Logan College of Chiropractic provides the following information about Thompson Technique:
Developed by Clay Thompson, DC, Thompson Technique uses an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven, segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the patient’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted. The doctor thrusts at high speed, using minimal force, because while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.
Leg length checks, palpation, X-rays and other appropriate tests are used by the Thompson practitioner in determining where to adjust.
Dr. Thompson was the personal physician of chiropractic founder B.J. Palmer, DC. However, unlike the Palmers, Dr. Thompson advocated adjustments addressing any joint dysfunctions, in the spine and in extremities.
Parker University defines Thompson Technique as:
This chiropractic method uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments are propped up a fraction of an inch so that when the thrust is delivered, the table drops slightly, assisting the thrust while minimizing the force used for the adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur.
What Does Thompson Technique Treat?
Like other chiropractic techniques, Thompson Technique also corrects abnormal spinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems. These can include back pain, headaches, dizziness, arm and leg pains.