Low Force, Network and Torque Release Technique
Low force techniques, such as Network and Torque Release Technique are a wonderful way to release tension from the spine and allow your body to heal itself with low force. Torque release technique has been practised Croydon clinic for a decade. Both techniques are known as Dural tension techniques, meaning that they are designed to take tension away from the spinal cord to allow your body to heal itself. The techniques uses an advanced system of analysis that are quite similar in origin and therefore quite similar in practicality as well. Torque Release Technique utilises leg length check that is different from the normal leg length check. The Chiropractor will look at your feet instead of your heels to assess the amount of tension that is happening in your body through that side. Since the longest nerve connection from your brain down to your achilles can be seen through your foot this technique gains assess the whole spine through a heel tension test.
Once the side of restriction has been located, the Chiropractor then needs to determine whether the problem is in your neck, occiput, pelvis or sacrum. Our Chiropractors do this is by having the patient turn their head left and right and assessing the leg length in each position. A change in leg length when the patient turns their head to the left usually means the problem is on the left side. There are circumstances where the problem can arise in the opposite side to the way the head is being turned. The Chiropractors use other tests if the problem is not in your neck to determine exactly where in the body it is coming from.
There is a bent knee test that helps the Chiropractor determine if the problem is coming from the pelvis. The other tests are challenge tests, which are done by touching an area of your spine in which the Chiropractor believes maybe the issue, and then re-checking the leg length to see if any changes were made. For example, if the Chiropractor touches the left side of your upper neck and then says that your leg length has changed, then the left side of your upper neck needs a adjustment. With Torque Release technique the Chiropractor then needs to determine the direction that the instrument should be set to in order to produce the optimal adjustment determined through the stress tests. The Chiropractor will place their hand on the same part of your upper left neck and then provided left or right turn checking each time to see the impact on leg length. Whichever direction corrects leg length is the direction that the Chiropractic instrument will be set to in order to deliver a light thrust. The Chiropractor will then check your leg length again and start the process of determining the next area that needs to be adjusted.
Our Chiropractors use a tool that is only available to those who have studied the Torque Release technique. This tool is called an Integrator. Many Chiropractors have an instrument similar to this called an Activator, however the two are very different. The Integrator provides a quick thrust at the exact same force each time with a rotational component to the thrust. The Activator has variable thrusts depending on how hard the Chiropractor pushes the instrument down. There is also no turning motion with the activator adjustment.
By having the twist with the Integrator, the Chiropractor is able to specifically target a vertebrae and also provide a rotational component to the correction. It is believed in Chiropractic Torque Release technique that this is pivotally important to the patient care.
Network Technique Treatment Options
Network technique is an even lighter form of treatment that targets places in your body that have reduced tension and attempts to put your body in a position where that area can be assessed and show your body that this is what the rest of your body shoulder feel like. The technique requires a specific analysis of the heel tension of the patient as well as looking at the posture and spine as a whole. The Chiropractor will often be looking at your breathing mechanism during this time to the term and if your body is responding well to the adjustment. The amount of pressure applied during the adjustment is roughly the same amount that you would apply comfortably to your eyeball. Once the area has been found a tissue pull across the skin is applied with the opposite hand and then the treating hand will apply a contact and a small flick. This small flick feels almost like nothing, however your body will start to change after the contact on your skin. After a period of time people having Network Technique people will start to move their own bodies in different particular ways. Patients are told to move their body in whatever way they feel the body is asking them to. For some people this is only small movements of their feet, for other people this looks like big waves of movement through their entire spine. You can see videos of this on YouTube to varying degrees.
If you are interested in learning more or want to try out one of our low force techniques like Network or Torque Release, then give us a call and we can explain on-boarding process. Basically, our Chiropractors need to assess you first to determine if this form of treatment is appropriate for you. This is done through a thorough history an examination of your entire spine.