What is the Diversified Technique?

The Diversified Technique is the original chiropractic technique developed by D. D. Palmer, founder or ‘father’ of chiropractic in 1895. This technique is taught in chiropractic colleges around the world and is the root of the chiropractic profession.

It is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one most familiar to patients.



How does it work?

Diversified Technique is considered ‘manual medicine’ where spinal adjustments are delivered by hand followed by an audible pop in most cases. This popping sound is the release of nitrogen gas from the joint and is completely harmless. The primary focus of all adjustments is restoration of normal biomechanical function of the involved or dysfunctional spinal or extra-spinal(hip, shoulder, knee, etc.) joint.


Spinal Assessment

Chiropractors are experts in spinal assessment and can easily determine if any spinal dysfunction exists by several methods of assessment.

  • Along with examination, static and motion palpation to the spine and surrounding soft tissue are the primary methods of spinal analysis that chiropractors use to identify problematic areas.
  • X-ray assessment may also be used to determine underlying problematic areas if medically necessary
  • Most people are completely comfortable with diversified or manual treatment but others prefer a more gentle approach where there’s no popping sensation at all. This is accomplished with the use of several approved chiropractic instruments such as the Impulse-IQ or Activator


Dr. Picard performs all three techniques in his office regularly and can accommodate the needs of all of his patients.