Have you ever heard your chiropractor referring to the diversified technique when discussing your most recent adjustment? Most chiropractors are knowledgeable on a variety of chiropractic techniques, however, the diversified technique is widely used and worth explaining.
A diversified adjustment is characterized by a high-velocity, low amplitude thrust. The objective of a diversified adjustment is to restore proper movement and alignment of the spine. The thrust delivered by the chiropractor usually results in the popping noise associated with a chiropractic adjustment. This noise comes from a cavitation of the joint.
There is something called synovial fluid present in your joints that acts as a lubricant. The fluid consists of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you cavitate a joint, you are stretching the joint capsule. The gasses in the synovial fluid are rapidly released, which forms a popping sound.
Once your joint is opened up, the synovial fluids re-lubricate the joint surfaces and normal motion is restored. This is why you'll typically feel relief from your pain after an adjustment. However, in order to avoid symptoms returning it's important to maintain proper movement and alignment with regular chiropractic care. So make sure to visit your chiropractor regularly!