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When you hear people talk about receiving chiropractic treatment, the odds are that they're referring to an encounter with a treatment method known as Diversified Technique. This form of manual adjustment remains the most popular and widely used of all chiropractic techniques, 130 years after its fundamentals were first developed. Diversified Technique focuses on correcting faulty biomechanics in the spine caused by subluxation (joint misalignment). This classic technique can help your body regain its normal posture and range of motion for pain-free function -- and we're proud to provide it here at Gremmels Chiropractic Center Inc. in Birmingham, Al.
The earliest glimmers of what would become chiropractic medicine began in 1895, when D. D. Palmer resolved a patient's deafness by adjusting a misaligned cervical vertebra. Palmer's continuing work led to the formation of the famous Palmer School of Chiropractic and the development of Diversified Technique, which was further refined by Dr. Otto Reinert. Diversified Technique is the classic chiropractic technique that most people are familiar with. It is a strictly "hands-on" manual method, leaving instrument-based adjusting to other techniques. (In fact, the very term "chiropractic" essentially means "done by hand.")
One hallmark of the Diversified Technique is the chiropractor's use of high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts when adjusting a joint. This sharp, precise force sometimes causes an effect known as cavitation in which nitrous oxide is released from within the joint. This accounts for the "popping" or "cracking" noise some patients hear during a Diversified session. Not only is it completely harmless, but the noise is actually a positive sign that a "stuck" or stiff joint has been freed to experience a wider range of motion.
Diversified Technique offers a huge spectrum of potential benefits for all kinds of health challenges, from acute injuries to chronic pain conditions. What began as a technique focused on the spinal column has expanded to include treatment of misaligned joints in the extremities as well. This makes it highly useful for treating sprains and related sports or workplace injuries. The technique's ability to restore normal biomechanics to the spine is perhaps the most crucial of all its benefits. By adjusting alignment problems that contribute to nerve impingement, Diversified Technique can relieve a variety of neurological symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. The improvement of nerve function can also have a profound effect on your systemic health, meaning that it can treat everything from poor immune response to digestive disorders.
As powerful and versatile as Diversified Technique is, our chiropractic clinic in Birmingham, AL is hardly limited to it. Dr. Gremmels and Dr. Carroll employ many different chiropractic techniques, both manual in nature and instrument-based, to give you the most effective treatment possible for your particular condition. We also make use of other non-surgical pain relief techniques such as spinal decompression therapy and therapeutic ultrasound in combination with chiropractic care. Call (205) 854-3008 today to learn more!