When it comes to offering top quality chiropractic, matching treatment techniques with the tables best suited for them is critical to providing patients care that yields the greatest results.
While other ones may “get the job done,” using the best ones for the job will result in the most favorable and desired outcomes.
There are many table options available and while they may all provide some positive results, if your goal is to provide the best results, then the type of table you use is an important part of the equation. So, if you have a hi-lo table, which techniques might provide your patients the highest level of care?
The Gonstead Technique
The Gonstead Technique was developed by Clarence Selmer Gonstead and involves making adjustments to the spinal column using short lever, high velocity and low amplitude manipulations.1 Essentially, it is based on the idea that the spinal column is healthiest when it is balanced and key areas, such as the pelvis, legs, and vertebrae, are level. Thus, working on issues such as disc lesions, spinal misalignment, and subluxations in these regions is imperative to increasing patient health and wellness.
The hi-lo chiropractic table is often an important piece of equipment when practicing the Gonstead Technique and is beneficial when dealing with patients with special concerns, such as pregnant women. With at least one-half of all women reporting experiencing back pain during pregnancy, this table enables you to provide them relief by helping to relieve the pressure that her changing body and growing fetus are placing on her spine2.
The Activator Method
The Activator Method is another chiropractic technique that works well with a hi-lo table, with some hi-lo tables being manufactured primarily for use with this particular treatment method3. And with the Activator Adjusting Instrument being the second most common chiropractic intervention (Diversified technique being the first)4, this means that the average hi-lo table should get lots of use.
Additionally, research has confirmed that the Activator Method is just as beneficial as the high-velocity, low-amplitude manipulations used in the Diversified technique5; making it a highly suitable option to consider when practicing patient care using a hi-lo chiropractic table.
In the end, the Gonstead Technique and Activator Method are well-suited for use with a hi-lo chiropractic table and both can help you provide top quality patient care.
- “Technique Summary: Gonstead Technique.” ChiroACCESS. Published February 8, 2010. Accessed November 20, 2015.
- Borggren C. Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2007;6(2):70-4.
- “Hill HA90AM & Hi-Lo Stand-Up Modified Top.” Hill Laboratories Company. Accessed November 20, 2015.
- Yeomans S. “Activator Method Chiropractic Technique.” Spine-Health. Accessed November 20, 2015.
- Yeomans S. “Activator Clinical Data.” Spine-health. Published January 8, 2014. Accessed November 20, 2015.