Spine-health states that Diversified technique, also commonly referred to as Diversified Chiropractic Technique, or DCT, involves application of “a short (low-amplitude), quick (high-velocity) thrust over restricted joints (one at a time) with the goal of restoring normal range of motion in the joint.” The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners reports that, although the typical chiropractor uses as many as five or six different adjusting techniques in their course of practice, 96 percent report that Diversified technique is one of them. They further indicate that this method is used to treat 71.5 percent of their patient
The Thompson Technique uses a drop table to help DCs provide high velocity, low amplitude, and low force adjustments. This offers patients a less forceful adjustment while also reducing wear and tear on the doctor’s body because the manipulation is assisted by the drop device. According to a survey of 218 DCs, this technique is used by 59 percent of practitioners at least once every other week.
Cox Technic, also commonly referred to as the Cox technique or flexion distraction, is performed with the patient lying face down on a table specifically designed to distract and flex the spine. At the same time, the chiropractor performs manual adjustments in an effort to treat disc-based issues such as bulging discs and disc herniations.
The Gonstead Clinical Studies Society states that the basic principle of this technique is that, for the body to achieve maximum health, its foundation—the pelvic girdle—must first be stable. If it is out of alignment in any way, “dramatic changes may occur in the body.” Sometimes these changes are a result of pressure placed on the spinal discs, whether from one major event or several minor events that have happened over time. This can cause the discs to separate or swell and protrude, compressing nerves that can then become inflamed to the point where they inhibit proper transmission to the rest of the body.
The Activator Technique, also commonly known as the Activator Method, is a chiropractic modality that uses a small handheld device called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver fast, low-force impulses to specific areas of the spine. The Activator technique was founded in 1967, but in his book titled The Activator Method, Fuhr explains the Activator Adjusting Instrument was not patented until September 26, 1978, and registered with the Food and Drug Administration shortly thereafter.