This article on the tonal and instrument-based technique Torque Release Technique® is based on an interview with Dr. Jay Holder. It is part of a collection of articles on different techniques in the Art of Chiropractic. Please find additional articles on the Art of Chiropractic on our website at lifewest.edu/magazine under the category “Vitalism” in the coming weeks.
Jay Holder, DC
- Creator of Torque Release Technique® (TRT)
The Torque Release Technique uses a hand-held adjusting instrument called the Integrator™ to deliver low-force toggle recoil thrusts. Dr. Holder developed the tool and subsequent adjusting technique at the beginning of what he calls the second century of chiropractic, the 100th birthday of the original chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer. The Integrator is a tonal instrument that allows a harmonic frequency to manifest. It is the first chiropractic instrument to be approved by the FDA.
What’s happening now?
The methodology of TRT is based on published research, Dr. Holder says, adding: “TRT is always changing and being upgraded based on new incoming research.”
“What’s very different and specific about TRT is that Torque Release requires the chiropractor to assess the many subluxations present at any moment, and to rule out the secondary or tertiary subluxations and only adjust the primary subluxation,” Dr. Holder said.
TRT practitioners also use leg-checks differently. Rather than looking at functional leg-length inequality, TRT chiropractors use the Achilles deep tendon reflex with the patient in the prone position as an objective neurological exam to diagnose the primary subluxation.
Any changes in TRT and its direction will be dictated by ongoing research, Dr. Holder said, but the underlying model and philosophy of TRT will remain the same, as a non-linear tonal model.
“The mission that TRT has maintained, the purpose of adjusting subluxation, is Salutogenic — to improve the state of well-being and human potential in patients. In aegis with chiropractic, Torque Release doesn’t treat a condition, disease or symptom, thus only proposes that in adjusting a subluxation, we can improve the patient’s state of well-being and human potential. That’s the only product that is sought by using TRT.”
He added that the product of adjusting any subluxation is Salutogenic, which is a model of wellness and is directly opposed to the Pathogenic model, or disease-based health care.