Chiropractic Techniques

Message from the Doctor:

Each new patient brings with them there own unique condition and circumstances. Each and everyone of us has experienced life slightly differently then one another. We have all incurred many small traumas throughout our lifetime. It is important to think back to old high school sport injuries and old fender benders. Because each one of us has accumulated many different kinds of injuries, it is critical that we can treat our patients with appropriate individually appropriate treatments. Dr. Adlam is highly trained in many different Chiropractic treatment techniques as to be able to accommodate patients both young and the well experienced.

Techniques Offered


Most common taught technique throughout the chiropractic universities. This is Hands on Manual adjusting style that often elicit the "cracking" sound familiar with the chiropractic Adjustment. This "cracking or popping" sound is the release of built up carbon dioxide gas that has accumulated within the joint spaces of misaligned joints.


A gentle adjustment technique that utilizes a mechanical handheld instrument to deliver a precise adjustment to the spine or other misaligned joint throughout the body. This technique is sometimes referred to as a "no crack" technique. Patients whom require a more gentle adjustment are often infants and the very acute patient. Instrument techniques achieve the same goals as hands on adjusting techniques.

Thompson Technique:

Classified as a gentle Hands on manual adjusting technique. This technique utilizes a special adjusting table that allows the doctor to adjust misaligned vertebra with less force. The doctor follows a strict protocol to determine which specific vertebra requires adjusting and in which direction; in order to achieve desired results. The Thompson Technique sometimes elicits cavitation or "cracking" sounds on occasion but not as often as the Diversified technique.

Cox Flexion Distraction:

Gold Standard of chiropractic care for lumbar disc bulges and herniations. This gentle technique uses a motorized table to allow separation of vertebra around a specific affected vertebral disc. This saperation is very much like the motion observed in an accordion musical instrument; when the accordion is pulled apart the middle bellows pulls fresh air into the bellows allowing it to be played. When cox flexion distraction is applied to a specific vertebral disc it creates a negative pressure within the disc causing an imbibition or drawing in of fresh nutrient rich fluid into the thin dehydrated disc. This treatment reduces inflammation around affected nerve roots and can relief symptoms of shooting radicular pain causing symptoms of pins and needles and numbness in legs.

IMPORTANT: It is very important to realize that the occurrence or non-Occurrence of Cracking sounds does not indicate that an adjustment had or had not occurred or that the treatment will be more or less Effective. Once again this phenomenon is known as Cavitation and is the release of built up carbon dioxide gas that has built up within joint capsules of the spine.