Diversified Technique

Diversified technique (DT) is the most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors. Like many chiropractic and osteopathic manipulative techniques, Diversified is characterized by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. Diversified 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.[1]

Characteristics of Diversified Technique

The diversified technique is applied very quickly and usually results in a ‘popping’ sound as the spine and joints are pushed back into alignment. It is one of the most widely used forms of manipulation in the chiropractic field, and consists solely of manual adjustments – no tools or devices are used to perform the adjustment, and you will only feel the sensation of the chiropractor’s hands throughout the treatment process. The diversified technique is unique because it uses only a small thrust movement on a specific joint. This results in a clicking sound caused by the surface of the joint separating. This is a completely natural side effect, and is the result of decreased pressure inside the joint which creates a gas bubble. When this bubble bursts, the joint makes a noticeable clicking or popping sound. Kennesaw chiropractor Dr. Kerith Powell uses this technique on his Phase 1 and 2 patients.

Benefits of the Diversified Technique

The diversified technique is one of the most efficient and effective ways to move a joint out of place and perform a manual spinal adjustment in just one session. The treatment itself is relatively painless, but most people dislike it because they hear their joints clicking and popping throughout the treatment. Still, the diversified technique continues to be one of the simplest ways to perform spinal and joint manipulation. There are a total of 58 ‘set-ups’ for the correction of spinal manipulation with the diversified technique, and a total of 140 for correcting misalignment in the extremities. Kennesaw chiropractor Dr. Powell uses the ‘set-up’ that is clinically indicated for each individual. The diversified technique offers the benefit of adjusting the entire spine quickly and easily, and more targeted treatments can be used on the major joints such as the ankles, elbows, wrists and shoulders. Chiropractic treatments offer a natural alternative to surgery and can effectively help manage pain and reduce the effects of an injury. Chiropractic techniques have been used for hundreds of years, and are used to free up blockages in the nervous system so that the entire body can perform at its optimal level. Chiropractors like Kennesaw chiropractor Dr. Powell, adjust the spinal column first in most cases, because the spine is responsible for the performance of other muscles and joints in the body. Any major injuries to the spine may first be treated with surgery, and then with chiropractic treatment such as the diversified technique.[2]

Dr. Powell and Diversified Technique


Kennesaw chiropractor Dr. Powell was taught this technique by the late great Dr. Al States who practiced for 27 years in Illinois and spent 19 years teaching students at Parker College of Chiropractic currently known as Parker University. While there are those who understand the Diversified Technique to be a non-proprietary collection of adjustive moves. Dr. States did not teach it that way, his emphasis on specificity in the location, detection, and correction of the specific vertebra causing the neurological insult is the way it is practiced by Dr. Powell in Kennesaw Georgia.