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The Secret to Building the Practice of Your Dreams

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Could you sum up all the secrets to success in practice and perhaps even life in two words? I think I can… And I am going to tell you on this page, without the need for you to subscribe to my free e-report, or register to a cheap tele-seminar, or commit to twelve months of direct debited coaching: Instead you are going to receive 100% free, unconditional wisdom!

Here is the first word – but before I tell you I’d like to introduce you to my life changing program: Just kidding – The word is “Relationships”. Everything you do in life and the outcomes of your thoughts, beliefs and behaviours comes down to this one complex biochemistry term.

Invest time and energy into healthy relationships in any domain of life and you will achieve success in that area. Ignore, abuse or neglect this facet of life and I guarantee that any success will be short-lived, hollow and most likely lonely.

Now I am not just talking about human relationships here – this principle can be applied to EVERYTHING!

Let’s break this down first – to a microscopic level. Would your DNA, RNA and enzymes function if the relationships between the C, N, O & H are incoherent? You could have a soup of the individual atoms, or even nucleotides, but unless the relationships between the components are aligned then organic chaos will prevail.

On a human level health and wellbeing depends upon healthy relationships between every single cell. To understand this in technical terms one should spend time researching the topics of Tensegrity (see tensegrity-and-chiropractic/) and Neural Holography (see holographic-brain-model-and-chiropractic/) . As chiropractors we have simplified this down to the model that the central nervous system controls and regulates every cell in every body. To claim this requires greater understanding beyond action potentials and perhaps our pioneers were closest to the truth when coining the term “mental impulse”.

Now I know some vocal contemporary chiropractic academics dismiss the mental impulse as nonsense, but these same authors fail to supply a modus operandi for chiropractic beyond pain transmission and a shallow hypothesis that stimulating proprioceptors inhibits C fibres, and that’s that. This may be an accurate small picture, but as always there is a bigger picture – and an even bigger idea.

Within a family, relationship is pivotal –when relationships break down, families decay. And we could continue to illustrate the vitality of relationships within groups, organisations, cultures and populations. Let’s face it crime and war are the most pathological manifestations of relationship breakdown.

Which brings us to the second foundational word for success in all things = “Communication”. Relationships only work when communication flows. Relationships are like the structure and communication the function. Why would RNA be so important to human existence? Because it communicates the message stored in DNA. Why do we dare to claim that the nervous system is the most important system of the body? Because it is the means of communication in the human body – afferent and efferent. Relationships within a family are only sustained by communication. Why do entertainers get paid such ridiculous wages? Because they are perceived to be the masters of communication…

Now let’s bring this into the realms of chiropractic practice.

At our most prehistoric level we propose the importance of the relationship between adjacent vertebrae, and how the disruption of these relationships leads to at least pain and perhaps also bodily dysfunction. And the relationship between adjacent vertebrae hinges upon communication – Biofeedback between neighbours that enables coordinated alignment and movement.

Many use Xrays to analyse and demonstrate these relationships between neighbouring bones, but a more instantaneous and non-invasive assessment tool is postural analysis. The downside of postural analysis is that if you lack technology to measure and record postural relationships your assessment will be too subjective to mean much: But when in ownership of technology that objectively illustrates the breakdown in postural relationships a chiropractor possesses a tool that can be meaningful to his clinical decision making, a practice member’s comprehension of need for care and progress under care, and has the added bonus of being able to demonstrate clinical necessity and efficacy to a third party (see Posture-Pro-Software.htm) .

Posture is the most global expression of relationship and communication in a person – why would someone carry their head which weighs as much as a bowling ball more than two inches in front of their shoulders when this uses more energy and creates more stress on all the supporting structures? Because of breakdown in relationship between the head and the torso, and an obvious disconnect in communication about where that person’s head is located in space. Why would someone carry their head too far forwards – because they don’t know it is there!

Healthy relationships between human cells, tissues and organs depend on this same dance between relationship and communication. And chiropractic knows better than every other healing profession that this all flows up and down via the central nervous system. Jay holder describes chiropractic as “communication through touch”. When we are analysing someone’s spinal and neural state we are asking the person’s body pertinent questions – “where do you want to be adjusted and how?” That is if you have ownership of a technique that teaches you these questions – if not then you must be imposing some external recipe of when and how to adjust.

And then your adjustment needs to be healing communication – “a correctional vector with intent” – are you adjusting each person in the way that their body is giving permission to be adjusted, or are you imposing your will on the baddest, stiffest, crookedest bone or joints? (See Torque-Release-Discount.htm) I hope that you possess the technical skills that give you clear communication from a person’s spinal column about where the vertebral relationships have become disconnected and the best approach to communicate the need for adjustment to that person’s nervous system.

Now look at the person from a wider view and if you can comprehend the definition of Subluxation as a “separation from wholeness” – then you will start to see how breakdown in the relationships within the Cranio-Spinal-Meningeal-Functional-Unit results in interference with communication within the central nervous system which will include disorders in pain, emotion, coordination and regulation. And suddenly the intent of each adjustment you deliver takes on wider and deeper implications for the individual and the community that surrounds them.

Then the other side of the formula are the human relationships and communication that either build or shrink your practice numbers. The only problem that I have with scripts in practice management is that they are usually uni-directional and that reeks of relationship deficiency and communication minimisation: The only scripts I endorse are questions – relationship builders and communication initiators. Take a look at your own scripts and see if there is some way that you can rephrase them as questions.

I can sense some of you cringing at this point – “if I ask my practice member’s a question I don’t have time to stand around waiting to hear the answer.” Here is my advice to you – be very good at hiring great team members – team members who will compensate for your own inability to build deeper relationships, and nurture meaningful communication! Sounds harsh but could be the best advice I could ever give to you?

Now what are the symptoms in your practice that you need some adjustments to your relationships and communication?

1) Insufficient new patients – The Universe will supply you as many new patients as you have the capacity to develop relationships and communication pathways with. If you want more new patients, before you invest huge amounts of money into a marketing campaign, investigate how you can increase your capacity to initiate a relationship and effectively communicate with a larger patient base.

2) Poor patient retention – If people are dropping out of care prematurely then it is time to investigate your ability to maintain ongoing relationships and to keep communication pathways open. As soon as a practice member smells any degree of disinterest or misunderstanding between you, they will leave. The skills of developing a lasting clinical relationship are not the same as those needed to maintain a long lasting romantic relationship so don’t make the mistake of thinking that I am suggesting you have to become everybody’s best friend.

3) Poor team morale or high staff turnover – If your staff aren’t especially happy to be at work, or they leave for something better not long after you have finished training them then you may need to work to build better relationships and communication within your team.

I understand that this piece may be sounding hypothetical or at least metaphorical but I hope that you can contemplate the applicability and simplicity of these two concepts – Relationship and Communication. And if you are willing to invest some time to brainstorm this in your own life circles I believe you will find a holistic way of prioritising your energies. For example – your technique – take a look and review of your “treatment” system is improving relationships and communication in your practice members’ bodies? And do you have the means to determine that you are achieving this? And are your team members aligned in their procedures to maximise relationship and communication within your office? And when you finally leave your office are you investing adequate time and energy into all the other key relationships in your own body and community?

Here are some concepts to explore…

  • So what is the role of an initial consultation = to build a relationship.
  • What is the role of an initial examination = to determine the relationship and communication status in that individual’s biology.
  • What is the role of the report of findings = to communicate your perception of the state of their body’s relationships and communication, and express how you believe you can help them improve these.
  • What is the role of your care = to improve the person’s spinal relationships and communication via their central nervous system.
  • What is the role of an office CA = to support and enhance the human relationship and communication within the office and to facilitate the practice member’s compliance with the agreed program of care.
  • What is the role of a technical CA = to support and enhance the human and clinical relationship and communication within the treatment room/s and to facilitate the practice member’s participation with the agreed program of care.
  • What is the role of a progress exam = to review the level of success of the agreed plan, to celebrate positive progress and in the case of null or negative progress to amend the understanding of the relationships and communication.
  • What is the role of an office educational process = to maximise communication, deepen relationships and to encourage and facilitate the best possible program of care.
  • What is the role of an office procedural manual = to clearly communicate the methods utilised to perfect the development of win-win relationships between team members and towards practice members.

When I teach a Torque Release Technique Program one of my intents is to improve each clinician’s ability and intuition to perceive the state of relationship and communication within each practice member’s nervous system –I like to think of it a conscious intuition… Find out more about the next TRT program at

Are you practicing 21st Century Chiropractic?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

You may have the newest web site, the latest computer front desk system, the fanciest Digital XRay Unit, and the best marketing strategy around – But are you using the most up to date Chiropractic Technique available?

TORQUE RELEASE TECHNIQUE is the first chiropractic system to be developed through a randomised, placebo controlled, scientific research project. With research published in Molecular Psychiatry, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, JMPT, JVSR, Annals Vertebral Subluxation Research and featured on a documentary by the Discovery Health Channel: 2012 is your time to learn how to adjust with Quantum Science and a Neurological Art to match your Vitalistic Philosophy.

Learn how to differentially diagnose the primary subluxation at any moment in time:

We hear at seminars that “Chiropractic Works” but in our own rooms we all struggle with how to get the best results with each individual practice member: And this is not always as simple as we (and they) would like is it? Sometimes this hunger to help can send us to obscure seminars that offer us the secret to helping that 1 in 10 patients that just don’t respond. And this may help us to get slightly better results with some patients. We do have a tendency though to think that to get better results, we need to do something different - other than adjusting that is. But here’s a thought - maybe if we did what we do best, better, then we would get consistently better results! One conclusion I have drawn through my nearly twenty three years in practice - is that the most important thing I can do for a practice member that comes to my rooms for help, is to deliver the best possible adjustment that I can. Now here’s the challenge - the best adjustment is delivered where it needs to be, when it needs to be, in the manner in which it should be - and that requires a differential diagnosis to be able to make such a decision - few technique methodologies truly provide a way of delivering this. Ask yourself this - do you have absolute confidence that the next adjustment that you deliver, is going to be THE ONE that is most needed?

See the Integrator in action – the only three-dimensional adjusting instrument to reproduce what the hands were intended to do with true inter-professional reproducibility:

I’ll be honest - I was never a huge fan of instruments - after all Chiropractic means “done by hand”! And most of the instruments I have seen in action are poor second cousins to what the human hand can offer. That was until I saw the Integrator and its technical specifications. Now I repeatedly hear that an Integrator looks just like many other silver hammers - what the Australian Doctor called “sticks that click”. But “looks like” does not mean “works like”. A chiropractic adjustment is three dimensional in correctional vectors, but all instruments I have seen are two dimensional. The Integrator delivers a super fast impulse, with or without torque, plus recoil, at the exact tonal hertz frequency required to adjust a subluxation, and with a pre-loading mechanism (you don’t fire it, it fires at a pre-determined pressure). In short the Integrator is the only adjusting instrument I have seen that surpasses the specifications of an adjustment by hand.

Experience how to tap into the mesolimbic system with every adjustment to deliver significant state of wellbeing changes:

This is the “final frontier” for chiropractic research, chiropractic science and chiropractic practice: We talk about the power and wonder of the central nervous system, and then regress into showing pictures of squashed spinal nerves in distorted intervertebral foramina. People are not that silly, the scientific and medical community is certainly not that simple, and I’m not sure why we persist with being this immature. The magic of the nervous system is happening deeper than this - at least at the dorsal horns, and all the way up into the mesolimbic system: And the magic of a chiropractic adjustment happens in the depths of the central nervous system and we are rapidly developing the art and science that maximises this effect.

Please come and join us for an intense weekend of philosophy, science and art that will truly expand your horizons, potential and outcomes…

This year’s only opportunity to participate in a Torque Release Technique Seminar and Hands-On Workshop is on Saturday and Sunday May 19 and 20 in Melbourne. Go to for a great discount offer to register early.


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:


Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

A recent survey conducted following a Torque Release Technique program has shown that TRT delivers dramatic benefits to those that attend:

  1. Chiropractors were able to use the methods taught to effectively determine the primary subluxation and how to best adjust it in 80-90% of their practice immediately upon returning to their office.
  2. When asked if TRT had been useful in practice a 9/10 rating was achieved.
  3. When asked if TRT had improved their confidence in practice a 8.5/10 rating was achieved.
  4. When asked if TRT had increased their belief in chiropractic a 9.1/10 rating was achieved.
  5. When asked if TRT had made them a better chiropractor a 8.8/10 rating was achieved.
  6. When asked if TRT had improved their clinical skills a 8.8/10 rating was achieved.

This means that what is learnt at the program is immediately useful. We’ve all been to great sounding programs that when the rubber hits the road on Monday morning and you want to offer something better with your new skills, to be honest, they turn out to be too time consuming, or too fiddly, or are only useful for a small percentage of our practice members. It’s nice to know that TRT is easy to implement and relevant to the needs of nearly every practice member.

And don’t underestimate the power of becoming a better clinician and technician when it comes to adjusting. I think sometimes we get sidetracked looking for new ancillary procedures to somehow improve our clinical outcomes - when the real truth is that we can all hone and upgrade our adjusting skills - and as a result become better Chiropractors.

After running seminar programs for 15 years, I have noticed that Chiropractors are more likely to attend a motivational, practice management seminar than they are to attend a technique program - and I believe this is partly due to this perception of spending hours in a technique class to learn something that you will never use. It’s nice to learn that there is a technique program that delivers measurable benefits immediately upon returning to practice. Sounds like a worthwhile investment with great returns to me.

But you are probably sick of hearing this from me so here is what some of the participants had to say:

  • “Great Seminar - Taught really well. Since finishing Uni, have lacked in confidence - But this technique has allowed me to be more sure of what I’m doing. Thanks!” Chloe Whiting, Australia
  • “This is a great foundation chiropractic technique. It is simple to implement and improves my efficiency at finding and adjusting subluxations. It is an enjoyable seminar.” Penelope Seuren, Australia
  • “Amazingly good seminar with excellent research based outcomes. Combines neurology and technique as an excellent presentation. I have been to many seminars but these CPD points are my most valuable!” Matthew Bailey, Australia
  • “TRT makes more sense than anything else I’ve learned in chiropractic. I want to learn more!” David Schaller, Australia
  • “It’s great. Surprised, Amazed! Thanks Nick for teaching me TRT.” Yi Ping Gu, Australia
  • “TRT is a very elegant technique which reflect its origins in the triad of the Art, Science and Philosophy of Chiropractic. I look forward to exploring it further.” Anda McMillan, Australia
  • “Thank you for the generosity and knowledge/wisdom. Other courses promise you will be able to confidently apply the technique on Monday morning. Well I beat that and took my table over to family members on Sunday night. Miracles are happening in my practice and I feel as if I am honoring the body’s innate wisdom through the checking system and finally not over-treating. THANK YOU. :-)” Clare McCardel, Australia
  • “Thank you so much for the seminar last weekend, it was Awesome!!!! I have a new passion for Chiropractic, Neurology, Outcomes and using Low Force Techniques. This has re-lit my fire within! Your passion & honesty & knowledge was appreciated throughout the seminar & this has a flow on effect.” Matthew Bailey, Australia

The lead researcher and co-developer of Torqe Release Technique, Dr Jay Holder, will be in Australia in August for a rare appearance - don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from one of the great minds in Chiropractic. Go to this link to find out more:


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: