Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractors use many different chiropractic techniques to treat various health conditions. Some of the most common procedures include activator methods, zone techniques, and extremity adjusting. At Westside Chiropractic, Dr. Krysl provides quality chiropractic care for residents in Rapid City and the surrounding areas. Let’s take a brief look over some of the most common chiropractic techniques we offer.


Thompson Drop Table

This chiropractic care technique is ideal for acute lower back pain patients. For the procedure, the patient lies face up on a table with their head at one end. The chiropractor performs a series of gentle adjustments to the spine, and the table drops down slightly after each adjustment.

Activator Methods

It is a low-force technique that uses an activator instrument to deliver a gentle impulse to the spine. This is a good choice for patients who are sensitive to touch or have difficulty tolerating traditional chiropractic adjustments. The activator instrument is a small hand-held device that delivers a light tapping motion to the spine.

Zone Technique

This is a good choice for patients who have neurological issues or are recovering from injuries that affect their balance. During the procedure, the chiropractor places one hand on each side of the affected area to create a "zone" to adjust the spine.

Upper Cervical Adjusting

This technique is suitable for treating upper cervical spine problems that cause headaches, neck pain, and migraine symptoms. This procedure is unique because it only requires a quick impulse to be applied to a single point on the spine. Many people claim they feel immediate relief after upper cervical adjusting.

Diversified Technique

This is the most common chiropractic technique. It involves performing a quick snap or impulse on the spine. The chiropractor uses their hands to apply pressure to specific points on the spine until they hear a "click" sound.

Extremity Adjusting

This technique is used to treat problems in the extremities such as carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow pain, and tennis elbow. The chiropractor uses their hands to apply gentle pressure on specific points along the arms and legs until they feel a "click" sound.

Contact Westside Chiropractic to Find The Right Technique

No matter which chiropractic technique you choose, it is crucial to find a qualified and experienced chiropractor who can help you get relief from your symptoms. If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or other chronic health conditions, call Dr. Krysl at Westside Chiropractic in Rapid City, SD. Call our team today at (605) 342-4333 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


Office Hours


8:00 am-1:00 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm


9:00 am-1:00 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm


9:30 am-1:00 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm






  • "My husband's life started changing after his first appointment with Dr. Krysl. He has less pain and is sleeping better! We can't wait to get our son in. Thank you so very much!"
    Elaina O.
  • "Dr. Nick has helped my deal with almost 30 years of migraines! I have now been going for a month and I have only had one since my first visit! I was having horrible migraines from 2-3 times a week! Thank you Dr. Nick and the awesome staff and Westside Chiropractic! I can hopefully start enjoying a normal life again! Oh I forgot to say that I am not taking my prescription anymore as well!"
    Joseph L.