Chiropractor Dr. Stanmore G. Langford III uses the Thompson technique to more fully realign patients’ spine at his Chula Vista, CA, practice. By supplementing adjustments with the weight of gravity over a specially constructed table, he can more efficiently shift joints in the spine back into their proper position. Proper spine alignment can improve your comfort, range of motion, and quality of life.
What is the Thompson Technique?
Also known as the drop table method, the Thompson technique uses a specially designed table to support adjustments of misalignments. Developed in the 1950s by Dr. Clay Thompson, the technique works with patients lying facedown on the table as as a way of maximizing the effects of care by working with the natural slope of the back and spine. This approach is particularly suited to treating joints in the lower torso, from the dorsal and lumbar regions of the spine to the pelvic area.
The table itself is divided into several segments called “drop pieces”, each of which can be independently raised or lowered. Depending on the patient’s weight and height, the drop pieces are adjusted into particular positions before beginning treatment. By gently dropping certain segments, Dr. Langford can open joints and correct subluxations with minimal force.