Koren Specific Technique

All chiropractors, of whatever persuasion, do three things:

  1. They detect subluxations, the misalignments or dysfunctions which compromise the nervous system.
  2. They determine how the subluxations need to be corrected.
  3. They adjust the subluxations, whether it be by hand or instrument

Koren Specific Technique (KST) is no different. It does all three things, it’s just that the way it does these is very different from the typical styles of chiropractic that you may be aware of. The methods KST use are more towards the esoteric or vitalistic end of the spectrum as opposed to the exoteric or mechanistic end. In fact, it utilizes some very cutting edge neurological and physiological discoveries.

Detecting Subluxations

There is a phenomenon in neurology known as an ideo-motor response. What this means is that the motor nerve will respond to an idea of an action as though it was the action itself. Motor nerves carry information from the brain to the tissues, etc. For example, if you think about lifting up your arm, all of the motor neurons needed to do that will fire, whether you actually lift your arm or not. This is one of the reasons why sports people and athletes can improve their performance by visualizing their actions in advance.

1736189We have learned how to detect the ideo-motor response using a form of muscle testing. We can effectively and accurately detect where your problem starts from, and how and where to work to initiate healing.

What is a binary bio-indicator?

A binary bio-indicator is a reaction in a body part that either happens or doesn’t happen (hence the binary); a yes or a no. There are surprisingly many of these in the body. You may have heard about kinesiology or muscle testing. This is a bio-indicator using relevant changes in muscle strength to give a yes or no answer.

Determining the listings

We use the bio-indicator to challenge the body and the ‘complaint’ you come in with. If you come in with a headache for instance, we challenge the body to see if the cause of the headache is the cranial bones, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, or even if there is an emotional cause.

We also determine the specific bone and the specific direction with the bio-indicator challenge. This has made the analysis of the body and correction so much more specific and accurate.

How the adjustment is done

Instead of using our hands to do the adjusting, we use an adjusting instrument called an AthroStim. It is designed to give twelve taps a second using a very light force. So light, in fact, infants do not even react, let alone cry with their treatments. So there is no pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, or ‘cracking’ using AthroStim.

The precise movements produced by the adjustment stimulate neural receptors in the area, which, in turn, produce nerve impulses that relay crucial information back to the brain. It is this ‘neurological feedback system’ that the brain relies upon in order to update its awareness about the areas of the body. Upon evaluation of changes, produced by the adjustment, the brain issues self-correcting commands to the muscular system, and other tissues, to bring about healing changes.

Why twelve taps a second

The AthroStim instrument can deliver 12-14 rapid series recoiling taps per second, which works with the natural feedback cycle of the nervous system. This results in an extremely comfortable yet highly effective adjustment. The effectiveness comes from the instrument’s controlled repetitive input, producing a cumulative ‘snowballing’ effect on the neural receptors. Therefore, the AthroStim instrument, using greatly reduced forces, can create extensive neurological feedback to the brain.

And it works beautifully!

That’s not all though

We can also detect more and different subluxations than we could with our other techniques, and also adjust structures in the body in different directions which wouldn’t be possible with our hands. Easy treatment of TMJ, headaches caused by head traumas, and so many others.

A couple of success stories:

79 year-old male. Last October had rods inserted into his lower back for chronic low back pain. He had been in rehab/therapy since his surgery. He entered my office late February with complaints of low back pain, pain and weakness of both legs. Because of his age and surgery, we analyzed and treated him with KST. Within 4 visits, the pain in the right leg was gone, and by 8 visits, the pain was gone from his left leg.

A six month-old male came in who was born with torticollis, which also created some delay in his physical development. He had been receiving physical therapy all along. Using KST, we were able to release his neck with no distress to him, and his development caught up.

A 45 year-old female came in with neck pain and dizziness that had started 3 years prior. She had been to multiple specialists and in therapy for those 3 years. Within 6 visits using KST, her neck pain and dizziness completely cleared up.


  1. […] Armed with a great referral from a trusted teacher, I walked into a small, friendly chiropractic office and met Dr. Mark. In truth, I met Dr. Mark while they were still throwing around MS and ALS as diagnoses. I think it would be fair to say that I walked through his door with not only a numb left side but a raging, acute anxiety disorder. I also walked in with my old fear of chiropractors. Much to my delight, I quickly discovered that Dr. Mark is not a ‘cracker and grinder.’  After his own accident in Colorado where he fell 30 feet and suffered multiple serious injuries, Dr. Mark understood better than anyone that manual adjustments could be painful. At the same time, he also understood the great healing power chiropractic care could bring. (To read more about Dr. Mark click here) It was during his own healing that Dr. Mark discovered and later became trained in the Koren Specific Technique.  Dr. Mark  uses an AthroStim gun to make his adjustments. The AthroStim delivers 12 taps per second, which is perfectly in tune with the natural neurological feedback system of our bodies. Better yet, the Koren Specific Technique directly asks the patient’s body exactly where it needs adjusting so that it can heal itself. It will also look for and clear emotional blocks to healing. (To read more about KST and how it works in easy to understand language click here) […]