Directional Non-Force Technique® Chiropractor

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Many people have expressed interest in understanding how DNFT works, so here’s an explanation:

Bones, discs, muscles and ligaments can go out of alignment which produces nerve interference. With DNFT, the doctor uses a leg length reflex which uses the patient’s nervous system to determine where the nerve interference is occurring. Take for example a spinal vertebra. When making the assessment, five different directions of the bone are taken into account, including tilt, rotation, laterality, tipping upwards or downwards, and forward slippage. Once the malpositions of the bone have been ascertained, the doctor uses light thumb thrusts in corrective directions.

For example, let’s say the vertebra L4 has gone out of alignment laterally, rotated forward with an upward tilt on the right. However, L5, the vertebra immediately below, is out of alignment similarly, but to the left. This produces a shearing stress on the intervertebral disc between the bones that can result in pain, micro tears, annular tears or herniation of the disc if not addressed and corrected. Getting rid of this ‘twist’ on the disc can result in the patient feeling enormous relief.

By adjusting the bones, discs, ligaments, and muscles, normal function is returned to the area. Inflammation is reduced (inflammatory chemistry can cause a chemical irritation to the nerve causing nerve pain and/or muscles to tighten), muscles relax, normal motion is restored to the joint, and the shearing, torsion and wedging forces on the disc are eliminated. This allows the body to heal.

I have been in practice almost 25 years and DNFT never ceases to amaze me. The results are incredible because I use the patient’s own nervous system, through the leg length reflex, to diagnose how the bones and soft tissue have gone out of alignment. Patients love DNFT because it is a gentle, precise way of correcting physical problems.