The Webster Technique – A Chiropractic Analysis and Adjustment for Pregnant Women

More and more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care in pregnancy.  Many birth care providers are becoming aware of the efficacy of care throughout pregnancy and encouraging their patients/clients to find doctors of chiropractic who are interested in caring for pregnant women.  As with any specialty group within the population, there are specific types of spinal analysis and adjustment which are adapted to the best care for that population.

The Webster Technique is a specific analysis and adjustment whose appeal, necessity and popularity are increasing in both the professional and public sectors.  Discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, this technique was first taught as a sacral adjustment which allowed a baby in a breech presentation to turn to the vertex position.  As founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and Pediatric Instructor at Life College, Dr Webster had the venue to share this technique with many students and doctors of chiropractic.  These practitioners brought this technique into their communities and, according to Dr. Webster’s instructions, offered it to mothers who presented with breech presentations in their last tri-mester.  Success with this specific adjustment to alleviate “breech presentations” became known by birthing practitioners (primarily midwives) and it became known as the Webster Breech Turning Technique.

When Dr. Anrig was compiling the extensive materials for her textbook, Chiropractic Pediatrics, the name of the technique was revised to the Webster In-Utero-Constraint Technique.  This title reflected a more accurate description of the technique, as it identified the physiological relationship between the sacral subluxation and intrauterine constraint.

After Dr Webster’s passing in 1997, the technique continued to be taught by instructors of the ICPA’s 120-hour certification program.  With its increased exposure and use, more women experienced the benefits of the technique and more practitioners expressed greater interest in defining the physiological aspects of this particular analysis and adjustment.  A look into the physiology of the woman’s pelvis, particularly the suspension ligaments of the uterus and their biomechanical relationship with the sacrum, revealed a deeper understanding of how the administration of this technique could affect the positioning of the developing fetus.  In February 2000, the ICPA approved and incorporated a Technique Proficiency class to update and expose doctors to the, now understood, physiology of the technique.  The technique, itself, became termed the “Webster Technique.”

This more sophisticated understanding led to an evolution in the technique protocols.  Whereas the technique was previously used on women presenting breech in their last trimester only, it is now understood that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment is an asset to the pregnant woman throughout pregnancy as a means of preventing or limiting the potential of intrauterine constraint.

Intrauterine constraint is a condition where fetal movement is restricted, resulting in potential adverse effects to its development throughout pregnancy.  Furthermore, limited movement and space in the uterus can lead to malpresentation in various forms: breech, transverse, posterior, as well as ascynclitic presentations.  Malpresentation at the time of birth is one of the four leading causes of dystocia (difficult labor).  Dystocia is the primary reason for medical intervention.  Medical intervention almost always leads to further intervention and, frequently, results in a more traumatic birth for both the mother and baby.

It is a wonderful thing to offer a service and help create an environment that allows a baby to go from breech to vertex.  Breech presentations, however, occur in only 4% of the population.  Many, many more women experience dystocia in labor, leading to excessive interventions and trauma.  When it comes to birth, the obstetric profession readily refers to difficult labor and its cause by admitting that, “Such complications, however, are not determined by birth weight alone, but by a poorly understood relationship between fetal and maternal anatomy and other factors.”  In Williams Obstetrics’ chapter on dystocia, the authors also admit that they have a limited understanding of the natural, physiological process of birth.

As doctors of chiropractic, our perspective on physiology offers significant insight into intrauterine constraint, its effects, and the difficult labors it creates.  The Webster Technique is a significant analysis and adjustment to be utilized throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia.  

Action of the uterine ligaments: Like guy ropes, they anchor the upper uterine segment and prevent it from pulling up above the presenting partThe ICPA Technique Committee has put out an official definition of the Webster Technique, and encourages all doctors to remain consistent with this definition when referring to this technique.  The term “breech turning” is physiologically, legally and philosophically incorrect.  The definition is as follows:  “The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces interference to the nervous system, improves the function of the pelvic muscles and ligaments, which in turn, removes constraint of the woman’s uterus, and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.”

The ICPA Research Department is involved in several large scale studies to demonstrate the efficacy of the Webster Technique for safer, easier births.  Members of the ICPA are being invited to participate in these exciting projects.

Since ICPA’s initiation of the Webster Proficiency series in Feb 2000, over 2,000 practitioners have become certified.  They are now aware of the physiology behind the technique and the far reaching implications it has on the future of safe and natural birthing.  If you are already certified, kudos to you and the women in your community!  If you learned the technique years ago, update your knowledge and understanding of its application.  Your ability to adequately explain its efficacy to both women and birth care providers establishes your credibility.  The way you represent this technique in your community has ramifications for the entire profession.  If you do not know this technique, you owe it to the women in your community to become proficient and lead them towards safer, easier births.

It is a true teacher’s dream to see his or her work grow and evolve to be of even greater service and value.  When I think back on our founder and teacher, Dr. Larry Webster, I know he would be pleased that his technique is now offering a significant contribution to safer, easier births for all pregnant women.

The Webster Technique: A Chiropractic Analysis and Adjustment for Pregnant Women
By Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
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Dr. Jeanne Ohm has practiced in a family practice with her husband, Dr. Tom, since 1981.  They have six children who were all born at home.  Dr. Ohm has lectured internationally on the topic Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Infancy for many years and is an instructor for the ICPA’s Certification Diplomate Program.  Currently, Dr. Ohm is the Executive Coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the oldest and largest organization of its kind.  For additional information about the ICPA or their classes, please visit or call 610 565-2360.

The Quantum Repatterning Technique™

The Quantum Repatterning Technique™ (QRT) provides specific tools for identifying precisely what is taking place in the weakened or disordered physiology associated with unresponsiveness of the immune and endocrine systems.  In the chiropractic profession, it is recognized that all disease originates with a disturbance in the flow of innate communication.  When innate is inhibited or blocked, there are reactions that take place in the neuromuscular anatomy that result in a subluxation and an inhibition of nerve flow to a particular part of human anatomy.

Can you imagine having a fuller understanding of why adjustments hold or don’t hold and a more accurate description of how innate intelligence exerts its powerful influence on healing and repair mechanisms in the organism?  QRT was developed based on over three decades of research in brain proprioceptive feedback mechanisms, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and a wide array of kinesiological approaches.  In just a few minutes, one can identify the correct sequence of aberrant nervous/meridian system function in specific organs or systems of the body.

Most importantly, QRT accesses the body’s innate biofeedback communication system, providing an accurate tool for assessing the individualized pattern of functional disturbances and the underlying stressors that induce and promote illness.  By defining how and why an individual is stressed and providing the solutions to the negative health effects of these stressors, the QRT practitioner can nourish and energize the body on many levels.

Moreover, the understanding of muscle-organ proprioceptive blocks and vagal distress syndrome (VDS) can help chiropractors to improve patient outcomes, allowing innate intelligence to operate more fully in the human organism.  In the case of immunological unresponsiveness, once the immune stress overload has been identified, the application of appropriate therapy to immunodulate or support weak or deficient organs can be accomplished with simplicity and ease.

QRT is based on physiological and anatomical facts regarding specific viscerosomatic and somatovisceral relationships.  Where there is a specific dysfunction in an organ (say, the kidney), a specific related muscle group will test weak (in the case of the kidney, the left upper trapezius and the left psoas and illacus muscles will test weak and be sore upon palpation).  A muscle may test weak for a variety of reasons. (See Chart on page 50).

QRT offers a simple diagnostic tool that quickly unveils the core issues in immunological and hormonal unresponsiveness.  This unparalleled insight is based on empirical observations in the quantic domain of life, because complex, interwoven, energy fields govern our existence and determine how fast we will heal or recover from an illness, trauma, or an infection.  It is based on scientific evidence on electric conductivity, functional magnetic resonance imaging and infrared imaging.1-5

Unlike most alternative and traditional treatments that are often off-target and embarrassingly simplistic, QRT departs from fragmented, analytical thinking, and approaches the body with a variety of multileveled diagnostic and therapeutic avenues.  Many alternative practitioners may simply, unintentionally or otherwise, overlook the components of immunological or hormonal unresponsiveness in their attempt to direct therapy at, what may seem to be, more pressing clinical issues.

Clinically, there is a consistent association between accumulated toxins, oxidative stress levels, and blocked meridian energies that lead to a subluxation.  Clinical decisions—based on empirical observations and common sense inferences—lead to the obvious conclusion: The body’s neuro-energetic anatomy needs to be repatterned from the segmented interferences of stressors.  By repatterning each patient, the practitioner can “switch on” multiple energetic and metabolic pathways that give the patient more metabolic freedom and resiliency in today’s toxic environment and “switch off” pro-inflammatory pathways (Cox-2, Delta-5-desaturase) that give rise to carcinogenesis, pain and inflammation.

In summary, by allowing innate to tell us what is wrong, chiropractors will be in a stronger clinical position to help patients with complex and treatment-resistant disorders.6-14  Doctors, who want to learn how to adjust a vertebra with less force, need an acute pain relief procedure added to their present technique or who want better results than their present technique provides, will find the clinical application of QRT worthwhile.  QRT is reliable, reproducible, clinically-effective, and scientifically valid, as it is based on the scientific principles of cellular resonance and known facts of human physiology.1-4

Dr. Yanick is a world renowned expert on and founder of Quantum Medicine and QRT.  He has published extensively on Quantum Medicine.  You may contact Dr. Yanick by fax at 845-340-8606 or e-mail at [email protected].  Visit or for more information.

The Quiet Mouse. . . Gets No Cheese

Are you a man or a mouse?  You were tops in your class out of chiropractic college, read every report on new techniques and technology and are the Leonardo DaVinci of the examination room.  BUT, it doesn’t matter; for, all your expertise, golden hands and charming mannerisms are not assets in a wanting waiting room.  You need patients in order to perform your medical miracles and prove to the world that you are a successful chiropractor.

The real world does not judge you based on awards, scholarships and grade point averages.  It measures your success, or lack of success, by full waiting rooms, happy returning patients and money!  How is your bank account?  Are you just scrambling to meet the rent…or do you own the building!

Your name is on the door of your own practice, but all the chiropractic patients are sitting in the waiting room of your competitive chiropractor five blocks away (a guy you know graduated in the bottom 10%).  It is time to wake up from your quiet practice and fight for your hunk of cheese.

The world of healthcare is changing.  The world of chiropractic is changing.  Dr. Spencer Johnson wrote the best selling book, Who Moved My Cheese?, a book that has been utilized in business schools, including Harvard, throughout the United States.  This book talks about the one inevitable in life—change.  Change can be good or bad—your choice; your perspective.

In today’s world of healthcare, we fight many demons:  HMO’s, PPO’s, HIPAA, and OIG.  More rules, less money; yet, if you can embrace change, you can find yourself on a new path with some new cheese.

In my last article, I talked about my trip to Europe with my friend, Dr. Gerarld Mattia.  Why Europe?  Because, in Europe, osteopaths, chiropractors, and physical therapists have limited third-party reimbursement; still, those doctors survive.  Why?  Because they understand change.

The Quiet Mouse...Gets No Cheese

The body changes as we age.  Not (rarely) always for better.  Patients run to anti-aging clinics.  Yet, I am of the opinion that the best anti-aging tool is the spinal adjustment.  Yes, doctors, as people change, their physiology changes, and you can make the difference.

With my clinics, we try to develop well-rounded practices, with cash, PI, and major medical.  Why, would anyone just want a cash practice?  Many of my clients make over a million dollars a year as chiropractors.  It is you, the reader, who need to ask, “How?”  The first part of the answer is, “Change!”  They embrace it.
The second part of the answer is, “You need a coach.”  If you are to excel at golf, tennis or any endeavor, you need a mentor; you need a pro.  There are so many tricks to the trade, it is impossible for you to know them all…and these aren’t things they teach you in college.  Of course, you are smart; and you’ve certainly proven, by the diplomas on your walls, that you can learn.  BUT, how much time and money do you have for expensive trial and error?
There are many good consultants. As I started my practice, I utilized them all.  Using a consultant was considered a part of my overhead, along with clinic rent, telephones and electricity. 

Today, smart medical professionals are ever more frequently turning to an experienced marketing pro to help them fill up those wanting waiting rooms.  The best experts come from the industry.  They’ve been there, done that.  They are results-orientated; they cut to the chase; they get the cheese for you.  They know what they are doing; you don’t.  It’s a known fact, when it comes to promoting your practice, you are a fool, if you have yourself as your own client.

In our ever-increasing competitive world, those who profitably survive, build a team.  The days of the fatherly chiropractor working from his home or storefront went the way of hula-hoops, pet rocks and fins on cars.  You need to build a multidisciplinary, professional group to be a success; and the first step you need to take is to hire a pro who has years of experience to get the job done right.

By forming a team with other medical specialists in orthopedics, pain management, neurology, radiology, rehabilitation, massage, athletic and beauty enhancement; you can build the practice of your dreams. But, first, you need to hire a coach to guide you through the tangles inherent in a multidisciplinary practice.  You must employ a pro, who has done this before. You don’t win the Super Bowl with a coach in his rookie season. 
Ask around, read the trade publications, or inquire with your local chiropractic association.  BUT…don’t wait around with an empty waiting room.  The only difference between waiting and wanting is the little  “i”, and that “I” is you!  You have got to want to be a success before you are one.

Tired of being the quiet mouse?  It is time to get going.  Hire a marketing professional before the Fat Cats eat you for lunch.

Again, I talked about the European reimbursement model.  Basically, they have little-to-no third party reimbursement.  Yet, the average doctor generates $100,000 cash in his or her practice.  Someone moved their cheese, and they found a way to survive in practice. 

What would you do if third party reimbursement went away?  Some states are working on PI or Worker’s Compensation reform.  In Florida, Worker’s Compensation is almost obsolete for the DC.  We, as a profession must STOP infighting and focus on the problems at hand.  One of the primary causes of back problems are work related and they (the politicians) are trying to remove us from the equation.  Ask your State Representative or your preferred medical organization to focus on the problems at hand—straight, mixer, who cares.  We, as a profession, must accept change and unite.  NO, we will not all agree 100% of the time—ever!  But, we are crippling ourselves, because we will not change.

To survive in practice you must change, change with the times.  Have you implemented your HIPAA Compliance Plan?  What about an OIG Compliance Plan?  If you don’t know what OIG stands for, you’re already in trouble (Office of Inspector General).  They regulate fraud, abuse, and fee splitting.  Your utilization of fees must be provided by their guidelines.  HIPAA may fine you, but the OIG can send you to jail.
The rules change—you must change!  Now, go get your cheese.  It’s waiting for you. TAC

Dr. Eric S. Kaplan, is CEO of Multidisciplinary Business Applications, Inc. (MBA), a comprehensive coaching firm with a successful, documented history of creating profitable multidisciplinary practices nationwide. Eric regularly lectures at his alma mater, New York Chiropractic College, and is a highly sought after keynote speaker for many conventions. He is known throughout the medical field for his extensive expertise in practice management, new patient development programs and organizing blended practices. Dr. Kaplan is a leading authority on Alter-native Medicine, the author of three best selling books, Lifestyles of the Fit and Famous, Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator. You can reach him at MBA Headquarters in North Palm Beach, FL at (561) 626-3004.

The Promise of Matrix Repatterning

At six years of age, she had fallen twenty feet out of a ski lift.  Typical of this feisty lady, she had landed on her feet.  Unfortunately, her tiny body could not support the force of her landing.  Her legs and pelvis were smashed and this little girl would begin a new life, one that would see her endure numerous surgeries and hospitalizations, not to mention constant, agonizing pain, as well as ongoing problems including dizziness, digestive problems and reproductive disorders, and a lack of sensation in her pelvis.

I outlined the basic premise behind Matrix Repatterning.  I explained that the tensegrity matrix (the basic molecular structure of all life on the planet) could account for how the body stores and locks in the pattern of strain at the molecular level.  I went on to tell her how the body was one continuous fabric made up of tiny triangular elements, sort of like a geodesic dome, and that a source of tension in one area was transmitted throughout the entire body (see Figures 1-3)

I explained how the energy of an injury is absorbed by dense structures, such as bones and the water-filled internal organs.  I said that my goal was to locate these primary sources of restriction in her body and that her body would tell me, very precisely, where these tension patterns were located.  I further explained that, once located, it would require a surprisingly gentle form of pressure to permanently release these restrictions. 

I proceeded to examine her, checking her posture, the movement in each of her joints, the strength and tone of her muscles and the functioning of her nervous system.  I then showed her how I could read the pattern of tensions in her body.  She was quite amazed at how gentle contact from my hand on one area caused another area to relax, completely beyond her conscious control.  I explained that this process was a direct expression of the continuous molecular network of the body—the tensegrity matrix, the basis of Matrix Repatterning. 

Since my hand produces a normal electrical field, when I placed it over an area of her body that had been injured, it caused a temporary shift towards a more normal state (see Figures 2 above).  This would have the effect of partially reducing this source of tension.  Since the matrix is a continuous fabric throughout the body, the whole body will relax slightly.  Therefore, pressure on another area—say, the rib cage or a muscle in the thigh or arm—will  noticeably soften under pressure. 

As she felt the unmistakable softening of her rib cage every time I found one of the primary areas, her mind began to open to the possibility that there was something different here—something she had not previously encountered. 

I carefully documented my findings and announced that I had clarified part of her injury pattern.  This included compressed bones (literally, bones which had shortened—not fractured—as a result of the impact); organs which had dropped and expanded as a result of the massive force of her landing; and the effects of several of her surgical scars. 

After I completed the first treatment, I re-examined some of the restricted ranges of motion and was satisfied that some degree of improvement had been accomplished.  As she got up to leave, she acknowledged that her pelvis felt freer and less painful.  I reminded her that she still had a long way to go and that her long history of fairly serious injuries would be revealed in layers. 
After several more sessions, Heather noticed her hips were able to move more normally and she could turn her head without agony.  Gradually, her other symptoms began to disappear as well.

It was during one of our sessions, after we had released one of the more stubborn problems in her pelvic area, that she grabbed my hand.  With her voice choked by emotion, she looked up at me and announced in a deliberate tone, “You have to teach this—to everyone!”

I was humbled by the power of her declaration and became fully aware, in that moment, of all of the pain she had resolutely endured for so many years.  With tears welling up in my own eyes, I looked directly into hers and said, “I am trying to get the message out, and I will try to do more.”

Matrix Repatterning represents a radical departure from many of the limiting beliefs that have pervaded the field of physical medicine.  The principles and properties of the tensegrity matrix (now scientifically proven*) determine how we respond to our environment, gravity, injuries and the very processes governing health and disease. TAC

For more information about Matrix Repatterning, contact: Dr. George Roth at Wellness Systems Inc., toll-free at 1-877-905-7684, Fax; 905-880-0650; email: [email protected]; or check their web site:

* “The Architecture of Life”, Donald Ingber, MD, PhD, Scientific American, January 1998.

TVM vs. A Chiropractic “Wasteland”

Chiropractic, a Wasteland?

Things have never been better.  Accepted in all states, academic accreditation, almost full members of the healing arts is the way most see it.  This euphoria disappears when you compare it to what it could become and what it did become for me, and the little group of doctors who have studied TVM (The Vickery Method).
It would appear the profession is regressing.  Some states taken over by sheer numbers of “straight” types, whether HIO, Gonstead, or whatever, are trying to halt the very means that they need to advance themselves into truly holistic doctors who understand why they adjust, and get their patients to the point where they do not have to be adjusted for a year or so!  TVM proves that exact nutrition, tested for effectiveness on the individual patient, is the most necessary thing.  But, by the time this profession wakes up to this fact, we will find ourselves legally “locked out” in many states.

Most of what chiropractic does is in a “technique”.  Techniques start in the middle, accomplish beneficial results, but, still, end in the middle!  TVM (a method) starts by identifying causes which are mostly nutritional, identifies the degenerative processes (particularly diskal lesions) with the Confirmatory Challenge Test (CCT) and BEV (Brice E. Vickery) Tests, identifies infectious processes (viral, fungal, and bacterial), and restores the balance of the meridian systems to a new level of health, which is a Category 1 free patient.  (This is the Cat. 1 of Sacro Occipital Technique and Applied Kinesiology. If a doctor does not know what it is after graduation, he/she should become a plumber!)  Furthermore, if the Cat. 1 returns, it is easy to discover that this patient is not taking the prescribed supplements or has cut back on them.  When you find this without their help, you have a patient for life!  This yardstick promoted one of the largest cash practices in New England without promotional courses, advertising or gimmicks.  Furthermore, we checked our patients quarterly and they were glad to have us do it!  This was truly a wellness practice.

New Tools Needed

The study of Applied Kinesiology1, followed by EAV2 (Electroacupuncture According to Voll), Contact Reflex Analysis3, Clinical Kinesiology4, enabled testing on the human body, the best laboratory of all, asking it highly sophisticated questions.  The “mechanics” resist this, thinking it is mumbo-jumbo or  because they are exposed by comparison.  If successful, they will make chiropractic a veritable wasteland of bored mechanics who see how fast they can “go through” patients without ever becoming—real doctors.  These hard won advances enabled understanding of the causes and the cure of fibromyalgia.  Case histories and a full description of the Vickery Fibromyalgia Protocol are found at  We have cured, from this website alone, over 150 persons with 1– 50 years history of having this disease.

The Confirmatory Challenge Test5 (CCT)

This test revealed back pain’s root cause—degenerating disks.  No one ever stopped to think that a lesion starts microscopically, nor was there ever a test for it.  The CCT scan was the first test that did that.  It demonstrated that disks are breaking down in bunches throughout the spine—and the nutritional causes.l   Proof?  They start healing in ten hours! Medicine has accepted this and confirms it with IDET (Intradiskal Electrothermy) and laser on the disks.  Chiropractors remain ignorant.
Full understanding came after comparisons of the tests with the Computed Tomography (CT) scans and later the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  The superiority is apparent—not one patient precipitated into surgery in thousands of cases.  Compare that with the Cox, Gonstead, recoil, side posture , drop or any other chiropractic method.  There is no comparison.
The Cox method is grossly similar in its approach to correcting the disks, but becomes harmful in that, if L-5 is on the right, what is done when L-4 is on the left?  When done specifically by hand in three directions, there is no error.  It is immediately re-tested to see if the corrections have been made.  This is the safest and most effective method.  (See graph of results below)

The BEV Tests6

The BEV Tests (my initials ) were a dream come true:  A standing (or sitting) series of tests for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine that can be done in under two minutes and are more revealing than CT, MRI, thermogram, or any other known tests.  Completely complimentary to the CCT, they always agree.  I found that many diskal lesions were producing no pain, but giant malfunctions in the organs or the MUSCLES. This was true especially in the dorsal spine where most doctors think there are few diskal lesions.  That is why they can’t cure GERDS (Gastro esophageal reflux disease).  I have never seen a case without dorsal disks sending disruptive impulses into the plexus.
This test is an assessment of the collagen and other tissues of the body.  When the disks are deteriorating, so are all of the other tissues.  This test is positive in EVERY fibromyalgia case and is one of our criteria for the diagnosis.  You cannot diagnose FM exactly without it.

Spine Charts

Average findings

With the BEV Tests

Spine charts

A Straight Patient7, 8

Once the spinal disks are healing, the treatment is roaring along toward lasting postural correction, which we often achieve in a week or two.

Vickery Method vs Alternatives Reported by Klein & Sobel

Hidden Cervical Disk

This condition is almost always an anteriorly displaced cervical.  It is most commonly seen in whiplash and is almost never diagnosed so that treatment is mal-adjustment.  What should be corrected in two weeks takes years!

Ileocecal Valve and Parasite Triad

This is one of the most powerful mechanisms any doctor should know and understand.  It is the most common cause of a doctor’s failure to balance the spine and relieve disk pressure.  Sometimes, it must be done before anything else.  We identify two main causes.
1. Dysbiosis—anything from Candida to Lamblia and Shigella.
2. Neurological—caused by spinal subluxation-fixation and continuing muscle imbalance.

Lymphatic Slowdown

This powerful mechanism can turn off muscles anywhere in the body and can prevent straight posture being maintained.  It can particularly affect neurolymphatic reflexes.

The Vickery-Voll Test for Protein Insufficiency

This test revolutionized treatment of chronic disease and immune function.  The standard blood tests do not show this.  Presented since 1983, it resulted in the Vickery Essential Amino Acids ™ and the Platinum Essential Amino Acids Plus US Pat.6,203,820, which are the core of outstanding success in Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD), FM, hypoglycemia, arthritis and osteoporosis.  The test is available free at

Category 1 L P (for protein)

The most common of the Cat 1 series has a comprehensive correction using DeJarnette blocks, correcting reflexes (important) and making gentle adjustments when necessary.  Sixteen Cat. 1 conditions have been identified.  Nine out of ten patients were found to be protein/sulfur deficient.
The series of Cat. 1 distortion continues with causes never before known.  Maintaining absence of this distortion is the basis for achieving and maintaining wellness in a patient. A “Category 1 Distortion” is a whole body distortion (from your “nose to your toes” as I like to say) such as scoliosis.  See table: Category 1 Distortion  to get a list of causes for a Category 1 distortion starting on the top of the list with the (usually) most common and going down to the rarest causes.

Category 1 Distortion

A “Category 1 Distortion” is a whole body distortion (from your “nose to your toes” as I like to say) such as scoliosis. Below is a list of causes for a Category 1 distortion starting on the top of the list with the (usually) most common and going down to the rarest causes.



Category 1 distortion

Causes never before known






Cat. 1 L P

Protein Deficiency

Cat. 1 L C

Called mini scurvy

Cat. 1 L I

Iodine deficiency

Cat. 1 L S

Salt deficiency

Cat. 1 L CR

Chromium deficiency

Cat. 1 L M


Cat. 1 L

Anterior dorsal

Cat. 1 L INF


Cat. 1 L CX

CX meridian–sex glands

Cat. 1 L IV Disk

Disk Injury, etc.

Cat. 1 L F

Fatty acids deficiency

Cat. 1 L ALL


Cat. 1 L


Cat. 1 L GB

Acetylcholine precursors

Cat. 1 L


Cat. 1 L MW

Muscle weakness


TVM is the single most important and revolutionary advance in chiropractic and, yet, remains relatively unknown.  It has enabled the most important nutritional discovery ever made—the lack of protein utilization.  It demonstrates that the most important lesions are diskal degenerations.  It lifts the fog from the “technique beaten chiropractic minds”  and gives unyielding success.  It unflinchingly has proven, in the rigors of practice, that nothing equals its ability to identify the nutritional, emotional, and infectious causes which result in mechanical distortions such as the Cat. 1.  It corrects the “short leg”.  A patient maintained Cat. 1 free is experiencing a new and higher level of health—generally referred to as WELLNESS.
Doctors who inquire about our FM Protocol have trouble understanding that they must first master TVM before they can go on to the advanced diagnostic methods using test kits for viral strength—AND LOCATIONS IN THE BODY—and before they are anywhere near being competent at tracking their patients’ progress.  This is ADVANCED TVM.  This is the level the doctors of the 21st century will be building on, and refining.  TAC

Dr. Brice Vickery can be reached at 3377 Glenview Drive, Aiken, SC  29803, or by phone at (803) 644-0607;


  1. Walther, D. S, Applied Kinesiology Synopsis, Systems DC 1988
  2. Leonhardt, Horst, Fundamentals of EAV, C. Beckers Buchdrucherei , Uelzen Germany 1980.
  3. Versendaal, D.A., Contact Reflex Analysis 1990.
  4. Beardall, A.G. Clinical Kinesiology, 1982.
  5. Vickery, Brice E., The Confirmatory Challenge Test, Video Seminar Part 1, 1990.
  6. Vickery, Brice E., The BEV Tests, Video Seminar Part 2 1992.
  7. Vickery, Brice E., A Straight Patient, Video Seminar Part 3 ( 1 0f 2) 1993.
  8. Vickery, Brice E., A Straight Patient, Video Seminar Part 4 (2 of 2) 1995.

A New Perspective on the Treatment of Athletes

I have worked with many elite athletes over the years and have always found the experience challenging and enlightening.  I say challenging because of the level of excellence they demand.  It is not good enough simply to get a top-level athlete out of pain.  The demands they place on their bodies require that every part work at its optimal level.  Joints, muscles, ligaments and bone are required to perform at or near the limit of their tolerances, and are continually being subjected to tremendous forces of strain and impact.
I have found that, in order to meet these challenges and provide for the needs of these patients, it is essential to address the fundamental causes of structural imbalance.  Disturbances of muscle tone and fascial tension asymmetries are time bombs waiting to explode in the form of muscle and ligament tears and serious joint injury.  These events can destroy an athlete’s career and, in my opinion, they are highly preventable.

Health at the Molecular Level

Dr. Stephen Levin, an orthopedic surgeon, noticed some unusual reactions in certain muscles and ligaments he was repairing, while performing surgery, which he could not explain.  Not long after this he happened to visit the Smithsonian Institute.  He noticed a large skeleton of a dinosaur and wondered how the massive structure could possibly support itself against the force of gravity.   Coincidentally, just across the hall, there stood a remarkable sculpture by Kenneth Snelson.  The sculpture consisted of rigid struts suspended in space by tensioning cables.  Snelson was a student of Buckminster Fuller.  When the famed architect and engineer saw the way these structures supported themselves in space, he conceived of the term tensegrity—meaning held together by tension and compression—which he then went on to incorporate in his now famous structures, such as the geodesic dome. 
It struck Levin that the tensegrity form could explain not only how the dinosaur held itself up, it could also account for his observations during surgery.  From these realizations he developed the concept that the tension icosohedron (the basic element of the tensegrity structure) was the basic structure of all organic life. 
In the January 1998 issue of Scientific American, a feature article entitled The Architecture of Life appeared, outlining the research of Dr. Donald Ingber, the Harvard cell biologist.  His studies and other research using powerful electron microscopes and other computer-based techniques have been able to confirm that tensegrity is the structural basis of all life on the planet.  It has now been proven that the underlying structure of all life on the planet is actually a continuous, tension and compression arrangement of molecules and protein strands, very similar to the sculptures conceived by Kenneth Snelson in the 1940’s. 

The Molecular Framework of the Body

The concept of tensegrity implies that the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, organs, the nervous system—every cell, right down to the level our DNA—the blueprint of life itself—are interconnected with every other cell as one continuous fabric.  I have referred to this microscopic framework as the Tensegrity Matrix.  This stable and flexible structure links everything together into a unified whole.
Abnormal tension on this fabric or matrix may arise due to injuries, such as falls, and/or motor vehicle accidents, and the presence of scar tissue, and may become trapped within the molecules of a particular area of the body.

Matrix Repatterning

Matrix Repatterning (MR) is based on this new understanding of the molecular structure of the body.  It is able to detect, with a high level of precision, and permanently release the deep underlying restrictions associated with injuries, scar tissue or other forms of stored tension in the body.  The primary restrictions may be painless themselves, but represent the primary sources of tension leading to strain patterns in many other areas of the body.  The strained tissues, which arise due to the primary restriction, are often the location of symptoms, such as pain, swelling and abnormal movement and function.  The Matrix Repatterning practitioner is trained to locate and correct these patterns at their source, gently and permanently. 

Case Study 1: An Athlete Finds a Second Lease on Life

I was contacted by a chiropractor working in a large sports medicine facility.  He contacted me to assess a frustrating case.  Despite repeated treatment, using state-of-the-art methods, the patient was not progressing.  In my examination, I found that the patient’s thigh muscles and hip muscles were seriously imbalanced.  Indeed, the other members of his treatment team had discovered the same problems and had valiantly tried to stretch and goad these muscles into some semblance of symmetry.  Unfortunately, they had been unsuccessful. 
I found that the primary restrictions were actually within the bones of the patient’s hip and femur, and proceeded to release these tension patterns.  With one treatment, I was able to restore balance to the muscles of his hips and thighs. 
The decathlete, Mack Cunningham, had progressed significantly and, with a few more treatments, was able to fully re-enter his training program.  He is now preparing for the 2004 Olympics.

Case Study 2: They’re at the Post!

The young veterinarian had heard of me through a patient.  Dr. David Jamieson had taken many other seminars to help him treat his favorite animals—thoroughbred racehorses.  As the seminar proceeded, I kept pondering how in the world he would be able to adapt my technique to these rather large animals. 
Shortly after the seminar, I received a call from Dr. Jamieson, requesting I meet him at the racetrack.  He led me to one of the barns and introduced me to Doris Day, a beautiful bay.  He explained that, two months before, she had been rounding a turn and had been forced by another horse into the rail.  Something snagged—perhaps part of her saddle—and she was flipped onto her rear end with a powerful jolt.  The rider fell off, and both animal and human had to be helped off the track.
The horse had never been the same since.  She was obviously in a lot of pain and could not tolerate anyone mounting her.  Dr. Jamieson mentioned that she was now very “girthy”, a term used to describe a horse whose trunk has expanded beyond its normal dimensions.  The horse appeared to be very skittish, with a wild, fearful look in her eyes.  Dr. Jamieson was quick to point out that she was normally a very calm, manageable animal. 
We found a process of testing and treatment that work very well for these animals.  We were able to quickly detect the primary areas of restriction, which proved to be centered in the large organs of the trunk, as expected.  Treatment quickly released these areas and Doris Day was immediately restored to her normal sexy figure.  Within a few days, she was able to begin training once again and she was returned to her productive racing schedule within several more weeks.
Treating other horses proved to be equally successful and Dr. Jameison, under my guidance, has been able to resolve many other injuries.  Many of the horses treated using Matrix Repatterning have astounded both the trainers and the jockeys.  They have found these animals are now much more balanced and consistent in their performance.  One of our goals for the future is to develop a training program for veterinarians and other practitioners to be able to treat animals more effectively.

Thoroughbred racehorses are like other elite athletes, in that they are pushing the limits of their physical structures on an ongoing basis.  The lessons learned by treating these magnificent creatures have helped me develop even better approaches for human athletes and have also served to confirm for me the power and value of Matrix Repatterning and tensegrity matrix as viable and consistent frameworks for understanding the structural basis of health and life. TAC

For more information about Matrix Repatterning, contact Dr. George Roth at 905-880-0101, Fax: 905-880-0550, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.MatixRepatterning,com.

The Graston Technique: Changing the Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries

A clinically researched, innovative treatment modality is changing the way chiropractors are treating soft tissue injuries—including the most difficult repetitive stress diagnoses.  The mode of treatment, the Graston Technique, offers expanded options for treating all chronic and acute disorders.

In less than a year since its introduction to the profession  (November 2001), more than 300 chiropractors nationwide have been trained in the technique.  National University of Health Sciences academians and clinicians have given the modality their blessing by adding the Graston Technique to the curriculum this fall.

The technique has made advocates out of skeptics.  “I never believed that the sensitivity of my hands could be enhanced.  I do now,” says renowned soft tissue expert Warren I. Hammer, MS, DC, DABCO.  Hammer, author of Functional Soft Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods, finds the Graston Technique “indispensable in his approach to soft tissue problems.”

Internationally-known sports chiropractor Thomas E. Hyde, DC, DABSP, says the Graston Technique is “one of the most innovative soft tissue forms of treatment to come along in many years.”  In addition to improving patient outcomes, Hyde believes that “doctors can add longevity to their careers by using the Graston Technique.”

The cornerstone of the patented Technique, developed more than ten years ago, is a set of six stainless steel instruments.  Use of these specially-designed instruments is a key element of the treatment protocol.  Skillfully trained clinicians use the Graston Technique to help prevent acute soft tissue injuries from becoming chronic, including conditions such as low-back strain, neck, wrist and foot pain.  The technique helps the clinician identify, evaluate and treat injured tissue better and more thoroughly, thus returning the patient to normal function sooner.  The instruments also eliminate nearly all stress on the clinician’s hands and upper extremities.

It is true that necessity is the mother of invention, as the instrument development bears out.  David Graston sustained a knee injury while trick skiing in 1987.   Surgery left him with very limited range of motion that conventional therapies failed to resolve.  Together with Andre Hall, an elite collegiate athlete, the two combined their knowledge of the musculoskeletal system with Graston’s experience in the tool and die industry to create the first instruments.  They, along with businessman Michael I. Arnolt, formed TherapyCare Resources, Inc., and an outpatient clinic in 1994.  Arnolt is president of the company, which today focuses on teaching, training and licensing the Graston Technique.

Initial research of the Graston Technique was conducted at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, in 1991-92.  Clinical data gathered from outpatient clinics, over seven years substantiated that more than 80% of soft tissue conditions treated resulted in attaining increased function and decreased pain.  Douglas G. Perry, Ph.D., at the Indiana University School of Informatics, conducted the study.

“The results of the study were significant,” according to M. Terry Carey, MS, PT, MTC, Assistant Clinical Professor, Indiana University School of Allied Sciences.  Many of the subjects were treated with other modalities, according to Carey, “but nothing worked as well as the Graston Technique.”  Carey has been treating patients and training instructors in the technique for eight years.

Currently, the Graston Technique is the subject of three independent randomized controlled clinical studies—including studies at Texas Back Institute and New York Chiropractic College.  Results of these clinical trials should be completed within the next year.

The Graston Technique is an interdisciplinary treatment that has a wide following in the outpatient market, and in industrial, academic, professional and collegiate sports arenas.  Included in the network of Graston Technique-licensed organizations are Community Hospitals of Indianapolis and more than twenty professional sports teams, among them the Seattle Supersonics, Philadelphia 76ers, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Bucks, Colorado Avalanche and the Miami Heat.  Nationally, many universities use the technique, including the University of Michigan, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois.  Major corporations, including Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Navistar and SuperValu, use the Graston Technique to keep employee insurance claims and lost productivity to a minimum. TAC

The Graston Technique website,, is an excellent resource for additional information and research on the applications and success of the technique.  Information can also be obtained by calling toll-free 866-926-2828.