Drop Technique, also known as Thompson Technique, or even Clay-Thompson Technique, utilizes a very special treatment couch known as a “Segmental Drop Table”. The use of such a table allows for increased specificity needed for some adjustments, and for lesser force ideal for treating more fragile patients such as pregnant mothers.
Dr. Thompson introduced the concept by inventing a headpiece that would drop away as the adjustive thrust was applied to the vertebral segment. He was granted a patent in 1955 on his concept and the Palmer-Thompson drop headpiece was developed. Since the new idea was such a success Dr. Clay then went on to invent a table with drop pieces for adjusting the mid back, low back and pelvis.
The “Segmental Drop System” takes advantage of the spine’s inherent shape in order to move the spinal segment in the direction that will improve the motion of the segment with the one above and below. It just makes good sense that since the spinal joints face front to back and have an incline that slopes more naturally backwards that we can effect increased motion by applying an adjustment specifically in that direction. The majority of the spinal adjusting utilizing the Thompson Technique has the patient lying prone (face down). This is the basis for Dr. Clay’s theory of proper spinal adjusting and the driving force that lead him to develop the drop table.
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