Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy

Jenn Hartmann

Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy is also known as Spinal Manipulation, or “adjustment,” and refers to gentle pressure or a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust to help restore function and motion to a joint that has become restricted from daily activities of living. The manipulation also stimulates the nervous system to help reduce pain and relax local musculature. The noise that can be heard with an adjustment is that of release of nitrogen gas from a joint capsule.  The amount of movement that is created with an adjustment is no more than a few millimeters.  Thus, no “bones are moved”.  Since 1994 when the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research published this technique as a gold standard for low back pain, there has been an increasing amount of research supporting the efficacy of chiropractic manipulation for numerous musculoskeletal disorders.  Including headaches, neck pain, herniated discs, post-surgical rehabilitation and even infantile colic.


Thompson Drop technique utilizes a uniquely designed chiropractic adjusting table also known as “Segmental Drop Table” to enhance the motion force imparted towards the specific region of the spine by the doctor of chiropractic. 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. It’s a technique that allows for a gentle yet safe and effective method to adjust the segments of the spine. This technique can be utilized for all age groups and levels of dysfunction.


Webster Technique is a chiropractic manipulation that is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, and reduces torsion to the uterus.  It is therefore considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral misalignment and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.


Pediatric and Adolescent Care offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being. Many people have a misconception of what an adjustment is when dealing with our younger population.  Think of this concept.  You have a perfectly ripe tomato; that’s your child’s spine.  As a physician, my job is to use the least amount of pressure possible in order to put a small dent (or movement) into that tomato.  As children age, their spines become more rigid and the amount of pressure used to create that 3-5mm of movement within the joint will match each child’s growth pattern.