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Doctors of chiropractic are trained in a variety of chiropractic techniques. If you’ve ever visited a chiropractor here in Reno, or anywhere, you may have experienced different treatments or read about different techniques. Some chiropractors practice exclusively in a certain technique, while others take a different approach.

Dr. Lynelle McSweeney prefers to have a variety of chiropractic techniques at her disposal. Everyone is different, and she finds the assumption that a single technique will work across the board rather limiting. If you visit Dr. Lynelle McSweeney’s Reno practice, here are some of the chiropractic techniques you might experience.


Dr. McSweeney uses a handheld instrument to apply a gentle, controlled force to the spine and extremities. This technique can also involve analysis of the legs and their impact on the hips and spine. The activator is a great choice for pediatric patients or those with chronic conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

Spinal Manipulation

This approach involves spinal adjustments, with specific attention to the spine and its surrounding muscles for improved function. Dr. McSweeney finds it more effective to test which nerves are compromised and adjust only those affected compared to adjusting head to toe each visit.

Extremity Manipulation

This technique can be used on joints outside of the spine. By improving mobility in extremity joints, you reduce stress on the spinal column. Chiropractic is not isolated just to the spine. Dr. McSweeney works with those suffering with Carpal Tunnel, knee issues, and many shoulder problems.

Thompson Drop Chiropractic Technique

This techniques uses a special drop table to make adjustments, often with multiple gentle thrusts. As the joint receives the gentle thrust, the table drops, which helps target the specific joint or tissue. The method involves analyzing leg length and their correlation to the pelvis and spine, and it’s a great option for deep adjustments while ensuring mildness for joints and discs.

Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

One of the most recognizable forms of treatment, the Gonstead Technique was developed in 1923. It uses different levels of pressure to address misalignment and fixations throughout the spine. Dr. McSweeney’s approach is to adjust only the rotations or those joints that are fixed with a specific and gentle motion.

If you’ve been experiencing neck, back or hip pain, or you have symptoms that may suggest other conditions, you may benefit from a visit to the chiropractor. Here in Reno, Dr. McSweeney understands that every patient is unique, and she uses a mix of chiropractic techniques to address every patient’s unique conditions.

Learn more about what you might expect at your first appointment, and schedule a visit today.