Haley Chiropractic Center
HaleyChiropractic Center

The Thompson Technique

About the Thompson Technique

Developed originally by Dr. Clay. Thompson and fully patented in 1957, the Thompson Drop Table facilitates a full spine technique by the use of 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, whether in the dorsal, lumber or pelvic area. By means of this widely used device your practitioner 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.


How does it work?

The neurological basis for balance is found in the Reticular System of the brain where the Inhibitory and Facilitatory systems maintain balance of the musculature of  the  body.  A neurological imbalance will affect the musculature of the legs resulting in the appearance of one leg being short when observed with the patient in the  prone (face  down)  position. This occurs when various  muscles are over stimulated. This over-stimulation results in a leg length differential that is visually evident and is measurable.  (Contraindications would  be  an  anatomical  short  leg,  history of poorly healed fracture, or a joint implant.)


The Treatment

Dr Haley will place you on the drop table lying face down. A Leg check will be conducted. This is so that there is a common reference point of the seam where the heel and shoe are joined on each foot. Your feet are now observed in the extended position. On the basis of this and other tests, Dr. Haley will then proceed with the adjustment, assisted by the action of the drop piece. The table drop piece will be set to your weight and cocked. Dr Haley will then place a contact hand on the drop segment. A thrust is then applied and  this segment of the table will drop away gently thus assisting the removal of the subluxation by translating the force of the drop into the joint.



The Benefits of the Thompson Technique

  • Improved posture and performance
  • Increased strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • Greater resistance to injury
  • Improved ability to sleep and relax
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Improved tolerance to stress
  • General enhancement to health
  • Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to heal itself without drugs or surgery.


Results You Can Expect

You  may  feel  warmth  flowing  to  various  parts  of  your body after your initial adjustment or a surge of vitality as nerve function is restored. You may feel complete relief after only one adjustment, or it may  take  a  few adjustments to relieve your symptoms. A healthy nervous system is vital to an active and healthy body. Restoring  normal  nerve  function can bring  relief  from pain and may also benefit you in other ways, such as allowing for a better night’s sleep, reducing tension and stress, and in general allow your body to function at its full capacity..

Contact us:

Call us at 501-589-2222 for an appointment!

Our location:

5 New Street

Quitman, AR 72131

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

8:30-12:00 & 2:00-5:30


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