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Chiropractic Technique

Principles and Procedures

No other book offers a complete guide to chiropractic adjustive techniques! Chiropractic Technique, 3rd Edition makes it easy to understand essential procedures and provides a rationale for their use. Written by Thomas F. Bergmann, DC, FICC, and David H. Peterson, DC, and backed by the latest research studies, this bestseller describes the basic principles needed to evaluate, select, and apply specific adjustive procedures. With a review of chiropractic history, detailed descriptions of joint examination and adjustive techniques for the spine, pelvis, and extremities, and a companion Evolve website with how-to videos, this book is a must-have reference for students and clinicians.

Book, 576 Pages

Published: May 2010

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09370-5


  • Chapter 1: General Overview of the Chiropractic Profession 

    The Past

    The Present

    The Future 


    Chapter 2: Joint Anatomy and Basic Biomechanics

    Fundamental Concepts, Principles, and Terms 

    Joint Function 

    Mechanical Forces Acting on Connective Tissue 

    Properties of Connective Tissue 

    Models of Spine Function 

    Chapter 3: Joint Assessment Principles and Procedures

    The Manipulable Lesion 


    Vertebral Subluxation Complex 

    Joint Subluxation/Dysfunction Syndrome 

    Spinal Listings 

    Clinical Evaluation of Joint Subluxation/Dysfunction Syndrome 

    Clinical Documentation 

    Chapter 4: Principles of Adjustive Technique

    Classification and Definition of Manual Therapies 

    Joint Manipulative Procedures 

    Soft Tissue Manipulative Procedures 

    Indications for Adjustive Therapy 

    Mechanical Spine Pain 

    Joint Subluxation/Dysfunction Syndromes 

    Contraindications to and Complications of Adjustive Therapy 

    Effects of Adjustive Therapy 

    Application of Adjustive Therapy 

    Chapter 5: The Spine: Anatomy, Biomechanics, Assessment and Adjustive Techniques

    Structure and Function of the Spine 

    Evaluation of Spinal Joint Function 

    Cervical Spine 

    Adjustments of the Cervical Spine 

    Thoracic Spine 

    Adjustments of the Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage 

    Lumbar Spine 

    Adjustments of the Lumbar Spine 

    Pelvic Joints 

    Adjustments of the Pelvis 

    Chapter 6: Extraspinal Techniques

    Role of the Peripheral Joints 

    Temporomandibular Joint 



    Wrist and Hand 



    Ankle and Foot 

    Chapter 7: Nonthrust Procedures: Mobilization, Traction, and Soft Tissue Techniques

    Joint Mobilization 

    Manual Traction-Distraction 

    McKenzie Method 

    Cranial Manipulation 

    Soft Tissue Manipulation 




    1: Named Chiropractic Techniques

    2: Reliability Studies

    3: Citation Synopsis


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