Owatonna Chiropractor Explains the Torque Release Technique and How It Can Help Your Depression and Anxiety
Living through the COVID pandemic has had massive impact on mental health. Anxiety and depression prevalence, incidence, and severity have all increased since 2019. Suicide in youth has also increased. With such a drastic escalation in mental health disorders It is important to discuss what can be done to help people manage their stress, depression, anxiety, and mental health concerns.
Chiropractic care has a rich history of helping people get relief from, manage effectively, and cope with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and addiction. The biological mechanism behind why chiropractic adjustments can help the mind function better is not well understood. Still, what is known is that chiropractic adjustments do have an impact on the function of various parts of the brain.
A particular technique has emerged in the 21st century that has taken the preeminence in being able to help people address mental and emotional stress. This technique is known as Torque Release Technique, and it was founded by Dr. Jay Holder while he was conducting research on addiction and reward deficiency syndrome. Torque Release Technique has been found to help with conditions like depression, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, and motor tics. One case demonstrated that Torque Release Technique over a period of 3 months had profound impacts on a young woman’s mental health, general health, and reproductive health. There are many more case studies in the literature as well as randomized clinical trials which demonstrated the effectiveness of the technique.
The basic premise of Torque Release Technique is that tension within the nervous system can cause alteration to the normal firing mechanisms of the nerves leading to disturbances with the function of the brain. These brain malfunctions are what produces chemical distortions which then manifest as mental health conditions, as well as pain syndromes. There is a clinical term which has been developed to describe the process by which the brain’s normal chemical producing physiology gets altered and predisposes the individual to serious mental health risks. This term is known as Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS).
People with RDS demonstrate a lack of the ability to produce the normal amounts of dopamine in the brain. Shortages of this chemical can result in risk seeking behaviors, depression, anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, as well as other clinical manifestations. It is hypothesized that the reduction in dopamine production is a result of abnormal signals coming into the brain from the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a continuation of the limbic system according to research that was conducted by Candace Pert. Alterations to the pressure exerted on the spinal cord, especially the dorsal horns, will alter the function of the limbic system, which is our emotional circuitry in our brain, resulting in the chemical alterations before described.
The aim of Torque Release Technique is to find the exact areas of the spinal cord which are being pressured by rotational forces. This is done using a bilateral Achilles deep tendon reflex in the prone position in conjunction with a superficial vectored force in the direction of correction of misaligned vertebrae. The test indicates that there is nerve pressure being exerted on the spinal cord when the bilateral Achilles deep tendon reflex exhibits perfectly balanced leg lengths. A precise and gentle adjustment is then delivered using a proprietary adjusting instrument known as the Integrator. The Integrator is the only FDA approved handheld adjusting instrument that can deliver 3-dimensional force while it adjusts. So, it can resolve all the components of spinal misalignment so that a better correction can be attained.
Many people have reported how much help they have received under Torque Release Technique chiropractic care. In a world where so much can go wrong it is important to have solutions which can help. Consider consulting with a chiropractor who is trained in the Torque Release Technique to see if it would be a good option in helping you manage your mental and emotional stress levels.
About the author:
Dr. Joshua Burnham understands the challenges of managing mental health disorders. He is an Owatonna chiropractor that is Advanced Proficiency Certified in the Torque Release Technique. You can contact him by reaching out to him through his office’s website.