Diversified Chiropractic Technique (DCT) is the most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors, as reported by the American Chiropractic Association. DCT is characterized by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. DCT is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.
DCT remains the principal chiropractic system taught at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario and is also the primary technique offered at a variety of American Chiropractic Colleges.
DCT is just one of the techniques that we use in practice to help our patients feel better. We also frequently recommend a combination of conservative therapies including Acupuncture, Dry Needling, GRASTON soft tissue therapy and Kinesiotape to maximize the therapeutic benefit and to promote the fastest recovery for our patients.
How Chiropractic Works
The "Chiropractic Adjustment" as it is commonly called, is the key element in the treatment of the spine and the extremities (i.e. knees and ankles). The chiropractic adjustment works by restoring normal joint function and position. If a joint is not functioning in its optimal range of motion, surrounding joints and tissues will have to compensate by altering their position and range of motion.
Inside each joint is a multitude of many receptors. These receptors detect mechanical changes within the joint capsule and the surrounding ligaments. Joint receptors serve two main purposes: to protect the joint from too much motion and to act as sensors, detecting the position, location, orientation and movement of the body and its parts.
When joints are not functionally optimally, signals from the joint to the brain and from the brain back to the joints creates an alteration in pain sensation, joint position and surrounding muscle and connective tissue tension. One effective method to reset this altered joint function and to increase receptor stimulation is through chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustments.
Chiropractic adjustments may be provided through a variety of chiropractic techniques. To be therapeutic, the adjustment must be directed in a very specific direction through the joint. During an adjustment, the joint spaces are gently separated while a fast, yet shallow thrust is applied to the joint in order to restore joint function. A common occurrence during a chiropractic adjustment is an audible ‘popping’ sound. This sound results from the pressure change which occurs within the joint. This same type of popping sound results when you open a can of pop or a carbonated beverage. This sound is created by the release of gasses which are dissolved in lubricating fluids within the joint.
During a chiropractic adjustment, the distance between the joint surfaces is increased, reducing joint compression and improving joint range of motion, soft tissue flexibility and overall neurological communication between the brain, spinal cord and joints.