Torque Release Technique

Torque Release Technique
Addressing Primary Subluxation
By Rick Kirkpatrick, DC Student

If you have ever been to the Torque Release Technique (TRT) Club you may have heard my spiel on techniques offered at Life and even techniques that are not currently available on Life’s campus. Let me be the first to say ALL TECHNIQUES WORK! I encourage every person who attends TRT Club to explore every club and every technique regardless of what they have heard or whether or not they think they would enjoy that particular club. It is important to get a broad base of what is out there, find the technique that resonates with you, the one that aligns with your relationship to chiropractic, and then go deep into learning the analysis. Go after that technique with passion and reckless abandon, know all of the ins and outs; study it until you know every detail and can handle just about any case that walks through your door. Do this before attempting to learn multiple techniques at the same time, coming out with a “bag of tricks” but not knowing how to fully apply a single system. Finding what resonates with you and standing firm in that is what will allow you to become the best Doctor of Chiropractic you can be which is what we are all here to accomplish. Our world is counting on it! We want to Reach the World with Chiropractic.

TRTTorque Release Technique (TRT) is a vitalistic, non-linear, tonal technique birthed out of research. The analysis is derived from joining the best parts of the analysis systems of seven different techniques: Palmer Upper Cervical, Thompson, DNFT, SOT, Logan Basic, Toftness, and Network Spinal Analysis. This allows you to have a bag of tricks under one discipline. There is very little that is original and unique to TRT. Torque Release is the first, second century technique which acts as an upgrade to chiropractic. For example, if we look at an operating system on a computer, say Windows, every model that comes out has the same basic components. When using these systems, one can access Word and access email through Outlook Express, however, with every upgrade there are many more options and tools available to navigate it faster and more efficiently to accomplish the same result in a shorter amount of time. Without knowing the shortcuts and using just the basics, using Windows 7 is not much different than using Windows 98.

We all acknowledge and agree the body is a self-healing, self-maintaining organism with a more intelligent design than we could ever imagine or comprehend. We are constantly under chemical, emotional, and physical stressors causing subluxations to occur. If physical stress accounts for only 10% of the stress we encounter, leaving the other 90% to intangible stresses, it would then be safe to say approximately 10% of the subluxations in the spine are due to physical components. The body is constantly changing and adapting to theses stressors and, as a result, the body is always adding and removing subluxations.

If the body can add and remove subluxation, why does the world need chiropractors? Have you ever thought about that? It is because of what is known as limitations of matter; often a primary subluxation is so overwhelming the body is unable to correct it on its own. As we learned or you will learn in second quarter mo-pal, the primary is usually asymptomatic. The doctor always attempts to discern which are primary versus secondary subluxations. TRT analysis allows you, the doctor, to find, locate, and adjust the primary subluxation.

In April 2011, the Torque Release Technique Club on campus was re-birthed along with a movement to bring a new look to vitalistic chiropractic, both to Life University as well as the communities we will be serving. TRTShortly thereafter, Torque Release, a technique elective, was introduced into the curriculum, breaking ground and setting a precedent for future techniques. The TRT elective has now been going strong for over a year. One year later, TRT has broken new ground once again. I am ecstatic and proud to announce Torque Release Technique has been approved to be utilized in the Life University Center for Health and Optimum Performance (outpatient clinic) as of the Summer 2013 quarter. Thank you to all who had a hand in this incredible feat, from the students who signed the petition to the doctors in clinic who supported the voice of the student body. You have been a part of chiropractic history!

The TRT elective is available to 10th quarter students and above. Once you have passed the elective you may use the technique in outpatient clinic. If you would like to get certified to an advanced proficiency rating through Dr. Jay Holder and the Holder Research Institute, the requirements are two seminars and one hands on workshop.

There will be a TRT seminar this quarter November 1st-4th the weekend between weeks four and five. To register, call Rita @ (800)490-7714 or checks can be made out to HRI (Holder Research Institute) and given to Rick Kirkpatrick.

Email us with questions at and join us for club Wednesdays at 11am in CCE-C2.

Times: Nov 1-4

Friday: 2pm – 7pm Registration: 1:30pm TRT Seminar
Saturday: 8am – 7pm TRT Seminar
Sunday: 9am – 6pm Registration: 8:30am Auriculotherapy
Monday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm Registration: 5pm Hands on Workshop


Seminar $175  (Student) $275   (Faculty)
Hands on Workshop $150  (Student) $295   (Faculty)
Auriculotherapy $100  (Student) $250   (Faculty)
Seminar + Hands on $300  (Student)

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Wildwood
3045 Windy Hill Road
Atlanta, GA 30339


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