Chiropractic care is a proven, natural, drug-free, and non-invasive therapy used to relieve pain and inflammation as well as bring healing and restoration to the body. It addresses the misalignments of the spine to regain optimal wellness for the patient’s overall health and wellbeing. Chiropractors intimately understand the relationship between the spine, musculoskeletal system, and nervous system. The spine is the support system for the human body and the primary channel of the nervous system controlling the rest of your body.
The most general and most utilized method of manipulative chiropractic care is the Diversified technique. It is the technique you most likely imagine when you hear the term chiropractic- it’s the one you’ve probably seen, read about, or heard about when it comes to hands-on methods. It is the traditional method associated with chiropractic adjustment and considered manual therapy as the chiropractor uses his hands instead of instruments to deliver adjustments.
What is the Diversified Technique?
The Diversified technique uses high velocity and low amplitude thrusts to each joint. Chiropractors will apply a short (low-amplitude) quick (high-velocity) thrust over restricted joints one at a time. This restores the normal function and range of motion to the joint. The patient’s body may be positioned in various ways to optimize the adjustment.
Diversified adjustments use manual thrusting to target deep within the joint to correct any mechanical distortions in the joint’s cavity. The adjustment will relieve any tension or stress placed around the joint due to misalignment allowing fluids and tissue to restore proper mobility, circulation, and function to the area.
It can be safely used on nearly every joint in the body but most commonly on the spine and extremity joints. It can be used to treat back and neck pain, sciatica, scoliosis, headaches, whiplash, and more.
This adjustment often creates a popping or cracking sound known as cavitation. The sound is caused by a release of gas when the joint is pushed a short distance past its passive range of motion, like the sound your hands make when you crack your knuckles. Do not be alarmed as it is the body’s natural response, so consider it your body sighing in relief. It is a healthy and expected reaction.
Depending on the severity, needs, and condition of the patient, several appointments may be needed to complete treatment. However, many patients report feeling noticeably better after the first treatment with benefits beyond the expected improved range of motion and pain reduction. To schedule an appointment or learn more about how we can help you, please contact our 3D Integrated Medical office today.