Torque Release Technique
Torque release technique is a little-known but highly effective chiropractic treatment technique that is unique in its ability to directly treat the root causes of back pain. This technique is one of the key components of Dr. Noble’s practice, and it helps patients heal in the long term and stay pain-free for years to come.
So what makes the Torque Release Technique so special, and how can it be more effective than other methods of chiropractic treatment?
The Body As An Electrical Circuit
Most people tend to think of spinal injury (i.e. back pain) only as a mechanical problem, in which the misalignment of vertebrae and discs from a physical injury inhibits the body’s ability to move and function properly. This understanding isn’t necessarily incorrect, as physical changes in the spine and the alignment of each section do cause lasting physical pain, and this imbalance must be corrected in order for the body to work as intended.
However, what’s often missed about the nature of spinal injury is the role played by the body’s central nervous system: the sophisticated network of electrical circuits that control our ability to move and function, sending and receiving impulses from the brain that tell our muscles and organs what to do and when.
The physical movement or displacement of spinal discs from a spinal injury does more than just damage the nerve and muscle tissue in the surrounding area. One of the biggest effects of this adjustment is that it also disrupts the natural flow electricity up and down your spine, both in the affected area and anywhere else that may rely on electrical impulses passing through that part of the spine – making it more difficult for your brain and spine to communicate with other parts of your body. This especially affects your muscles, which rely on this input to function properly and respond to your brain’s direction.
Muscles that receive reduced input from the nervous system naturally contract, and this is what causes the pain we feel from a back or other spine injury. You may not realize it, but the soreness you’re feeling in your leg, shoulder, or neck may be caused by an injury in a totally different place- the area of the spine that is out of alignment, causing inflammation in the surrounding area and impeding the flow of electricity from your brain and spine to that part of your body.
How Torque Release Therapy Works
Torque Release Therapy is intended to diagnose and treat these electrical imbalances in the spine, allowing the body to more effectively self-heal and return to its balanced natural state.
Even though the human body does naturally heal itself, the imbalances in your nervous system caused by back injury won’t go away over time if they’re left alone. The body simply readjusts itself to function in spite of the mismatch, compensating for the imbalance by adjusting the flow of electricity in the opposite direction. This is why we don’t “heal” from such an injury automatically – the body gets used to operating that way, allowing your body and muscles to function, but not adjusting the source of the pain or correcting the imbalance that’s causing it.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.
Will adjustments make my spine too loose?No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. The occasional spinal joints that move too much, are passed over so weakened muscles and ligaments can stabilize and heal.
How many adjustments will I need?The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals. Many patients sense some progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits are less often as your spine stabilizes. In difficult cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
Why would a newborn get adjusted?Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Colic, unusual crying, poor appetite or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Adjustments are gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust, no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato is involved.
Can I adjust myself?No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment! Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.
What does an adjustment feel like?Most patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Since repeated adjustments are necessary, if adjustments didn’t feel good, patients wouldn’t return to finish their care. Chiropractors are experts at making adjustments feel good.
Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and spinal problem.
Isn’t some back pain normal?Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn’t right. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.
Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. However, surgery may produce compensation reactions either above or below the involved level. If necessary, these other areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.