Thompson Technique

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson and patented in 1957, has evolved into a system of analyses and a means of adjusting the entire spine. The approach produces precise adjustments while maintaining high levels of patient comfort.


After gently lowering you to a prone position, individual drop pieces give way, reducing the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine.

Terminal Point Table

The Thompson Technique would not be possible without the use of a terminal point table, a specially designed table that helps facilitate a full adjustment of the spine.

This “drop table” was designed for use with the Thompson Technique. Each section of the table corresponds to a section of the body, making it possible to isolate the cervical, dorsal, lumbar, or pelvic area. It works with gravity to allow the isolated spinal region to “give” more readily and more comfortably.

While the patient lies prone on the table, the Thompson Technique is performed using high-speed thrusts with minimal force. Compared to other chiropractic techniques, little force is needed when administering the Thompson Technique because of the momentum allowed by the dropping section of the table. That’s what makes this a gentle technique.

How the Thompson Technique Works

Early chiropractors noticed that vertebral subluxations would produce the appearance of one leg being shorter than the other. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turns his or her head helps us to determine whether the vertebral subluxation is in the upper, middle, or lower back.

Performing this analysis allows us to determine which area of your spine is affected so we isolate the correct section. Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along the table’s surface support the entire length of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, the cushion underneath the section of your spine being adjusted gives way, which reduces the amount of energy and force required to adjust the vertebrae.

Benefits You Can Expect From the Thompson Technique

  • Better posture
  • Improved strength
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • Less injury-prone
  • Better quality of sleep and relaxation
  • Relief of aches and pains
  • Greater ability to deal with stress
  • Improved overall health and vitality