Thompson Segmental Drop Technique
“The Thompson Technique is a full-spine adjusting technique that emphasizes high-velocity, low amplitude, and some low-force procedures, using a drop table as an indispensable adjunct. At the heart of the analytic component of the Thompson Technique is the Derifield leg check, adapted from the original work of Dr. Romer Derifield. The Derifield-Thompson leg-check analysis enables the differential diagnostic distinction between primarily cervical and pelvic involvement, as well as distinguishing among the various subentities within these primary diagnostic categories.”
“The Thompson Terminal Point drop table aims not only to protect the patient, but to promote the clinical longevity of the doctor. The adjustments themselves are considered by Thompson practitioners to be ‘low force, high velocity,’ in that a light thrust triggers the drop section release mechanism. Lumbodorsal and extremity problems are afforded less attention, but also need to be addressed after the primary cervical and lumbar areas have been addressed.”
Source: Cooperstein R, Gleberzon BJ. Technique systems in chiropractic. St. Louis: Churchill Livingstone; 2004, p243-4.