Torque Release Technique is a chiropractic technique developed by Dr. Jay M. Holder. In 1910, D. D. Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic, wrote, "Life is an expression of tone. Tone is the normal degree of nerve tension. Tone is expressed in function by normal elasticity, strength, and excitability . . . the cause of disease is any variation in tone." Tonal approaches tend to view the spine and nervous system as a functional unit. Tonal approaches emphasize the importance of functional outcomes, and acknowledge that clinical objectives may be achieved using a variety of adjusting methods. Examples of tonal approaches include Network Spinal Analysis and Torque-release Technique. The science of Chiropractic entered into it's second century of practice in 1995 and Torque Release Technique a result of efforts in the field to produce and develop models of treatment and clinical strategies which result in more predictable and more efficient theraputic practices, without limiting the practitioner's flexibility. This flexibility is one of the strengths of the science of Chiropractic. The information here presented about Torque Release Technique may be found in the archives of the The Chiropractic Journal, a publication of the World Chiropractic Alliance.
Torque Release Technique is based on the understanding that all chiropractic techniques work. All first-century chiropractic techniques are linear and mechanistic with few embracing a tonal model, says Dr. Holder. Torque Release Technique is a subluxation based, non-linear, vitalistic, tonal model that can be adapted to any first-century chiropractic technique as a 'computer upgrade.' The advantages to upgrading any first-century full-spine or upper cervical chiropractic technique through such a model are limitless. However, the main advantages include increasing treatment outcomes, patient satisfaction and prevention of 'patient plateau'.
Torque Release Technique incorporates the "Brain Reward Cascade," a mainstream scientific model of how neurophysiological mechanisms express a state of well-being. According to this model, a subluxation-free spine is essential to the expression of one's greatest potential. If subluxated, Reward Deficiency Syndrome 'RDS) occurs. Combined together, Dr. Holder's research on RDS and the Brain Reward Cascade establish the first scientific model of the subluxation's role in state of well-being and human potential to stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Dr. Holder teaches that "The nervous system records and memorizes everything it perceives, thereby requiring the Brain Reward Cascade system and the dorsal horns of the spinal cord to demand randomized 'non-linear) time sequence adjusting priorities. The nature of the nervous system's tissue as a piezo-electric gel establishes the Tonal model of chiropractic. This, as well as many other nervous system components, teach us that non-linear 'randomized) time sequence adjusting priorities are mandatory to any chiropractic technique protocol.
His involvement in the research and development of RDS and the Brain Reward Cascade led Holder to develop the Torque Release Technique, which uses the Integrator, a specially designed hand-held, torque and recoil adjusting instrument that produces the classic toggle recoil thrust that the chiropractor's hands are intended to deliver. The contact tip of the Integrator is a matched human pisiform both in shape, size and durometer.
According to Holder, the Integrator "automatically discharges the adjustment thrust when a predetermined contact pressure on the instrument's pisiform tip is reached, allowing for true inter professional reproducibility at 1/10,000th of a second, and at a specific hertz 'Hz' frequency signaling the chiropractor that a specific adjustment has been delivered." The Integrator is the only hand held chiropractic adjusting instrument with adjustable left and right torque vectors and axial vector capability as well as recoil and true adjustment of force available today.
The Integrator was developed in order to achieve reproducibility in delivering true Toggle Recoil adjustments during a research study designed by Robert Duncan, Ph. D., bio-statistician, at the University of Miami School of Medicine, together with the Holder Research Institute.
Torque Release Technique can be performed without the Integrator, allowing the chiropractor to adjust by hand if desired. Further, Torque Release Technique is not X-ray dependent, although significant changes are manifest when comparing pre and post films.
The technique has won praise from numerous chiropractic researchers, educators and clinicians, as well as having its research published in the world's most prestigious mainstre`am scientific journals to date. It was the release of this research that led to the first and only positive documentary on chiropractic to be produced and aired on a national/international television network by the Discovery Channel.
Robin C. Hyman, D.C., author of "Thompson Technique" and "AK and Subluxation Analysis" and former professor of technique, Parker College of Chiropractic, stated, "The Torque Release Technique is a dynamic system of analysis and adjustment. Synthesizing and encompassing the 'best of the best' within many of the great chiropractic techniques of our profession, Torque Release Technique becomes a welcomed, philosophical and scientifically based addition of subluxation-based chiropractic technique for the next 100 years of chiropractic."
Christopher Kent, D.C., president of the Council on Chiropractic Practice and member of the WCA Board of Directors said that Torque Release Technique "represents a tonal approach to the correction of vertebral subluxations," and Wayne Menkus, D.C., C.Ad., former chairman of Life University's Dept. of Physiology called the Torque Release Technique program "a viable and successful treatment solution."