The Diversified Technique is the most common spine manipulation technique used by chiropractors, with approximately 96% of chiropractors using it for approximately 70% of their patients. Diversified technique is characterized by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. It is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.
The diversified technique is a common form of adjusting a patient. As a result, the shallow thrusts cause a quick, popping sound that is often related with a chiropractic adjustment. The diversified technique, as the name implies, can be used to treat different joints in the body, and is usually used as the main technique at chiropractors in their offices.
It is important to note that chiropractors do not "crack backs", as most people comment. Chiropractors do not crack. Adjustments are meant to bring back normal neurologic and joint function to the area that is adjusted. With restored mobility, this decreases pain and offers much needed relief to patients seeking treatment.