Posts Tagged ‘Chiropractic’


Thursday, June 9th, 2011


If you have any desire or interest whatsoever in improving the mental health and brain function of your community then you must listen to this audio recording. Drs Pat Gentempo, Chris Kent and Jay Holder discuss the issues of chiropractic and how it can change the way people are feeling about themselves and improve their state of wellbeing…

Even if you think that Chiropractic is primarily about pain, then consider this - emotional pain is far more ongoing, crippling and debilitating than physical pain - and chiropractic could be one of the best kept secrets in reducing emotional pain…

Click on the link to download the audio MP3 file (or right click and choose “save target as…” to save to your computer - 30MB - so will take some time depending on your connection bandwidth)…

The interview lasts an hour so I suggest you set aside some dedicated time and prepare yourself for a mind expanding experience!

Jay Holder will be teaching in Melbourne in August - to find out more and take advantage of a big online registration saving go to this link:


Monday, May 16th, 2011

The secrets of making a practice explode are elusive - and by EXPLODE I do mean rapid, positive, exciting, passionate, and fun growth in terms of patient visits, new patient aquisition, profitability, clinical results and enthusiasm…

Of course there are seminars that market solely on this desire that each one of us harbours: And they are usually selling a program of how to attract and commit practice members to your care - regardless of the actual “product” that you offer.

But here’s the sting - if for some reason you haven’t got your product right - if the quality assurance is not quite there - then no number of practice building “techniques” will result in sustainable and exponential growth. The answer is to get the product right first!

I was talking to one of our Australian Chiropractic legends the other day - you know those straight talking principled chiropractors that have built big practices time and again based on good old fashioned art, science and philosophy and commonsense business savvy. He’s spending less time in practice nowadays and more time mentoring chiropractic students (yes there is some good news in chiropractic!) and his advice to them is to figure out how to be a great chiropractor. And he is very clear that this depends on developing fantastic FCB in your technique. Not your practice building technique - your chiropractic technique.

Needless to say he has been in this game for a long time and surpasses annual professional development requirements by a factor of ten, and he makes it quite plain that one of the best techniques that he has implemented is Torque Release Technique.

He’s not alone though: Have a listen to a must-hear interview with “Chiropractor of the Month” Dr Wade Lofton by Patrick Gentempo and Chris Kent to see what can happen in a practice when TRT is added to the mix… Click on this link to start listening (it can take some time for the audio to beging to play depending on your download speed. Alternatively right click on the link and “Save Target As…” to your computer)…

To find out more about TRT training with the developer Dr Jay Holder in August in Melbourne click on this link:

The Art of Chiropractic - Arts 9-11

Monday, April 4th, 2011


“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…”


“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.”


“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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The Art of Chiropractic - Art 6

Monday, March 28th, 2011


“A Chiropractic adjustment is the RESTORATION of a subluxated vertebra to its normal position, by Innate Intelligence.

“This restoration is brought about by Innate recoil or Innate contraction of forces. The contraction of forces takes place in the supporting tissues of the vertebra in question… The Palmer method of arousing Innate to do this… is by means of the Palmer Toggle Recoil.

“…no other method teaches that adjusting is restoration performed by Innate Intelligence.”

In Torque Release Technique (TRT) we teach that an adjustment is “communication through touch”: This builds on this concept that we deliver a correctional vector with intent, but then the body has to do something intelligent with this force, energy and/or information. In other words the real healing begins after your hands have finished.

The defining attributes of a Toggle Recoil adjustment include:

  • Highly specific contact point
  • High speed low amplitude thrust
  • Recoil
  • Torque

During the design of the original TRT research project a statistical problem had to be solved: This was the statistical confounding of touch. Because chiropractic is “done by hand” it is actually quite difficult to achieve statistical significance - a large sample size or huge clinical difference between active treatment and control group is required. Not to mention the “placebo” stigma of human touch. (You know some researchers think that chiropractic works because we are nice to people?)

To avoid this Jay Holder designed a totally new adjusting instrument so that the adjustment could be delivered by a reproducible, reliable and specific tool that reproduce what the hands intend during a Toggle Recoil. While some DCs mistakenly think that an Integrator is just another variation of other standard impact hammers that have been used by Chiropractors for some time, it is important to understand that there are very few similarities in engineering and construction.

The Integrator delivers all of the above factors of the Toggle Recoil but with less force, higher speed and greater specificity than ever possible with the human hand. And the findings of the research suggested that something extra beneficial had been created, so much so that demand for the Integrator in the market place predicated its manufacture. And the assessment and adjusting protocol used by the practitioners during the research project were similary demanded for use in clinical practice - and so began the teaching of Torque Release Technique.

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The Art of Chiropractic - Art 5

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Art 5. MOVES.

“A move is a mechanical movement given by an adjustor with the intention of adjusting a subluxation.

“A move is not necessarily an adjustment. All moves do not succeed in adjusting subluxations. A move may shift a vertebra from one place to another but that is not always an adjustment. A move does not succeed in adjusting unless it produces an Innate recoil. The educated mind of a surgeon or even a chiropractor does not know where to put that subluxated vertebra. The only intellect that knows is the Innate Intelligence of the patient…”

I guess if we can be brutally honest with ourselves - we will have observed this in our practices. Not every adjustment seems to produce the magic that we expect and that our practice members desire.

The key ingredient is this obscure component of “innate recoil” - a positive physiological response to our therapeutic “move” - needs to be an intelligent one on the recipient’s behalf. I know that some segments in our profession have difficulty with the concept of innate intelligence, but I am not sure how we can comprehend any internal healing without such an intuitive process existing on some level? One might call it homeostasis, another the immune system, someone else just energy flow - to be honest I think Innate Intelligence describes it better!

And I think the next question that arises from this is how do I maximise my chances of delivering an adjustment that more consistently produces innate recoil? On my own personal technique journey, Torque Release Technique has answered this question better than most, and continues to strive with research and development to further enhance each chiropractors healing potential.

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