The Benefits of the Directional Non Force Technique in Chiropractic

A prominent chiropractor and naturopathic physician on the East Coast, Dr. Randy Meltzer incorporates natural healing techniques from various traditions into his treatments. At his New York City practice, he uses chiropractic methods, oriental medicine, and homeopathy to treat patients with chronic illnesses. A treatment modality Dr. Randy Meltzer finds most effective for back pain and discomfort is the directional non-force technique.

Chiropractic is a science and therapy system that treats human disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractic theory contends that disease originates from a lack of normal nerve function. As nerve energy flows through the spinal column, chiropractors traditionally manipulate the musculoskeletal system with rapid adjustments that revitalize muscle tissues and joint function and movement.

In order to address the negative outcomes experienced by some patients with traditional techniques, Dr. Van Rumpt began experimenting in the 1940s with low force approaches, which he named the “directional non-force technique,” or abbreviated as D.N.F.T. This technique uses the thumb to apply a low-force and directional impulse of corrective thrust. The D.N.F.T. practitioner uses a retracing process that consists of a sequence of corrections to subluxations, which occur when one or more of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) have moved out of position and exert pressure on, or irritate the spinal nerves. In the retracing process, the practitioner uses different corrections at each visit, and after a relatively few number of treatments, the patient typically reports structural stability and improved health. Dr. Randy Meltzer’s office is located at 99 University Place, Suite 412, New York, NY 10003, 212 2 55 6710.

The benefits of the D.N.F.T. are that its use results in almost no contraindications and positive results can be seen in a relatively short span of time. Moreover, the D.N.F.T. can be used with equal effectiveness on persons of different ages, from a young child to a mature adult.