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.