What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is a distortion in your body that interferes with your flow of energy and
information. Subluxations interfere with internal communications, inner harmony and
healing. Koren Specific Technique (KST) quickly locates and releases subluxations,
permitting your body/mind to function at a higher level of efficiency, harmony,
communication and health.
Revealing the subluxation
A subluxation often reveals itself when you are in a posture of musical (or emotional) injury, pain and/or dysfunction. The subluxation is most amenable to location and
correction when you are in that posture.
Years ago, Dr. Lowell Ward of Long Beach, California had a patient who felt fine
standing, but had head, back and sciatic pain while seated. Standing x-rays showed a
balanced, unsubluxated spine. He wondered, "What would I find if I x-rayed her in the
seated posture?" Her seated films revealed an unbalanced, subluxated spine. No wonder
she hurt when she was sitting! Dr. Ward asked the question "Am I missing other
subluxations by limiting my analysis to one posture?"
Dr. Ward's subsequent research revealed that one posture could show severe subluxations
while another would not. For example, a person injured while seated (as in a car accident)
would show subluxations and distortions only in a seated position and little if any
subluxation damage standing. Similarly, a person injured while playing spots or falling
down stairs would reveal subluxation damage when standing spine and relatively healthy
Most interesting was that the x-ray could reveal the dynamics of the accident. For
example, an accident victim thrown forward and to the left would reveal a spine with the
head off-center to the left and forward.
The Posture of the subluxation
One of the advantages of Koren Specific Technique (KST) is that it permits the
practitioner to check (or analyze) and correct (or adjust) a patient in any posture. That's
why KST doctors may not use an adjusting table when they correct your subluxations.
Make it hurt - positional adjusting
Patient: "Doctor, it hurts when I do that."
Doctor: "Don't do that."
The above Henry Youngman joke notwithstanding, we always ask the patient to "do
that", that is, assume a posture of pain/dysfunction/subluxation.
"Make it hurt", we tell them. "Bring out the subluxation causing your problems."
We then check and correct (adjust) the patient in the posture of subluxation. The result is
a more completely adjusted patient with a healthier spine, healthier body structure and
healthier nervous system.
The possibilities are endless
How does this work in an office? A person who only hurts or has trouble when turning a
certain way is told to "freeze" and then is checked in that position and corrected
For example, a person who hurts when they hold a gulf club in a certain position is
checked for subluxations and adjusted while in that position (preferably holding a golf
club). A guitarist who only hurts when holding the guitar could be checked and adjusted
in the position of holding the guitar or actually holding one.
A writer who only hurts when holding the mouse at a certain angle should be checked
and adjusted while in the position of holding the mouse at that certain angle. A person
who was subluxated when they hit their head in a cramped, stooped position would best
reveal their subluxation when in a cramped, stooped position, in other words, the posture
The positions are endless.
It is perhaps no accident that the word posture can refer to an emotional as well as
physical stance. Just as a patient may place himself or herself in a certain physical posture
and then be checked for subluxations, a person may put themselves in a certain emotional
posture and then be checked.
"Think about the car accident, see the road, smell the car, be in the accident, ok, now hold
that thought or picture."
Patients can be checked and corrected while reliving an accident or thinking about a lost
loved one, a difficult relationship, a life crisis - the possibilities are endless. It appears
that when receiving an adjustment in that emotional state, a mind/body reflex is
How does this care help patients?
Old, chronic subluxations that were buried away and not amenable to correction before
are finally located and corrected (or released). We can locate that cause of the patients
subluxations faster, adjustments hold longer and patients are much happier with the
results. We personalize patient care.
We tailor each visit to the patient's specific needs and life experience; they are not
treated the same way each visit.
How do you adjust people in the posture of subluxation?
In order to adjust a person who is standing or sitting with their arm, head, neck, shoulders
or other body part in a particular position, we use an adjusting instrument.
Koren Specific Technique
Koren Specific Technique is a quick, easy, gentle technique used to locate and correct
subluxations anywhere in the body while the patient assumes any (physical or emotional)
state or posture. With KST the practitioner is able to check and correct (adjust) the entire
structural system, including the cranial bones.
KST patients hold their adjustment longer; healing goes deeper (retracing is often
observed). KST's light force is comfortable for patients; children and the elderly
especially like KST's gentle approach.