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Hand Adjustments Versus Instrument Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments can be like car makers – there are many different car manufacturers just as there are many different chiropractic techniques. What they have in common is that they all make cars that can take you from point A to point B.

Still, there are differences between the cars being made, just as there are differences between chiropractic adjusting techniques

What Is An Adjustment?

Let us begin with what an adjustment is. An adjustment is a procedure performed by your chiropractor either by hand or with an instrument.

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Regardless of the method or technique used, the common purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore proper motion and mechanics to your joints in order to alleviate pain and discomfort as well as improve your body’s ability to function and heal. The majority of adjustments performed today are done so by chiropractors. In addition, a few physiotherapists and medical doctors also perform similar manoeuvres that they refer to as “manipulations”.

manual chiropractic adjustment

Traditional Manual Or Hand Adjustments

When you think of a chiropractor, images of someone using their hands to push or twist your back until you hear a “pop” is what comes to mind first for most people. Even amongst traditional hand or manual adjustments there are many different techniques such as Diversified and Gonstead.

Joint pressure

The “pop” that is heard is thought to be caused as your joint is moved through it’s normal range of motion until negative pressure is created inside the joint resulting in gasses within your joint coming together. Another type of manual adjustment might use a drop-away table to facilitate the adjustment. With these adjustments, the chiropractor will push on a your back in coordination with a moving part of the table that drops away at the same time the thrust is delivered

instrument adjusting with an Activator device

Instrument Adjustments

The most commonly used technique that utilizes an instrument to deliver the chiropractic adjustment is Activator Methods. An Activator adjustment utilizes a hand-held instrument to deliver the thrust portion of your adjustment.


Each adjustment using the Activator instrument delivers between 10-40lbs of pressure or 50-200N of force, depending on the instrument setting and the area being adjusted. Other instrument techniques include Torque Release and Atlas Orthogonal

So Which Technique Is Better For Me?

Do you prefer oranges or apples? When it comes down to it, it usually is a matter of preference.

In terms of effectiveness, the consensus of research studies have shown that both approaches produce similar results in terms of patient care and recovery. Both forms of adjusting are very safe with extremely low risks of injury and side effects.

The choice is up to you

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Many of life’s injuries respond well with chiropractic care. Speak with your North Burnaby Heights chiropractor. We can help you figure out what the problem is and how to get you back to living your life on your terms

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does a chiropractic adjustment do?

A: There are several theories on how a chiropractic adjustment can help you. Some studies have suggested that an adjustments helps ease muscle tension and loosen stiff joints. Other research has focused on how an adjustment helps restore proper movement and function to your spine and joints. Another area of study is on how an adjustments may help reduce the negative stress signals sent to your brain, increasing your brain and your body’s ability to repair and recover from injuries

Q: Are there different chiropractic adjusting techniques?

A: There are several different types of adjustments that can be used by your chiropractor. Some of the more common techniques include diversified, Activator, Gonstead, Cox and drop table

Q: Does my insurance cover the cost of chiropractic care?

A: Most insurance plans provide coverage for chiropractic care. For further details, consult your health insurance plan provider

Results may of course vary from patient to patient