I believe it is best to gently adjust the vertebrae that are ready to move and never to force a vertebra to move. The body will allow the vertebra to move into place as it learns to trust the forces being applied. Rushing the process is not necessary.
Although I was taught several adjusting techniques, I am most comfortable receiving and performing a modified version of the original chiropractic technique. This original technique was practiced and taught by BJ Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic, in the first chiropractic college.
The technique I use is called the "Toggle Recoil Method". My patient lies on his/her side on a special table with a drop head piece. I contact the vertebra that needs to be adjusted with one hand and use the other hand on top to help apply a little more force. I then use a gentle, quick thrust in the direction that the vetebra needs to go in and the table drops as the force is administered. This allows the force to go straight through and not bounce back into my hands. This technique also minimizes what the patient feels.
The adjustment I use for the pelvis and lumbar spine (low back) is called the "Thompson Technique". The patient is lying face down on the table and I contact whatever bone of the pelvis or lumbar vertebra is subluxated and apply a gentle thrust in the direction that the spine needs to move. The table drops as the force is applied, so that the force goes straight through. Again, this drop in the table allows the patient to not feel the force as much. In addition to this helping the patient not feel the force, it also blocks the force from coming back into my hands. I also do what is called "Logan Basic Technique" on the sacrum when I feel it is necessary. The Logan Basic Technique uses a thumb contact on one of the ligaments on the side of the sacrum. During this technique the patient is lying face down and the ligament is contacted and held until the sacrum realigns and the tension leaves the entire spine. The thoracic spine is adjusted while the patient is lying face down and very gentle forces are used to adjust only the verebrae that are ready to move.
I end the adjustment with the patient seated on the table and I do a post check of the range of motion of the sacroiliac joints and cervical range of motion. I then do some seated gentle adjustments, or I have the patient lie down again if it is necessary for the completion of the adjustment.