Chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a type of manual therapy to help to ease pressure on joints and improve the range of spinal motion. The therapy is often used to treat neck, back, shoulder and headache but chiropractors also use it to treat other minor ailments also.

There are more than 100 types of spinal manipulation techniques used by chiropractors. Some of these techniques are gentle while others involve the application of a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint.

Here is an overview of the chiropractic adjustment techniques we are using at Gaul Chiropractic:


A spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument used to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.

There are two advantages of an Activator instrument-assisted treatment:

The first is based on the speed of the device. The instrument is so quick that the body’s muscles are less likely to tense in response, and resist the treatment. The lack of muscle resistance may facilitate treatment effectiveness.

The second is that the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.

Dr. Callie Stilwell, DC

Dr. Anthony Gaul, DC

Flexion Distraction

Flexion-Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine such as Lumbar disc injuries, Low back pain, Sciatica, Arthritis, Sprain & strain, and Scoliosis. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take the pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.

There are many clinical benefits of this Flexion-Distraction method which includes:

  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves.
  • Increase spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints.
  • A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs.
  • Reduce the symptoms of sciatica.

Dr. Callie Stilwell, DC

Dr. Anthony Gaul, DC

Fluid Motion

Dr. Callie Stilwell, DC

Drop Table AKA Thompson

The Drop Table AKA Thompson Technique uses a drop table to help chiropractors provide high velocity, low amplitude, and low force adjustments. This offers patients a less forceful adjustment while also reducing wear and tear on the doctor’s body because the manipulation is assisted by the dropping device.

Thompson Technique used for Pregnancy care, Pediatric wellnessChronic back pain, and Inward neck curvature.

Dr. Callie Stilwell, DC