Many chiropractic patients are startled the first time they’re adjusted by way of a drop table. They hear the small hiss of the table’s mechanics, feel the quick pressure of their chiropractor’s hands, and register the adjustment to their spine – all in a few fast seconds. But where a drop table might be slightly jarring to the uninitiated at first, it represents a smooth, purposeful way for a chiropractor to make adjustments.
At Ideal Spine Health Center, drop table adjustments are something our Boise, ID patients are intimately familiar with. We frequently use drop tables when adjusting and take comfort in relying on the precision and effectiveness they lend to our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to adjustments.
Why drop tables work
Like many great inventions, the concept of the drop table was the result of an accident. Decades ago, a seasoned chiropractor named Dr. J. Clay Thompson suffered damage to the headpiece of his adjustment table. The headpiece became loose and jarred slightly when adjustments were made to the patient. Over time, Dr. Thompson noticed that the recursive movement of the headpiece actually helped facilitate adjustments. Thus, the concept of the drop table was born!
Though he employed it by accident, Dr. Thompson stumbled upon Newton’s First Law of Motion. Using the mass of the patient and the force of his adjustment, combined with the swift halt of momentum caused by the table, Dr. Thompson was able to transfer more energy into each adjustment. The spine, as a natural shock absorber, transferred this momentum to the area being adjusted.
Adjust as needed
Drop tables are a popular and effective adjustment tool for a number of reasons. Perhaps the biggest, however, is because it bridges the gap between assessment and adjustment. Instead of examining an upright patient before sending them to the table, chiropractors can adjust as needed when subluxations are felt.
A drop table enables chiropractors to get both hands on the patient during a full spinal examination. If a chiropractor notices rotation in the cervical spine, for example, they can quickly apply adjustments via the drop table before resuming their analysis of the spine. Should they encounter subluxation in the lumbar spine or feel rotation in the sacrum, adjustments can be made seamlessly. The patient rarely has to move or maneuver because the drop table provides the controlled shift needed for adjustment.
Lessen the burden of adjustments
Though it may seem like a more purposeful and forceful way to adjust, drop tables actually facilitate less invasive corrections. When a patient is laying (prone or supine), the stress on their spine is greatly reduced as compared to when standing. This enables more seamless adjustments for the neck and shoulders, among other critical segments of the spine.
Drop tables also afford the chiropractor more control. The stopgap of tables can be adjusted based on the need for correction among patients. This helps eliminate over corrections or adjustments that may be too forceful. Adjusting the “give” of a table also ensures the full scope of the adjustment can be tailored to the patient.
Explore drop table adjustments
At Ideal Spine Health Center, precision adjustments are a cornerstone of how we work to help Boise, ID patients achieve relief. Drop tables enables us to tailor every single adjustment to the person on the table, giving our trained chiropractors a greater degree of control in affecting positive spinal change.
To experience a drop table adjustment for yourself and learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to determining unique spinal treatment plans, contact us today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.