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Chiropractic Techniques


Diversified technique is a form of chiropractic adjustment that uses a high velocity, low amplitude manual manipulation to gently reset or correct the misaligned vertebrae. This adjustment may be thought of as slightly more aggressive than others used by chiropractors, however, many patients greatly prefer this approach to adjusting the spine. Some patients respond very quickly with the use of this technique and many times a cavitation or “popping” sound is heard. This technique is very widely used; in fact, some chiropractors only use Diversified techniques to adjust their patients.


Activator technique is a form of chiropractic adjustment that uses a small hand-held, spring-loaded instrument that delivers a small impulse to the spine or joint. This technique is less aggressive than others used by chiropractors; however, it is still very popular and effective when performed properly. It is based on the laws of physics where F=MA. In this case, the acceleration is so quick that it creates enough force to correct the misalignment without needing a great deal of mass. Most patients who have been adjusted with the Activator respond very well and appreciate the lower amount of force involved. It is a great tool and works especially well with children and the elderly.


The Thompson Drop table technique is also a less aggressive form of chiropractic manipulation. With this technique, the chiropractor uses a “drop table” to facilitate the adjustment. Typically, the patient is lying prone (face down); however many other joints can be adjusted using this table with the patient lying in other positions. The chiropractor, quickly and gently, presses down on the joint that needs to be adjusted and the table “drops” just slightly and stops abruptly but with enough force to facilitate the adjustment and correct the misalignment. This is another technique that works very well on the elderly or patients that prefer not to receive manual manipulation.

In my opinion, it is critical to have several different “tools” at the Doctor’s disposal to adjust the spine. The fact is some patients respond better to one form of chiropractic care than the other. This way, if one technique does not resolve the problem, we can use a different “tool.”