Chiropractic Technique, Principles and Procedures, 3rd Edition

Chiropractic Technique

3rd Edition Principles and Procedures

By Thomas F. Bergmann, DC, Editor-in-Chief, Chiropractic Technique, Mendota Heights, MN and David H. Peterson, DC, Chiropractic Science Center, Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, OR

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