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Torque Release Technique

Dr. Andrew is one of the few chiropractors in the Greater Lancaster area who incorporates Torque Release Technique in his treatments.  He chose to specialize in this chiropractic modality because it has been proven superior in providing immediate results and because it is a low-impact technique, it can be used on people of any age.  Dr. Andrew offers more information on how Torque Release is a unique chiropractic experience:

With the use of Torque Release Technique we will effectively address your body’s needs as determined by your body. We will be checking your spinal column for areas where the nervous system is being interfered with by spinal subluxations and will deliver an adjustment using the Integrator instrument.  

You will hear a “click” and will feel a quick impulse into the muscles of your spinal column. This reproduces what the hands do but with much more precision and efficiency than ever possible by hand.  Another advantage of the Integrator is that it delivers a specific frequency into the nerve endings of the spinal column, exactly where there is interference to nerve function.  This technique stimulates your nervous system in such a way that your nervous system will release and reduce tension, assisting your body to self-correct.

Lancaster chiropractor Andrew Ashton's hand held instrument for gentle, low force Torque Release adjustments at A Therapeutic Effect

Have you ever watched an accomplished guitarist tuning his guitar? He picks up his instrument and starts to play.  Then, the next thing you know he has stopped playing and is crouched down listening intently to one string as he gently and gradually adjusts the tuning peg.  He then carries on as if nothing happened.

So, what is he doing while he is winding or unwinding that small peg on the end of the guitar string? The amount of tension in the guitar string determines the note and hence the tune that plays when you pluck the string.  The skill of the musician is to be able to tune the guitar to make a beautiful noise.


When a specific command travels down the spinal cord from the brain to the body, or when sensory information is being transmitted back up the spinal cord to the brain, there is a “flash” of “electricity” that carries the messages. Quick body responses and sensory perceptions result.  At the same time though, there is also a low-grade “wave” of radio frequency traveling up and down your spinal cord that determines the “mood” or “tone” of your central nervous system. This affects your level of consciousness and awareness, your mood, and the metabolic and hormonal functions of your body.


Imagine your spine as a funny looking guitar which has pegs at both ends of the string, so that you could change the tension from either end. There is also an extra peg right at the tip of the neck which can also change the tension of all the strings.

What we have just described to you is an analogy for the intimate relationship between your spinal column and your spinal cord. The “pegs” on the guitar are represented by small ligaments which actually hang the spinal cord within the spinal canal. These ligaments are few in number (about half a dozen at both ends of the spine), and only attach between specific vertebrae, and corresponding sections of the spinal cord (central nervous system).

Adjustments aim to remove any hindrances to the fast acting messages traveling up and down the spinal cord; and at the same time rebalance the overall frequency at which the nervous system is operating.

Scientifically speaking, your spinal cord is a thick string of pizo-electric gel (electricity conducting jelly). The frequency it is working at is determined by the amount of tension and/or torsion being placed at either end of the “string.”  Just like the guitar string, the tightness of the cord determines the tune that is being played.

TRT differs from many of the other chiropractic techniques in that it focuses a lot of attention on the “tuning pegs.”  These are strategic and vital connection points between the spinal cord and spinal column. As we gently and methodically adjust these areas of your “guitar string” (spinal cord), we are changing the degree of tension in the central nervous system in an effort to change the notes that result. Hence, the skill of the Chiropractor is to be able to tune your spinal cord to find some more beautiful notes. That is, a better level of tension.

When many people get up after an adjustment, they comment on how their vision seems clearer, the light or view seems sharper, their head feels lighter, their body feels looser, etc. These are all reflections of your central nervous system now operating at a better frequency. The Integrator is the high-tech tool that we use to tune your nervous system.

Make an appointment today to experience the difference of this gentle chiropractic adjustment!

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