine. Some can be performed by hand, while some require a specially-designed instrument.

Chiropractors provide different therapies, but they are not the more common ones. These therapies can relieve discomfort and improve the functioning and health of the spine and the structures around it.

The technique your chiropractor will use will be based on your physical condition and the root cause. Finlayson family chiropractic treatment is holistic. It addresses low back pain through diet, stress management, and exercise. The manipulation of the spine is an effective tool for reducing pain and improving alignment.


These are a few of the most well-known spinal manipulation and adjustment techniques.


  • Toggle drop

This technique uses the same thrust to the spine to ease back pain. The chiropractor uses the toggle drop by crossing their hands and pressing them down using a controlled movement to increase the mobility of the vertebral joint.


  • Motion palpation

Motion palpation does not constitute an adjustment. It is a diagnostic tool. It's a method of studying the spine to identify regions that are not in the proper alignment or not freely moving.


The chiropractor will put their hands on some regions of the spine. They will follow the patient through various movements. The chiropractor will examine the entire spine, from the lumbar region to the thoracic.


  • Lumbar roll

A lumbar roll, especially for patients suffering from low back pain, is one of the most commonly used chiropractic methods.


The patient is laid on his back while the doctor stands in front. The chiropractor will use a quick, precise thrust to treat the issue area and return the vertebrae to their correct alignment.


  • Table adjustments

This technique employs tables with drop sections. A portion of the table is dropped to the floor below the other. The chiropractor will examine the patient to ensure the body is in the proper position. The chiropractor will then apply a swift thrust to the area affected. The drop-piece on the table will also be lowered.


The table falling allows the force of the adjustment to diminish. As a result, it helps to make the adjustment more comfortable for the patient and the doctor.


Manual adjustments typically require the back to be turned, while table adjustments don't. Therefore, this method is highly effective but requires considerable skill and specially designed equipment.


But, adjustments to the table are a great way to free the spine, promote total mobility, and lessen back pain.


  • Manipulation with anesthesia

Patients who suffer from lower back pain that does not respond to the standard spinal manipulations may need light sedation or complete anesthesia before undergoing adjustments. The procedure occurs in an outpatient hospital and is supervised by certified medical professionals.


This treatment is only for patients suffering from chronic pain. This procedure is considered riskier than other chiropractic adjustments and should only be used in cases where other therapies have failed.

Chiropractors also employ techniques for release to help align the spine.


  • Flexion-distraction technique

This technique is often used to treat leg pain and lower back pain due to disc injuries.

The patient is put on a table especially designed to extend the spine. The chiropractor will gently massage the spine to isolate the problem area. Patients shouldn't be in pain.


This process involves removing the disc from the nerve. This results in reduced inflammation and pain.


The treatment is usually performed over several sessions, usually with physical therapy. In addition, to ease the back pain caused by disc injuries, patients are typically provided with exercises to do at home.


Patients who don't improve after 12 sessions of imaging are typically referred to a specialist in spine surgery or to have further imaging to identify the issue.

For more information, please visit:

Finlayson Family Chiropractic

6201 Pacific Ave STE A, Tacoma, WA 98408

(253) 302–3750

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