This technique focusses on applying pressure to the tissues that surround the muscles. Oftentimes, there are specific tightened trigger points that cause pain and restriction in movement. The chiropractor will use a variety of techniques to pinpoint and apply pressure to release the myofascial tissues.
Diversified Chiropractic Technique (DCT):
The ACA reports this as the most widely-used technique by chiropractors. Essentially, it is a series of short and low-pressure thrusts applied to joints. Its main purpose is to restore joint function, relieve pain in the spine and other extremities, and improve their proper movement.
Flexion Distraction is used to treat back and neck pain, primarily due to disc bulges and herniations. It uses a special table that allows the patient to flex or move certain areas and the chiropractor to isolate vertebrae that need adjustment.
Essentially, the drop table method is what it sounds like- a table that drops in response to pressure applied by the chiropractor. In this way, the drop of the table allows gravity to work in the direction of the adjustment without the chiropractor applying harder pressure to the patient.
The Activator Method is a common method used to relieve back pain, neck pain, and headaches (chronic and acute). The fact that its used by a majority of chiropractors in the US is a testament to it’s efficacy.  Additionally, it is common in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It uses a small handheld device called the Activator Adjusting Instrument that delivers quick, localized thrusts to joints and vertebrae. Comparatively, it’s speed and precision is key to it’s success and is the real difference from using hands alone.
Active Release Technique (ART):
This technique uses motion and manipulation to release scar tissue (adhesion) from your joints and soft tissues. This is a great method to promote healing to tissues and major muscle groups, restore movement, and reduce pain. Oftentimes, this is great for overworked, overused, and injured muscles and joints.
Cranial sacral therapy is a very gentle and safe technique that is used to decompress bones from your head (cranium) down to your lower back (sacrum). It consists of applying very gentle pressure and aligning the position of the pelvis, spine, and head. Through this, blockages break up and the nervous system is restored.