Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractic techniques define the various ways in which a chiropractic expert can help correct your neuromuscular disorders. This is achieved by manually adjusting your spine and extremities in precise ways. 

A chiropractor can help with neck pain, back pain, or mobility issues. Techniques practiced by Dr. Tanvi Desai at Lotus Chiropractic Care may involve using her hands or specialized equipment.

Chiropractic Care vs. Physiotherapy

Although both disciplines have some core similarities, their approaches can be different. Knowing the difference between the two options can help you get the correct treatment for your situation.


The primary goals of chiropractic care include:

  • Restoring the nervous system
  • Restoring motion
  • Realigning the spine
  • Pain relief

The primary goals of physiotherapy include:

  • Regain mobility with pain-free movement
  • Injury prevention
  • Rehabilitation 

Basic Approach

For a chiropractor, the spine is central to your treatment. They use hands-on manipulations to treat spinal subluxations that relieve lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, hip pain, or shoulder pain. Their approach is based on realigning the musculoskeletal system back to its natural state, allowing the body to heal itself.

On the other hand, a physical therapist helps you perform a set of repetitive exercises and stretches to improve your condition. Patients are advised on home exercise programs to hasten recovery. Although physiotherapy may sometimes involve physical manipulations, they are not central to the practice.

Instruments and Settings

A chiropractor may utilize specialized space or equipment depending on the patient’s needs. This can include special chairs or tables for gentler and more “precise” spinal alignments and other chiropractic instruments, such as the Activator.

Treatment with a physical therapist does not usually need a special setting. There are few instruments or specialized equipment involved. The exercise routines prescribed by a physiotherapist can also be performed at your home.

Who To Visit

You may visit a chiropractor for conditions such as:

You may visit a physical therapist for help in recovery from conditions such as

  • Limited movement due to injuries
  • Motion-induced pain
  • Effect of stroke, arthritis, or Parkinson’s disease

Gentle & Specific Chiropractic Care

Dr. Desai focuses on offering gentle and specific chiropractic care that involves realignment of the entire spine instead of a segment, as seen with traditional chiropractic care.

Upper cervical chiropractic is a technique that assesses the spine as a whole and not as individual parts. This bone is important because it starts at the base of your skull and is responsible for holding up the weight of your head.

Misalignment at this point can have a profound impact on the central and autonomic nervous systems. The upper cervical chiropractic technique is very specific in measuring the misalignment of the C1 bone (or the Atlas) in the spine. 

Once measurements are taken, the adjustment is a simple process. The C1 can be realigned with very gentle force. No cracks, pops, or twists are needed.

Read on to learn more about the various gentle chiropractic techniques offered at Lotus Chiropractic Care.


NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) is a highly specialized, gentle, and effective method of chiropractic care. It has been developed over five decades with research and clinical observations that focus on the correction of misalignments in the upper cervical spine (neck area). 

The NUCCA method is a non-invasive treatment that uses X-rays to measure the cervical spine precisely. These measurements help identify and correct misalignments and encourage optimal spinal health. 

NUCCA treatment aims to restore balance to the central nervous system, which controls all functions in the body. 

Learn More About NUCCA

Activator Method

The Activator method is a chiropractic technique that uses a small, hand-held instrument to deliver precise and gentle adjustments to the spine. While using the Activator method, your chiropractic practitioner does not need to make any manual adjustments to the spine. 

This method can help patients who are looking for a gentle and low-force form of chiropractic care. Dr. Desai has offered treatment with the Activator method since 2014 to patients visiting Lotus Chiropractic Care.

Learn More About the Activator Method

Webster’s Technique

Webster’s technique of chiropractic care is designed to help pregnant women realign their sacroiliac joints, which connect the pelvis and lower spine. At Lotus Chiropractic Care, Dr. Desai uses the technique to optimize pelvic balance and alignment to support a healthy pregnancy and delivery process.

The process is safe and comfortable for both you and your baby. The care and advice you will receive with Webster’s technique can be adjusted as you progress through your pregnancy to accommodate the changes in your body during this time.

Learn More About Webster’s Technique

Gentle Chiropractic Care in Dunwoody, Georgia

Dr. Desai is a chiropractic expert with extensive training and experience in caring for patients' spinal misalignments. She offers patients treatment options that help make precise and gentle adjustments to correct their condition.

Are you looking for an effective, non-invasive, and safe form of chiropractic care in Dunwoody, Georgia

Learn how we can help you by contacting Lotus Chiropractic Care today. Call us at (470) 719-9539 or request an appointment online

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