Chiropractic Techniques

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Our medical professionals employ a wide variety of proven chiropractic techniques for each individual case.

These include the diversified, toggle, drop table, flexion/distraction, activator, and S.O.T. chiropractic techniques.

Below, you will find a brief explanation of these popular chiropractic techniques we use in our practice, at Ocean View Chiropractic.


Diversified is the most common technique used in chiropractic and it is what most people know of as an adjustment. The doctor uses his hands to apply a small controlled impulse on different regions throughout the spine to remove subluxations and restore nervous system function.


Toggle is a highly specific upper cervical adjustment design to ease conditions such as migraine headaches, vertigo, chronic ear infections, acute neck pain, and stiffness. The toggle technique uses high velocity and low force, in other words, fast and light. The chiropractor focuses attention primarily on the Atlas, the highest neck bone, and the Axis which is the bone directly beneath it. These two bones house the brain stem and have a great effect on problems in the head and neck.

Drop Table

This technique makes use of specialized drop-piece mechanisms in the table to assist the adjustment. Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along the table support each area of the spine until the thrust is given. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the pressure needed to move a specific spinal segment.


This no force chiropractic technique can be used anywhere along the spine and is best described as gentle stretching utilized to increase mobility of the joints as well as relieve the pressure the vertebrae apply to the spinal discs.


The activator is a tool used by chiropractors when a specific area requires more calculated low force adjusting. This small adjusting tool is applied directly against the joint and then a small spring action head gently guides the misaligned joint to its proper position. The activator is primarily used on patients with severe degenerative changes, which may require a lower force impact. Also, this tool can be used on regions that would be more difficult to adjust with your hands, such as the sinuses when dealing with congestion or to help with allergies.


Sacral Occipital Technique is a low force adjustment technique that utilizes support blocks to raise different segments along the spine and then utilizes the patient’s weight and gravity to allow the bones to realign into the proper position.

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