…and it all started in Iowa!
by Linda Thieman, Sioux City
The founding of chiropractic as a healing art has almost taken on the proportions of legend or myth. According to Daniel David Palmer, the late founder of chiropractic, this combination of art and science originated in 1895. Palmer had encountered a janitor who had been deaf for 17 years, claiming that the deafness had started when something in his back popped out. Already a proponent of natural healing and the science connected with it, Palmer explained his theory of spinal alignment to the janitor and was allowed to do an adjustment. The man’s hearing was immediately restored and chiropractic was born. Two years later, the Palmer School of Chiropractic was founded, and Palmer’s son, Dr. B.J. Palmer, developed it into the prestigious college that is it today.
As chiropractic took off and became popular with Americans who experienced its healing effects, the American Medical Association and Big Pharma saw the growth of this non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical treatment as a threat and started a smear campaign, according to New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO.
In fact, the anti-chiropractic smear campaign was much more severe than the AMA “merely” setting out to destroy the reputation of the chiropractic profession by calling them “quacks” and any number of other derogatory terms. In 1976, finally completely fed up with the deliberate maligning of his life’s work in chiropractic, Dr. Chester Wilk, DC, and four other licensed chiropractors filed suit against the AMA and several other medical organizations and later won their case. During arguments, the AMA et al. had been shown to manipulate insurers so that they would not pay for chiropractic treatment, disparage chiropractic colleges, prevent the government from learning about the effectiveness of chiropractic care, hide evidence of that same effectiveness, and take part in additional activities that would allow the AMA to maintain its health-care monopoly.
Enter Dr. Jay Holder, DC. Not long after the 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Wilk’s ruling in favor of chiropractic in 1987, Dr. Holder, a Miami Beach-based chiropractor, enlisted the aid of researcher and biostatistician, Dr. Robert Duncan, PhD, at the University of Miami Medical School. Dr. Duncan helped set up a scientific study on the effectiveness of chiropractic in terms of a patient’s overall sense of well-being, and in particular, how it would affect those dealing with addiction. But before such a study could be implemented, it would be necessary for the premise to be in a format that could be measured and reproduced. In other words, how would one account for the difference in level of pressure or technique used by chiropractors of varying sizes and strength?
Dr. Holder came up with a solution. Over a period of years, Holder both created and patented a toggle recoil instrument, called the Integrator™, and the Torque Release Technique™, which combines the best of traditional chiropractic with quantum physics. The emphasis is not linear, as in traditional chiropractic, meaning that using force to adjust the entire spine at once is abandoned in order to adjust just the primary subluxation, or misalignment. This then allows the body to adjust secondary and tertiary subluxations itself, which tends to be a much more gentle process. As Holder himself says, this substantial difference makes the TRT™ “the first technique of chiropractic’s second century.”
Because of the effectiveness of the Torque Release Technique™, the high-tech diagnostics used and the number of scientific studies backing these claims of efficacy, the TRT™ has taken the chiropractic world by storm. The Holder Research Institute in Miami Beach offers two-day trainings with a half-day refresher course to practicing chiropractors. Today, there are close to 30,000 licensed chiropractors working in the United States alone, with 5-6,000 of them officially trained in the Torque Release Technique™. What’s more, in the last few years, the TRT™ has been offered as part of the curriculum at chiropractic colleges around the country, which is one of the main reasons that the use of the TRT™ has exploded onto the American health care scene.
One of these enthusiastic, young chiropractors who is successfully using the TRT™ is Dr. Juan Muñoz, DC, of Inside-Out Family Chiropractic in Sioux City, Iowa (pictured above). Dr. Muñoz was instrumental in actually bringing the TRT to the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, when he was a student there, and finds that due to the nature of the TRT™, his practice is thriving. After just five months in business, Dr. Muñoz is looking to expand his office with another chiropractor and possibly another location.
The reason, he says, that he and the members of his chiropractic practice are so excited about this innovative chiropractic technique is that “it is getting better results in a shorter amount of time with longer lasting effects. The hardest thing about being a chiropractor is finding the area that is causing all the issues. With TRT™, you always know that you are adjusting the [root] cause of people’s health concerns.”
Dr. Juan Muñoz will be speaking at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, this week, at 1000 Brady Street. October 2, 2015, 7pm-9pm, and October 3, 8am-10am. The general public is welcome.
Linda Thieman is co-founder of Blog for Iowa and the original editor.