It’s Monday July 25th, and today marks the first day I’m back to adjusting since May 31st! That was a long vacation 🙂 Just kidding. As many of you know my time away from seeing patients has been far from unproductive or vacation-like. It is with both excitement and a little trepidation that I return to the office on a regular schedule. The excitement is because I love what I do and have missed all of you. The trepidation is because my wrist is not quite up to doing things the way I used to. With that in mind I wanted to give you an explanation, or preview, of what will be different when you come into see me.
I took a whirlwind trip to the lower 48 over the past weekend to get trained in a technique known as Torque Release Technique (TRT). It’s an approach to adjusting that I’ve been fascinated by since I wrote up a case study in chiropractic school (see picture, it was later published and discussed at the seminar I attended this weekend) that utilized TRT. The technique also happens to be a little friendlier to my wrists and body than the adjusting I have been doing up to this point. As I discovered this weekend, it’s also not just a technique, but an entire approach the spine and nervous system to know exactly where to adjust. It is also even more grounded in current research and science than the other techniques I am proficient in are.
So what does this mean to you? Without launching into scientific explanations and large words (which I’m always happy to get into one on one if you’d like), here’s what you need to know about what’s going to be different when you come in.
- The table: a new TRT table should be arriving hopefully within the next week. It’s taller than our other tables, and designed specifically to give me the most accurate position for leg check analysis.
- I’ll ask you to keep your shoes on, and preferably to not wear shoes of the easy slip on/off (as in no flip flops or crocs). They don’t have to be sneakers, just a shoe that won’t come off easily. We’ll also have to figure out a plan for this when winter returns.
- There will be a lot more directions than normal, due to a more reliable (and slightly more extensive) leg check process to figure out exactly what needs to be adjusted.
- I won’t adjust more than three things on any given visit. There’s a good reason for this: as you all know I’ve always had a less is more mentality when it comes to adjusting. TRT is very specific in finding exactly what needs to be adjusted (even more so than I have been in the past). By adjusting only the primary subluxations (bones that have moved out of position and are interfering with your nervous system), it actually allows your body to heal more quickly and hold your adjustments longer. No one should mind needing to see us less often!
- You may overhear me muttering to myself or quickly referring to my notes for the first few weeks. Whereas previous techniques I have utilized in the office consist of two of three indicators for what to adjust and when, TRT has 15! That’s a lot to remember, and it will take me a little time to have them all fully sink in.
- Your adjustment may take a few minutes longer for the first month as I get used to a new protocol and style of doing things. I also may save talking for before and after so I don’t get too lost in my 15 step differential diagnosis!
- You can expect that the quality of your care will be even better than before i got injured. While my wrist injury necessitated learning this technique and protocol sooner than I was planning, it was always in my plans to “upgrade” our approach to chiropractic and the spine. As many of you know, I’m a research and science nut. From everything I’ve read and seen TRT is designed and based off of the newest and latest understanding of biomechanics, functional neurology, chiropractic, and the process of holding or losing an adjustment.
- Part of my analysis involves checking to see which way the bone wants to move with a pressure test. This will be somewhat different from what you’ve experienced in the office before, but only as an added step between lying on the table and actually getting adjusted. I will as always walk your through what I am going to do before I do it.
- I will primarily be adjusting with an instrument called the integrator. It looks very similar to the activator, but is a completely different animal. The force is different (and adjustable), it fires faster, and can do directional torque mimicking how we adjust with our hands. I will still be hands on when and if I feel there’s a need, but in the interest of staying in practice for years to come I won’t be as hands on as I used to be.
- It may feel very different to be adjusted this way the first couple of times. Give it a chance! As far as I know I am the only chiropractor utilizing this technique in Fairbanks, and it holds a lot of clout as being a positive change for those who experience it.
In short, I am looking forward to seeing you all again and continuing to give you the best care possible. So give us a call and come on in to get your spine checked in a completely new way!