Chiropractic Care Terms

Directional Non-Force Technique: Dr. Richard Van Rumpt began teaching his method of analysis and adjusting to other doctors in the early 1940s until his death in 1986.

In his words: “D.N.F.T. is the original innate based non-force technique in Chiropractic. There are no cervical rotaries, lumbar rolls, bone popping thrusts, or in Palmer’s words, playing piano on the spine. It is effective whether the patient is as small as a young child, delicate as an elderly lady, or large and strong as an athlete or heavy construction worker. It does not require long drawn out series of treatments to accomplish its goal. It is not a conglomeration of assorted techniques, moves, or holds, but is chiropractic in its purest form.”

Definitions that might be useful:

Subluxation: Any osseous or soft tissue which is out of alignment and producing nerve interference.

Distortion: An adaptation or compensation to a subluxation. A distortion is the body’s attempt to deal with the problem of existing nerve interference and should not be treated or “adjusted” directly. The body’s Innate Intelligence created the distortion and will remove all or the appropriate amount when the subluxation has been corrected.

Thrust: Is merely a thrust and not considered to be an adjustment unless the thrust succeeds 100% in correcting the subluxation and removing the nerve interference.

Adjustment: Is that which occurs when a chiropractic thrust succeeds in removing the subluxation and associated nerve interference.

Articular “cracking” or “popping” sound: This is no indication that an adjustment has been made. These sounds are associated with joint capsule fluid flashing into the vacuum created by separation of the joint. This sound indicates the sudden movement of a previously non-moving or limited moving joint, and in our opinion, no more means a realignment of the spine than cracking one’s knuckles means a realignment of the knuckles.

X-Rays: Have value in determining osseous or soft tissue pathology, fracture, dislocation, anomaly, or demonstrate scoliosis, and for diagnostic, legal, and insurance purposes.

Misalignment: Is simply a misalignment and not a subluxation unless it can be proved to be producing nerve interference by a pre-adjustment test.

Innate Intelligence: In traditional chiropractic philosophy, Innate is thought to be that intelligence in the body responsible for the functioning and well-being of the individual.

In D.N.F.T. Chiropractic, Innate is far more than a philosophical concept, and we use Innate Intelligence to diagnose subluxations through the D.N.F.T.® Reactive Leg Reflex™ test D.N.F.T.® Chiropractic Basic Premise: In the tradition of the originator of Chiropractic D.D. Palmer, find the subluxation, fix it, and leave it alone. No subluxation, no adjustment.