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Find a Gentle Chiropractor in the Twin Cities

Neurological chiropractic adjustments that don’t snap, crack, or pop.

Finding a more gentle chiropractor is easier than you might think. Cracks and pops may seem synonymous with going to the Chiropractor, but not everyone is into it. Across the Twin Cities Metro, there are local Doctors of Chiropractic who are opting to default to a much more gentle, neurologically-based way of adjusting their patients.

No cracking. No popping. Just adjustment.

This article briefly looks at various types of adjustments, types of gentle chiropractic adjustments, and lists clinic who almost exclusively provide these kinds of adjustments.


Types of gentle, low-force chiropractic techniques to consider:

Upper Cervical techniques including Atlas Orthogonal, Nucca, Blair, Grostic.

Instrument techniques such as Activator, TRT (Torque Release Technique), Arthrostim.

Tonal techniques such as NSA (Network Spinal Analysis), SOT (Sacral Occipital Technique).

Other techniques include:  DNFT(Directional Non-Force Technique), Applied Kinesiology, Neuro-Emotional Technique, Functional Neurology

The list can really go on and on and all of them are great techniques. In fact, there are over 300 different recognized Chiropractic techniques.  It all depends on where you are located, who is around you,  and what your goals are for care.

Types of Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments focus primarily on the spine and nervous system. Neurological chiropractic adjustments encompass various techniques aimed at addressing dysfunction within the nervous system. Some of the different types include:

  1. Diversified Technique: This is one of the most common chiropractic techniques, involving manual adjustments to correct misalignments in the spine. It can be applied to various regions of the spine to restore proper joint function.
  2. Gonstead Technique: This technique emphasizes specificity in identifying and correcting spinal misalignments, often utilizing X-rays and precise adjustments to target problem areas.
  3. Activator Method: This technique employs a handheld instrument called an Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine, allowing for precise adjustments with minimal force.
  4. Thompson Technique: Also known as the Thompson Drop Technique, it involves a special chiropractic table with sections that can be raised and then dropped slightly as the adjustment is performed, assisting the chiropractor in applying a quick and precise thrust to the spine.
  5. Toggle Recoil Technique: This technique focuses on adjusting the upper cervical spine, particularly the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae, using a quick thrust followed by a quick release of pressure.
  6. SOT (Sacral Occipital Technique): SOT focuses on the relationship between the sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of the spine, and the occiput, the bone at the base of the skull. Adjustments are designed to restore proper alignment and balance in this region.
  7. Upper Cervical Specific Techniques: These techniques specifically target the upper cervical spine, aiming to correct misalignments in the uppermost vertebrae (C1 and C2), which can have significant effects on the entire spine and nervous system.
  8. Applied Kinesiology: Although not exclusively a chiropractic adjustment technique, applied kinesiology involves muscle testing to identify imbalances in the body, which may then be addressed through various adjustments and therapies, including chiropractic adjustments.
  9. Cranial Techniques: Some chiropractors use gentle techniques to adjust the bones of the skull, aiming to improve cerebrospinal fluid flow and relieve tension in the cranial bones.
  10. Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET): This approach combines chiropractic adjustments with elements of traditional Chinese medicine and neuroscience to address emotional components believed to contribute to physical health issues.

These are just a few examples, and there are many other specialized techniques and variations within the field of chiropractic care, each with its own focus and methodology. It’s important for individuals seeking chiropractic care to consult with a qualified chiropractor to determine the most appropriate technique for their specific needs.

Chiropractic Techniques that Don’t Crack

Several chiropractic techniques are gentle and don’t involve the audible “cracking” or popping sound typically associated with manual adjustments. These techniques are often preferred by individuals who may be uncomfortable with traditional manual adjustments or have conditions that require a more gentle approach. Here are some examples:

  1. Activator Method: The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a handheld device that delivers a controlled, low-force impulse to specific areas of the spine. It is gentle and precise, making it suitable for individuals who prefer a non-manual approach or have conditions that require minimal force.
  2. SOT (Sacral Occipital Technique): SOT involves the use of specialized blocks and wedges placed under the pelvis to gently realign the spine. It focuses on restoring balance in the sacrum and pelvis, which can have a positive effect on the entire spine and nervous system.
  3. Cox Flexion-Distraction: This technique utilizes a specially designed chiropractic table that gently stretches and decompresses the spine while the chiropractor applies manual pressure to specific areas. It is commonly used to treat conditions such as disc herniation, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.
  4. Network Spinal Analysis (NSA): NSA is a gentle chiropractic approach that focuses on releasing tension and improving communication within the nervous system. It involves light touches along the spine to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal and adapt.
  5. Gentle Manual Techniques: Some chiropractors specialize in gentle manual techniques that involve soft tissue work, mobilization, and gentle stretching to improve joint mobility and reduce tension in the muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine.
  6. Low-Force Instrument-Assisted Techniques: In addition to the Activator Method, there are other instrument-assisted techniques that utilize low-force instruments to deliver precise adjustments without the need for manual manipulation.
  7. Cranial Techniques: Certain chiropractors may use gentle techniques to adjust the bones of the skull and release tension in the cranial sutures without the need for forceful manipulation.
  8. Drop Table Technique: This technique involves the use of a chiropractic table with sections that can be raised and then dropped slightly to facilitate gentle adjustments. It reduces the amount of force required to make an adjustment, making it suitable for individuals who prefer a gentle approach.

These techniques offer effective alternatives for individuals who are seeking chiropractic care but prefer a gentle approach without the audible cracking or popping sounds associated with traditional manual adjustments. It’s essential to consult with a qualified chiropractor to determine the most appropriate technique based on individual needs and preferences.

Find a Gentle Chiropractor that Prioritizes Gentle, Neurological Adjustments

1. Whole Family Chiropractic – Dr. Tyler Moe.

While most chiropractors take a “bone first” approach, this family-oriented clinic is flipping that around. By addressing the nervous system to release the muscles causing the nerve interruption, Dr. Tye is able to avoid adjusting the same area again and again. Gentle (no cracking) tools such as Torque Release Technique (TRT), MC2, Talksy Tonal, and Zone Technique are used here.

Whole Family Chiropractic in St. Paul, MN

2. Inspire Life Chiropractic– Dr. Mel Krug.

Located in Mendota Heights, Dr. Mel has been “making waves” on social media as she inspires and educates about what Network Spinal can do for the physical and Emotional body. Her practice has been described by superfans as a truly “healing and loving environment” that “goes beyond the pain.”

Imagine Life Chiropractic in Mendota Heights, MN
Explanation of the Spinal Wave and demonstration of what a gentle network spinal adjustment looks like.

3. Stockheart Whole Health – Dr. Brenna Erickson.

The Migraine Whisperer. Dr. Brenna Erickson in Minnesota’s only Gentle Directional Non-Force Chiropractor (D.N.F.T Method) who is helping those with chronic headaches Welcoming the weariest of health-seekers into her care, she prioritizes spending the time and the effort to uncover the root causes of debilitating headaches without putting additional stress on the body. DNFT uses a unique hands-on adjusting style that use less force than mainstream Chiropractic methods by addressing misalignments in a 3 dimensional model and implements a series of gentle thumb impulses to correct these misalignments, allowing the body to reset its own internal equilibrium without abrupt forces, or twisted positions.  Dr. Brenna also uses functional  medicine testing to help find the root cause for her clients. 

Stockheart Whole Health in Uptown Minneapolis, MN

4. Principled Living Tonal Chiropractic– Dr. Samuel Rinehart.

Just as a massage therapist focuses on the tone of muscles, or a singer focuses on the tone of his/her voice, a tonal chiropractor focuses on balancing the tone and tension of the brain and spinal cord (aka your central nervous system). At this New Hope office, any imbalance in the tone/tension of the brain/spinal cord results in a condition called nerve interference and will immediately decrease the individual’s quality of life.

Principled Living Tonal Chiropractic in New Hope, MN

5. Roots Chiropractic – Dr. Sarah Breuer

Truly gorgeous healing space in St. Louis Park! Breathe easy, Dr. Sarah is specialized in Torque Release Technique (TRT). This neurological form of chiropractic takes a “nerve first” approach, and doesn’t require forceful manipulation and is great for all bodies, and especially for babies and kiddos.

Roots Chiropractic in St. Louis Park, MN
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6. Revitalize Chiropractic – Dr. Austyn Wasko.

Leveraging Insight Scanning Technology, Revitalize Chiropractic is capturing detailed body and muscle function as well as chronic stress monitoring information for highly-informed treatment plans. This clinic nestled into the Highland Park neighborhood in St. Paul offers neurologically-based chiropractic techniques, with an emphasis of Zone and Torque Release Technique, which are both currently at the forefront of the chiropractic profession.

Revitalize Chiropractic in St. Paul, MN

7. Dr. Kimberly Berkus.

Even more gentle, Dr. Kimberly providers Network Spinal care. This cozy and grounded space in Uptown oozes relaxation. Network adjustments promotes lasting change by working with your body and reprogramming your nervous system. People describe care here as “conscious and mindful”.

Dr. Kimberly Berkus in Uptown Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Kimberly Berkus’s Uptown Office

8. Optimal Life Chiropractic – Dr. Roger Brady.

Upon walking into Optimal Life Chiropractic you might be greeted by Mikko or Lila, the cutest office pups! This Oakdale clinic was founded by life partners, Dr. Roger and Lexie, prioritizing pregnancy, babies, and children with the gentle Torque Release Technique (TRT).

Optimal Life Chiropractic in Oakdale, MN

Who did we miss? Leave a comment and let us know who to add in our next Twin Cities Guide!


About the Author –
Dr. Brenna Erickson, DC

Dr. Brenna Erickson specializes in migraine and Headache Disorders. She utilizes Non Force Chiropractic Care, a gentle technique that involves no cracking, popping, or sudden movements. In addition to non-force chiropractic care, Dr. Erickson also offers red light therapy, laser, kt taping, and lifestyle medicine. Notably, Dr. Erickson is the only person in Minnesota to offer the technique she practices!


About the Author –
Alex Stalberger, NBC-HWC

Alex Stalberger is the owner and founder of Well Connected Twin Cities. She is an integrative health and wellness coach with a passion for empowerment and behavior psychology. She writes guides to help health-seekers like you find the perfect partners for your own integrative health and wellbeing team.


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