Biomechanical characterization (fingerprinting) of five novel methods of cervical spine manipulation

Abstract: Objective: To determine the biomechanical characteristics of five clinically common methods of cervical spine manipulation. Design: Descriptive study. Setting: Human Performance Lab, University of Calgary. Participants: Five volunteer practitioners treating symptomatic patients from their own clinical populations. Intervention: Five commonly used methods of cervical spine manipulation: lateral break (LAT), Gonstead (GON), Activator (ACT), toggle (TOG), rotation (ROT). Main Outcome… Continue Reading »

Comparision of forces used in selcted adjustments of the low back by experienced chiropractors and chiropractic students with no clinical experience: A preliminary study

Abstract: 37 third year chiropractic students and the same number of graduate chiropractors were compared by having each perform a series of identical adjustments. Of the six pisiform contact thrusts, two were right and left contact hand maximum force thrusts delivered on a hard tabletop while the remaining four employed Thompson Technique to correct right… Continue Reading »

Forces exerted during spinal manipulative therapy

Abstract: Spinal manipulative therapy has been widely recognized in the medical fields as a conservative treatment modality for spinal dysfunction and pain. Spinal manipulative therapy consists of an application of a thrusting force on a specific part of the spine in a well-defined direction. The magnitude of this force has been associated with positive treatment… Continue Reading »

Forces used during Gonstead-type chiropractic adjustments

Herzog W, Kawchuk GN, Conway PJ. Relationship between pre-load and peak forces during spinal manipulative treatments. J Neuromusculoskel syst 1993; 1:52-58. (Authors’ abstract) Herzog W. Mechanical and physiological responses to spinal manipulative treatments. J Neuromusculoskel Syst 1995; 3:1-9. (Authors’ abstract) Wood J, Adams AA. Comparison of forces used in selected adjustments of the low back… Continue Reading »

Technique descriptions of Gonstead adjustments

Plaugher G, Lopes MA. The knee chest table: indications and contra-indications. Chiropractic Technique 1990; 2:163-167. (Author’s abstract) See also Technique descriptions following the protocol of the Council of Advisors of the ACA Council on Technique contained in Plaugher G, ed. Textbook of clinical chiropractic: a specific biomechanical approach. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1993.

Technique system application: The Gonstead approach

Abstract: A summary of the Gonstead technique and some of its basic parameters are presented. The nature of the adjustive lesion and examination strategies leading to its identification are discussed. Treatment and management procedures are reviewed and a typical case of a patient with a neuromechanical lesion is presented. A. Letter to the Editor: Plaugher… Continue Reading »

The knee-chest table: Indications and contraindications

Abstract: The knee-chest table is commonly used to facilitate spinal adjustments of the vertebral column. A synopsis of the more typical indications for its use in reduction of positional dyskinesia and/or fixation dysfunction are presented. Patient and doctor positions for lesions of the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spines are summarized. Specific contra-indications for the knee-chest… Continue Reading »