The Diversified Technique is one of the most common types of adjustments performed by chiropractors, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
Before performing the technique, we do an extensive analysis of your spine. In order to gather as much information as possible, we generally collect a detailed case history from you and take x-rays of your back and neck.
Just prior to administering adjustments, we may perform motion palpation, in which we examine the spinal joints as you turn and bend. We’ll also often check your legs to uncover imbalances in the neck, mid-back or lower spine.
If the loss of motion of one or more spinal vertebra is identified, a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust is administered. This adjustment aims to restore movement and alignment to your spine and joints. The direction, speed, depth, and angle that are used in the Diversified Technique are highly precise and very safe. The Technique is perfected through years of experience and practice as well as a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics. The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids within the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not indicative of the effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interference, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion. This technique is so fundamental to chiropractic care that it’s the principal technique taught by a number of American chiropractic colleges.
Like other chiropractic techniques, the Diversified Technique works by restoring optimal function to your joints. If a joint is not functioning as it should, it affects all surrounding joints and tissues because they have to work to compensate for the limited range of motion and diminished performance of the affected joint.
Within joints are joint receptors that are capable of detecting any kind of mechanical changes. They essentially act as sensors to protect the joint from over-extension and over-flexion, and they send pain signals when they detect that a joint is not functioning optimally. Chiropractic adjustments like the Diversified Technique restore optimal function to the joint, thereby eliminating pain and improving nervous system function.