Modern Chiropractic

"The Doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." (Thomas Edison)

21st Century Chiropractic

The aim of this page is to take you through a full explanation of how the methods we offer can help you achieve the levels of health you have always desired. We will also discuss the research and evidence that supports the positive results you can hope for, some analogies to help illustrate how the techniques work, answers to some of the most common questions, and what you can expect to happen.

The method of adjustment that we use is known as Torque Release Technique. In chiropractic language this is known as a “low-force”, “neurologically-based”, “tonal”, “subluxation-centred” assessment and adjusting technique. We may still occasionally add-on some other techniques if and when your progress indicates that they might be needed.

The methods we are offering have firm foundations in science:

  1. Anatomy and an understanding of the amazing structure of the spinal column, spinal cord and central nervous system.
  2. Physiology and cutting edge knowledge of the chemical reactions and processes that occur in your nervous system and how these keep your body working (or not).
  3. Biochemistry and how the chemical reactions in the nervous system change the chemical reactions in the rest of the body; and how a chiropractic adjustment acts as a catalyst for healthier body chemistry.
  4. Neurology and how the nervous system is the master controlling system of all other body systems: How chiropractic is capable of improving communication between mind and body.
  5. The revolutionary science of Psychoneuroimmunology and how the mysterious relationships between emotional state, the immune system and physical function are being unraveled (The Mind-Body connection).
  6. Clinical science through the review and refinement of the “best of the best” chiropractic techniques, culminating in the modern style of chiropractic we offer.
  7. Evidence-based health care and how the effects of these new techniques are being measured and proven.

Our Chiropractic Vision

That everyone will come to experience and understand the benefits of a “Chiropractic Lifestyle” – The feelings of health and wellbeing received from regular adjustments and the empowerment to make wise health care decisions.

Torque Release Technique

Chiropractic is not just about bad backs.

Spinal Subluxations can best be described as specific sites of spinal malfunction leading to irritation of the body’s central computer, the nervous system. The end result of this is separation from wholeness and an inability to experience wellbeing.

Only “vertebrates” have an opiate receptor Brain Reward Cascade chemical mechanism which allows them to experience a state of wellbeing.

In simpler terms, there is a series of chemical reactions that occur in your nervous system, which when working properly resulting in you thinking “I FEEL GOOD, LIKE YOU KNOW THAT I SHOULD NOW…”

The common denominator is the spine and the spinal cord.

If the spine is allowed to express itself without interference (free of subluxations) the person can express full potential: If the nervous system “feels good”, then usually the rest of the body “works well”.

Research published in one of the most respected psychiatry journals showed dramatically increased success in reducing anxiety and depression levels, and improved measurements of wellbeing, when Torque Release Technique (“TRT”) Chiropractic Adjustments were received.

TRT is the most up-to-date chiropractic technique available. It has been designed as part of scientific research into the health benefits of chiropractic. As such it is a mixture of the ”best-of-the-best” systems of chiropractic assessment and treatment.

TRT helps to locate and reduce Subluxations.

What is involved with a TRT Adjustment?

We will be checking your spinal column for areas where the nervous system is being damaged by Subluxation and will deliver an adjustment using the Integrator instrument: This sounds like a staple gun and will feel like a quick impulse into the muscles of your spinal column.

This reproduces what the hands were intended to do with much more specificity and less force than ever possible by hand. The advantage of the Integrator is that it can deliver a specific frequency into the nerve endings of the spinal column, exactly where nerve function has become “facilitated” (irritated).

A jump start for your body’s electrical system.

As such this is not so much a technique to manually stretch or realign your body. It is a technique to stimulate your nervous system in such a way that it will release and reduce tension, assisting your body to self-correct; healing quickly and naturally.

The Integrator

The Integrator instrument was purpose designed and built to reproduce what the hands intend to achieve during an adjustment. Originally it was manufactured for use in research only, but the dramatic advantages and benefits achieved when the results were measured lead to overwhelming demand for its use in private practice.

The features that make an Integrator adjustment something special and powerful are:

  1. PRECISE: When using an Integrator we can pinpoint the exact point on the spine that requires adjustment of nerve function.
  2. SPECIFIC: The force, frequency of energy, torque, speed and thrust provided by the Integrator have all been tailor-made to deliver the perfect amount of energy to help normalize nerve function.
  3. GENTLE: An Integrator adjustment can be delivered with the spine in a perfectly relaxed position with a controlled amount of force.
  4. FAST: The incredibly fast but shallow impulse is one of the secrets to the effectiveness of this adjustment while being so gentle
  5. RECOIL: Another of the secret ingredients built into the Integrator is recoil. This bounce in the impulse increases the body’s response.
  6. TORQUE: Subatomic particles, atoms, muscles, and human bodies move in three dimensions. The three-dimensional impulse of the Integrator maximizes the effectiveness on the human body.
  7. EFFECTIVE: The benefits of Integrator adjustments have been measured by scientific research and this research has been published in major peer-reviewed medical journals.
  8. RELIABLE: The way that the Integrator delivers an adjustment is very consistent and reliable so that the right amount of force and energy is transmitted on each and every adjustment.
  9. CONSISTENT: The systems that are used in TRT and the features of the Integrator are very standardized which means that several practitioners using the same method can deliver the same results and experience.
  10. RECOGNIZED: The Integrator is patented for the correction of Subluxations, is registered with an FDA 510k, and holds a CE license and TGA approval.

Tuning your nervous system

Have you ever watched a good guitarist tuning his guitar? He picks up his instrument, and starts to play. Then he screws up his nose because he hears a bad note (that no-one else heard). Next thing you know he has stopped playing and is crouched down listening intently to one string as he gently and gradually adjusts the tuning peg. Then he carries on as if nothing happened. If you’ve seen a guitarist lately, you may even have noticed him pull out a little electric gizmo that he plugs his guitar into, which actually tells him when he’s found the right note!

So, what is he doing while he is winding or unwinding that small peg on the end of the guitar string? The amount of tension in the guitar string determines the note and hence the tune that plays when you pluck the string.

The skill of the musician is to be able to tune the guitar to make a beautiful noise.

Now try to imagine a funny looking guitar: This one has pegs at both ends of the string, so that you could change the tension in the string from either end of the guitar. There is also an extra peg right at the tip of the neck of the guitar which can also change the tension of all the strings.

What we have just described to you is an analogy for the relationship between your spinal column and your spinal cord. The “pegs” on the guitar are represented by small ligaments which actually hang the spinal cord within the spinal canal. These ligaments are few in number, and only attach between specific vertebrae, and corresponding sections of the spinal cord (central nervous system).

When a specific command travels down the spinal cord from the brain to the body, or when sensory information is being transmitted back up the spinal cord to the brain; there is a “flash of electricity” that carries the messages. Quick body responses and sensory perceptions result.

At the same time though, there is also a low-grade “wave” of radio frequency traveling up and down your spinal cord that determines the “mood” or “tone” of your central nervous system.

This affects your level of consciousness and awareness, your mood, and the slower metabolic and hormonal functions of your body.

Adjustments aim to remove any blockages to the fast acting messages traveling up and down the spinal cord; and at the same time rebalance the overall frequency at which the nervous system is operating.

Scientifically speaking, your spinal cord is a thick string of piezoelectric gel (electricity conducting jelly). The frequency it is working at is determined by the amount of tension and/or torsion being placed at either end of the “string”. Just like the guitar string, the tightness of the cord determines the tune that is being played.

TRT differs from many of the other chiropractic techniques in that it focuses a lot of attention to the “tuning pegs”: The strategic and vital connection points between the spinal cord and spinal column. As we gently and methodically adjust these areas of your “guitar string” (spinal cord), we are changing the degree of tension in the central nervous system in an effort to change the notes that result.

Hence, the skill of the Chiropractor is to be able to tune your spinal cord to find some more beautiful notes. That is; a better level of tension.

When many people get up straight after an adjustment, they comment on how their vision seems clearer, the light or view seems sharper, their head feels lighter, there body feels looser etc. These are all reflections of your central nervous system now operating at a better frequency. The Integrator is the high-tech tool that we use to tune your nervous system.


If you are developing problems in your back bone, you may be developing more than neck and back pain, bodily aches and pains, and headaches: you may also be developing internal health problems.

By correcting the back problems not only will your neck and back pains improve, your general health should also improve.

The emotional connection

Science is beginning to discover the physical and chemical connections between emotional state and physical condition. There have now been dozens of chemicals isolated which are known as Neuropeptides. These are small protein chemicals that act in the Nervous System as transmitters of information. But we are not just talking about knowledge, we are talking about feelings. Depending on what “soup” of these tiny hormones is running around inside of you right now pretty much reflects what you are feeling emotionally.

Most of us would guess that these neuropeptides (things like endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine, opiates to name a few) “live” in our brain. Our culture has restricted the concept of emotions to never venture south of the skull. Now here’s the really fascinating thing. Heaps of these chemicals actually live in your spinal cord, and some even can be found around the tiny cells all over and inside your body. What this effectively means is that when you “feel” an emotion, your entire body is feeling it!

In terms of chiropractic, the spinal cord is the switchboard for the transmission of these chemicals and hence the communication-centre of emotion and feeling.

This has three important implications:

  1. Your emotions can play havoc with what is happening in your spine. Next time your back goes out and you can’t think of a single thing you did “physically” which could have caused you to tie up in knots: Think about what has been happening emotionally in your life and you may well find your cause.
  2. Your spine can play havoc with your emotions: Over the years we have seen lots of people suffering with what are loosely termed, “chronic pain syndromes”. Some of these people initially suffered a physical injury. Before that point/period of time they were emotionally “well-adjusted”. Now they are depressed or emotionally volatile, plus suffering with any number of other “mental” problems. They are shunted from doctor to doctor and put on antidepressants (and stronger pills), and told that their pain and depression is “all in their mind”. Nonsense! There physical malfunction has damaged their “brain reward cascade” and is limiting their ability to have any normal emotional ”chemical reactions”. Until their “therapy” includes the spine, they will not see long-term improvements. On a less dramatic level, if your spine is “out of whack”, there is a chance your emotions will be “out of whack” too. If you’re grumpy, ask yourself how long has it been since you had an adjustment before analyzing what you’re worrying about.
  3. Occasionally when we start to adjust your spine, you may experience some changes in your emotions. Usually positive ones, but sometimes as you start to peel back through layers of tension in your spine and spinal cord, these levels of tension can trip off memories and emotions attached to the point in time when you first arrived at that level of tension. If you are feeling like your mind is in a state of upheaval, let us know, as this may be due to these “memories” being rekindled. (Sometimes this may mean past unresolved issues may need some additional support.)

Bottom line: If your spine is getting tight – your “nerves” will be getting tense. If your emotions are getting strung-out – your spine will be winding up. When we release your spine – your emotions will relax. When you unwind your mind – your spine will release.

What about my … PAIN?

Pain is a reliable sign that there is something significantly wrong in your body: You might say that pain is your body screaming at you to stop hurting it! (Even if you don’t know what it is you’ve been doing to abuse it?)

Pain is not always a reliable sign of what is wrong, how much something is wrong, or where something is wrong.

Someone having a heart attack can have a mild pain in their arm; another with liver problems can get an ache in their shoulder blade; a kidney infection can produce a dull low back ache. Many cancers can be totally symptom free until they are life threatening. Similarly a headache can come from the upper part of the neck; pains in the shoulders and arms can radiate from the lower neck or upper back; chest and abdominal pain can be referred from the mid spine; buttock, hip and leg soreness can spread from the low back. These are all examples of referred pain.

And, more detailed understanding of the nervous system reveals that tension in one part of the spinal system can transfer tension to another part of the spine. In other words you may be feeling soreness in your low back, but the actual source of the tension leading to that pain could even be in your neck!

And, you can have Subluxations that are serious, but symptom free.

The good news is that TRT is a system that aims to detect and direct your Chiropractor to the source of spinal tension, and the adjustments are focused to reduce this cause of your problems.

This has an important application: We won’t always adjust you or treat you where you are feeling your pain. This doesn’t mean we don’t care about your pain or are not interested in relieving your pain. It just means we are looking at your body from a more holistic perspective.

Many clients are fascinated by how seemingly remote and unconnected aches and pains can mysteriously disappear once they start receiving TRT.

Try to assess your progress by more than just how much pain you have: How well are you moving, carrying out daily activities, sleeping, relating to others, feeling emotionally, energy levels changing? LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.

Super Immunity

Research scientifically measuring a variety of immune system activities has consistently shown that Chiropractic adjustments improve immune function. As such there are three important things to know:

  1. If you have an infection; don’t cancel your appointment: Many clients are pleasantly surprised when their recovery is significantly improved and accelerated after an adjustment.
  2. If you develop an infection in between check-ups then bring your appointment forward to benefit from an immune kick-start.
  3. If you have only recently started under chiropractic care and develop signs of an infection; try to avoid taking relieving drugs or antibiotics where possible and keep up your initial series of adjustments. This immune reaction may actually be a sign of your immune system being reawakened.

What's killing you?

If you study the risk factors for any fatal illness like heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes; you will see “STRESS” at the top of the list. Even if you consider less life threatening illnesses such as headaches, migraines, digestive problems, neck, shoulder and back aches, general fatigue, and poor general health: Guess what’s at the top of the list of causative factors? STRESS!

But, here’s a challenging thought: Stress cannot cause your body to become sick. And the type of stress you struggle with doesn’t determine the type of sickness you will get.

The founder of Chiropractic, D.D.Palmer, way back in the late 19th century, observed that you could put two similar looking people in the same stressful situation, and one would thrive, while the other became sick. The difference was not the stress: The difference was in how each person responded to the stress. How their individual engineering either utilized the stress for positive, or for negative consequences.

This difference exists in your nervous system: If your nervous system is able to effectively dissipate the stresses that it is exposed to it will allow your body the flexibility to thrive in the circumstances; regardless of whether the stress is physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or chemical. If your nervous system stores and even amplifies the stress, then your body will progress towards overload – BLOWN FUSES – DIS-EASE – AND ULTIMATELY SICKNESS.

One of the earliest signs of a body that is storing too much stress is commonly known as TENSION. From a chiropractic point of view we see this tension building up and focusing itself in the spinal column, the home of the central nervous system. We call these localized blown fuses SUBLUXATIONS.

What will the build-up of tension and the development of spinal subluxations do to you?

  • Makes your motor nervous system too tight and stiff – More likely to ache and strain muscles.
  • Makes your autonomic nervous system malfunction – More susceptible to being “tied up in knots” internally – immune, circulatory, hormonal and/or digestive problems.
  • Fatigues your central nervous system – More likely to be “sick and tired of feeling sick and tired”.
  • Makes you stiffer – More likely to “put your back out” and sprain ligaments.
  • Makes you imbalanced – Poor posture, coordination and alignment.
  • Physical tension – Leads to emotional tension – Leads to physical tension.

This is one of the reasons why we have found the improvements in chiropractic methods to be such a fantastic evolution in chiropractic practice. We now appear to be able to reduce the build-up of tension in the spine and nervous system more noticeably than ever before, reducing the effects of tension on the entire body.

What should I be doing and feeling during an Adjustment?

Here is what you should be focusing on during an adjustment to maximize your body’s response and improvement:

  1. Focus your awareness on the area of the spine where your Chiropractor has adjusted with the Integrator. Passively observe any spontaneous movements or sensations in that area or elsewhere.
  2. If you sense any gentle movements of your head, neck, arms or legs; don’t be afraid to slightly accentuate and increase the stretch that they are creating in that area.
  3. Quietly take notice of any changes in your body’s sense of tension.
  4. Work towards developing a breath that produces a wave-like sensation moving up and down your spine, by starting your breath in low down in your abdomen and then filling your breath gradually upwards till it fills to the top of your chest.
  5. Try to increase and accentuate the depth of your breath into the area where you have been adjusted while keeping your breath slow, rolling and easy.
  6. Enjoy any other “nerve” sensations such as areas of warmth, tingling, twitches, or shooting sensations (not pain).


Getting "FIT"

Q: How many fitness workouts does it take to “get fit”?

A: More than one, probably more than six, and probably more than you would have liked! The total number required will depend on just how fit you want to be.

Many of us feel an increased sense of wellbeing and relaxation after doing some exercise.

Some of us initially regret having taken up a new workout due to the resultant stiff and sore spots we never knew we had. But the bottom line when talking about actually making permanent positive changes to our fitness and long-term health is that we need to develop a schedule and keep up regular workouts to maximize the cumulative benefits. Most experts agree that two to three workouts per week is essential to achieve good levels of aerobic performance.

This same principle can be applied to the type of schedule we would recommend for you to get the best possible results from Chiropractic care.

Sure some people receive enough “relief” from one adjustment to keep them going for a while. But just how “fit” do you deserve to be? We know from the research into the modern forms of treatment that we provide that the best results occur with regular ongoing adjustments.

How regular? The similarities with the fitness analogy continue. Just as two to three “workouts” a week in the gym will get the quickest results, two to three “workouts” a week at the Chiropractors will see the most dramatic changes.

Thankfully, here’s where the analogy breaks down. While you need to continue to exercise two to three times a week for the rest of your life, Chiropractic care is not so unforgiving. As you continue to enjoy improvements from our care, the regularity of treatment spreads to once weekly, once fortnightly, and maybe even to once monthly. That is, if your intention is to stay as healthy and vigorous as possible for all of your remaining years.

Frequently asked questions

“I didn’t feel like much happened!”

That’s OK: These techniques activate immediate AND delayed reactions in your nervous system. Some people will feel dramatic changes happening in their body straight away, others will need to be patient while the delayed reactions kick in and gradual healing occurs.

“I pulled up a bit sore!”

Some people can experience mild to moderate soreness when they first start receiving this type of adjustment (as they can with any form of physical therapy). This is because inactive muscles, nerves and/or soft-tissues will have been stimulated. Some Chiropractors describe this as a cleansing process, others as a stretching of restricted tissues. Some experts have explained this as a retracing process where the body has to work backwards through old injuries.

“Will I need other types of physical therapy as well?”

Massage is designed to stretch, relax and stimulate blood flow in tight and contracted muscles and other soft-tissues. “Manual” adjustments (cracking joints) are designed to free stiff or stuck joints. That is the “therapist” is doing the work to you. The intended result of these newer techniques is to reprogram your body to start releasing and dissipating stored tension. As such they are steering your body to release, relax and realign itself. In this sense these new techniques replace many other methods.

“You don’t seem to be “doing” much to me during an adjustment?”

These techniques are focused on helping your body to better look after itself: Research has helped to refine and focus the treatment to get more results from less intervention. In a sense we do as little as possible to get your own body to do as much as possible.

“You seem to be doing a lot to my feet?”

TRT uses assessments called the leg check and pressure test to help determine where in the spine the nervous system is being irritated. Based on patterns of contraction and imbalance in one leg compared to the other, and by applying pressure to strategic points on the spinal column we can locate exactly where your spine needs to be adjusted – The Primary Subluxation. The pattern and degree of tension in your central nervous system is “mirrored” by patterns of muscle tension and imbalance in your hips and legs. (Similar to a Doctor measuring your blood pressure in your arm to tell what is happening in your heart.)

“How can you realign my spine without doing the manual adjustment?”

Because these methods work with neurological reflexes: By releasing the tension in the nervous system, the muscles around the spine will relax, releasing the restriction in the joints, and allowing the spine to realign itself.

“Is this type of treatment slower to work than others?”

Some people think that because this mode of treatment activates self-healing it will take a long time. The speed with which your body responds to this technique has more to do with how severe your problem is, how long it has been there, what sort of physical condition you are in, and how receptive you are. Some people experience seemingly miraculous improvement in a very short space of time, while others will go through a more gradual and steady healing process.

“Is this treatment any good for kids?”

These methods are ideally suited to adjusting children, and many kids prefer this style of adjustment: Discussion with our colleagues who have introduced these techniques have revealed repeated success stories with many and varied childhood health issues: Ear infections and asthma, ADHD and autism, colic and reflux, sleeping disorders and bedwetting, to name a few.

How do I know if I'm getting better?

  • You will start to feel the difference in your sense of tension, sense of wellbeing, stress, pain, and energy levels, sleep patterns etc. That is YOU WILL TELL US.
  • Some Chiropractors use objective questionnaires that you can complete periodically to monitor your progress. That is ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS WILL TELL US.
  • You will gradually notice more of the physical responses and changes in your body during an adjustment. That is, YOUR BODY WILL TELL US.
  • The spinal assessments that you received prior to starting care will be performed again at an agreed time. That is THE MEASUREMENTS WILL TELL US.

Who visits Chiropractors?

People of all ages consult Chiropractors for many and varied problems as well as back pain.

Many parents bring their new born infants, rapidly growing toddlers, accident prone children and hectic teenagers for regular spinal check-ups. People with neck, back, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, muscular and sporting injuries can all be seen visiting chiropractic practices.

Surprising to many people are some of the other ailments Chiropractor's have been able to assist: Poor sleep, colic, bedwetting, allergies and asthma, ear infections, hayfever and sinusitis, headaches and migraines, indigestion, menstrual problems, infertility, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, ADHD and addictions, multiple sclerosis and parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, sciatica and neuralgia are among the many problems which have been found to respond to spinal care.

A consultation with the chiropractor will detect whether a program of adjustments may help in these cases.

People also come for different reasons or with different goals in mind. Some people are purely interested in pain relief and will visit for a minimal number of treatments, only to return with a future injury. Others are also interested in fully correcting and rehabilitating their injury: This involves ongoing adjustments plus participation in exercises, lifestyle modification and education. Many people upon completing corrective management also wish to continue with preventative programs, which include regular ongoing chiropractic 'tune-ups'.

All clients are encouraged to participate in education, to help them to become more proactive in their health care.

Many clients appreciate the value of chiropractic care as part of a balanced wellness program, and enjoy the feelings of health and wellbeing received from regular adjustments.


Wo/man is a three layered being: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual. If you invest in improvements to one of the layers, then you automatically and simultaneously change the other layers. Dare we say that when people get adjusted regularly, they actually have an increased capacity to enjoy a better emotional and spiritual life?

However, this does not mean you can make your spiritual experience the best it can be, by just spending time and money on your physical wellbeing.

If you are imbalanced in the priorities of which layers you are caring for, then you will reap imbalance. If you are super-fit and eat an organic diet, but ignore all the important relationships in your life (your spirituality), and you are suffering with feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, grief, guilt, bitterness and some resultant physical illnesses. Then don’t sign up for another gym session – Get your spiritual life sorted out.

If you go to church all the time but live on a diet of junk-food and don’t take care of the physical “vehicle” that you are traveling in: Then sooner or later you are going to look like an old bomb that belongs in the tip. And you may even wonder why your emotional walk is not as full of blessings as you would expect. Try to treat your body more like the temple it is supposed to be.

If you aren’t nurturing your state of mind with lots of good “brain-food” then don’t be surprised that you have high blood pressure from the stress and anger you are storing. Cancer has been linked to chronic lack of resolution of past emotional “hurts” and mistakes. And you may wonder why God doesn’t seem to be smiling on you. Sometimes people aren’t sick because of what they are eating – They are sick from what is eating them: The solution? Feed your mind with good positive stuff.

Even though we know that if you join us in a “Chiropractic Lifestyle” that you will enjoy globally improved health and wellbeing. It is also our mission to empower you to make wise choices in each of the domains of a balanced life.

Our Philosophy

  • That a God-given design feature of your body is that it is regenerating, replenishing and healing itself every minute of your life.
  • That these healing and renewing processes are coordinated by your Nervous System.
  • That normal function of your Nervous System is dependent upon normal function of your Spinal Column.
  • That physical, chemical, emotional and spiritual stresses on your body lead to overload – eventually resulting in illness.
  • That one of these results is the gradual stiffening and misaligning of your Spinal Column called SUBLUXATION.
  • That Chiropractic Adjustments help improve spinal function by reducing Subluxations.
  • That Chiropractic Adjustments help to optimize nervous system function.


Taking the pain out of health care

Imagine. A health care practice where the practitioner and the staff really care about you, take the time to listen to your concerns, and explain things in simple terms. A health care choice that is safe, natural, and drug-free. The most common “side-effect” is that your overall health and wellbeing will improve too! And, even though the practitioners have done all the scientific and clinical studies of a five-year university masters degree, they still have a human hands-on approach.

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