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The Art of Chiropractic - Art 12

Monday, April 11th, 2011

ART 12. RECOIL.

“Recoil is the term used for Innate contraction of forces, in the body, in response to the adjustic concussion. Mechanically, recoil is the product of elasticity. It is the bouncing or springing back of an object when it strikes another object. It is not possible without concussion…”

If you have learnt Toggle Recoil you will recall the high speed, low amplitude thrust along with recoil that you may have spent hours trying to master. Often we were given the toggle boards with the hinge and latch mechanism that helped to train just the right depth, and I can remember a degree of competition in trying to be the most lightning fast adjuster.

One of the key ingredients built into the Integrator adjusting device during its development was recoil. This is partly provided by the pre-loading mechanism that allows the instrument to fire upon a pre-determined amount of pressure, but actual recoil is also built into the device’s specifications to maximise the “Innate contraction of forces” that Stephenson speaks of.

I think there are some key concepts shared in the short paragraph about recoil:

  1. Something happens as a result of us delivering our thrust - recoil - we don’t realign bones, we don’t release stuck joints - the body has to respond for there to be a therapeutic effect - we just need to get the concussion right…
  2. Recoil is dependent on elasticity - in chiropractic our disclaimer to the potential benefits from our care is something we call “limitations of matter” - this primarily means the structural changes that result from the long term dysfunction and distortion that restrict the body’s ability to be corrected. I would argue that this manifests most significantly as reduced recoil.

During TRT training we discuss The 14 Indicators of Subluxation - one of the benefits of understanding and having a system to objectify and review these indicators that I have found in my practice is to develop better intuition in predicting the state of a practice member’s “matter” - that is the degree of tension which is being stored in their system - or in other words the degree of elasticity in their body. This helps enormously with scheduling and with pre-empting the need for increased education and encouragemnt to increase the chances of compliance and hence great results…

To check out TRT training dates go to this link: http://www.torquerelease.com.au/TRT-Seminar.htm

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The Art of Chiropractic - Arts 9-11

Monday, April 4th, 2011

ART 9. CLEAVAGE.

“Cleavage is the movement of one body between two others splitting action. The friction is greater with slow motion than with fast, which is of course according to the law of friction. The application of the principle of cleavage, in Chiropractic, is the movement of a vertebra between two other vertebra…”

ART 10. CONCUSSION.

“Concussion is a blow as the result of arrested momentum, Momentum is the result of weight (mass) in motion and also of speed. In an adjustic concussion, it depends more upon speed than mass. At any rate it is necessary to get concussion, but without pounding upon the back. There should be a clean transfer through to the vertebra.”

ART 11. SPEED.

“Speed is the velocity of a moving body. The more speed a body has the more momentum it possesses. The more momentum it has, as the result of this speed, the more clean cut concussion it can produce. It is used in Chiropractic to obtain easy cleavage and to arouse Innate recoil.”

These articles are pivottal in understanding the reason why an instrument adjustment may be equal to or perhaps even potentially superior to a manual adjustment. And that statement can summarised in one word - SPEED.

An Integrator fires roughly ten times faster than the most often seen adjusting instrument, which in turn fires faster than the human hands can deliver a thrust. The beauty of this in physics terms is that the mass can be significantly reduced to still result in equal force (concussion) being produced. (Force equals mass times acceleration) And why superior results may be possible is due to the ability of speed to surpass friction resulting in more efficient cleavage.

Bottom line is that the evidence suggests at least equal benefits exist between a manual adjustment and an instrument based adjustment:

  • “…either mechanical-force, manually-assisted or high-velocity, low-amplitude chiropractic adjustments were associated with a beneficial effect of a reduction in pain and disability in patients diagnosed with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Neither… were found to be more effective than the other in the treatment of this patient population.  (JMPT 2005)
  • “…both instrumental (MFMA) manipulation and manual (HVLA) manipulation have beneficial effects associated with reducing pain and disability and improving cervical range of motion… no significant difference being observed between the 2 groups.” (JMPT 2001)

This can be hard to swallow for those who hold on to their superiority complex that comes from hearing nice noises emanating from the spines that we “adjust”. And I can say that because I have been one in that position of judgement: Until I swallowed my pride and put the Integrator to the test in real life practice that is.

DD Palmer himself stated that one day there would be better ways found to adjust - maybe that day has already come? What do you think?

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