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Chiropractic Techniques


Diversified is a widely utilized chiropractic technique and one that is taught at most chiropractic colleges. In addition to being one of the most commonly used of all the chiropractic techniques, Diversified is the one probably most familiar to clients. The Diversified adjustment involves a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic adjustment). The object of the technique is to restore proper alignment of the spinal column and create better joint function thus enabling the central nervous system to work at it’s optimal level.

Mid adult male chiropractor treating a female pati

Extremity Adjustments

Extremity adjustments are applied to joints other than those of the spine such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist and ankles. These adjustments are commonly sought after by athletes. In addition, extremity adjustments are very effective for people experiencing repetitive stress injuries (ie: carpal tunnel-like symptoms from excessive computer use).

Physiotherapist doing healing treatment on mans ba

Drop Table

This is a specific chiropractic method and is a variation of the Diversified technique that uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments can be cocked up a fraction of an inch, so when the thrust is delivered, the table will drop this fraction of an inch. The object of the drop is to distract (open) the joint during the adjustment. The drop pieces assist the practitioner’s thrust and work with the force of gravity thus minimizing the force required for the adjustment.

The drop table is extremely beneficial for pregnant women. A pregnancy pillow allows the mother to comfortably lay face down on the table. The drop table is then used to gently adjust the pelvis and/or lower back. The adjustments are very safe and gentle for mom and baby.

chiropractic table


The Activator is a hand-held, spring-loaded adjustment tool. Instead of the adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. Activator can be used as a primary treatment protocol for all patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual adjustment or where manual adjustment may be contraindicated. There is no “popping” sound when the activator is used.

The activator is a very effective and gentle approach for adjusting children. At Palm Desert Chiropractic we have a pediatric specific activator tip that is appropriate for babies to adolescents.