The Koch Protocols
Part 1 will cover the basics of my technique approach including my unique approach to the first visit examination, consultation and treatment. I do a very complete examination during the first visit to determine weakness and imbalance throughout the structure. And no matter what issue the patient presents as the main problem, I always begin my treatment by balancing the pelvis. As with the foundation of a house, if it is not level and balanced, nothing in the house will be level, strong or stable.
Therefore, the first part of the seminar will be balancing the pelvis. I will spend a lot of time teaching the examination and treatment protocols I use to achieve this, which will include the use of SOT blocks and how I determine what category of SOT blocking is most appropriate according to examination indicators.
To start making remarkable changes in your patients, you must first be sure they have a stable foundation — the pelvis.
You may want to read my recent articles The Pelvic Imperative and The Psoas — Missing Link in Pelvic Correction on my blog or in The American Chiropractor magazine. My articles in TAC are searchable under both Dr. William H. Koch or Dr. Bill Koch.
Part 2 will focus on the techniques I use in the Koch Protocols for treating the thoracic and cervical spine, TMJ, cranial nerves and extremities using both instrument and hand adjusting. I will demonstrate the significance of the kinetic chain of lateral joints: TMJ, shoulder, sacroiliac, hip, knee and ankle.
First you will see how I use my protocols for examination and evidence based treatment. I will demonstrate my integrated technique approach which includes many of the techniques I have learned in my years of practice.
While I use many technique methods including SOT, Gonstead, Pettibon, etc, I have integrated these with the use of hand held instrument adjusting to get exceptional results very quickly. Instrument adjusting is a major part of the Koch Method.
Then each doctor in attendance will be evaluated and treated by me, and so will get to “feel it” as a patient, personally experiencing the amazingly easy and effective results I get using the ArthroStim, VibraCussor, GRT Lite and SOT blocks, a flat table and a chair. For cervical adjusting I use both the ArthroStim instrument and my version of very precise Gonstead style cervical chair adjusting.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to “do it” by practicing what you have learned on each other or on family members if you have chosen to bring them along.
The small class, personalized, intense See It — Feel It — Do It style of learning is very effective. At the end of the four day class you should be able to immediately go back to work and implement what you have learned.
Part 3 — On the last day you will get a chance to practice what you have learned, ask questions and discuss your special issues. We will also discuss how you can have a successful, referral based, cash practice. And, as time allows I will also demonstrate my unique exercise program. I have a simple spinal maintenance and rehab exercise program I teach patients, as well as a more specialized functional fitness multi-plane exercise program for strengthening your core and upper body without damaging your spine.
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The Main Benefits of Instrument Adjusting
In recent years there have been enormous improvements in the design and technology of hand held chiropractic instruments, as well as in the various technique methods for their use. This has resulted in the opportunity for significantly better, faster results for our patients. It has also resulted in effective treatment options that are much easier on the doctors.
Patients love instrument adjusting. It is gentle and eliminates the joint cracking sounds many find intimidating and offensive. While gentile, it can achieve very fast and dramatic results that “wow” the patients.
Instrument adjusting allows greater precision and versatility in adjusting the spine and extremities. It dramatically reduces the stress on the doctor’s body. Too many chiropractors careers are cut short by injuries which occur at a rate comparable to professional football players.
Put simply, it extends and even saves careers.
Instrument adjusting permits adjusting of the full spine or selected areas in a wide range of positions: the usual prone and supine or with patients sitting or standing or even with the patient in motion. In fact, instruments allow for dynamic adjusting of the patient while walking in place, adding a whole new dimension to the corrective process by allowing adjustments to be made in motion and full weight bearing loads.
Demonstration of Instrument Adjustment Techniques will include:
- Prone adjusting
- Supine adjusting
- Seated adjusting
- Standing adjusting
- In motion adjusting
- Specialized techniques for shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hips, knees, ankles and feet.
- Use of Instruments for Myotome Adjusting
Provide the doctor with a detailed and purposely sequenced protocol for examination leading to evidence based analytical conclusions.
All corrective procedures are chosen to directly address the positive examination findings and conclusions.
Introduce a high level of precision and specificity to the corrective process.
Demonstrate and instruct how instruments can be used in a variety of ways and for various specific results.
Demonstrate how instruments allow us to address specific, objective examination findings and make corrections with a degree of effectiveness that allows the doctor to show immediate functional improvements on post adjustments re-examination. This clearly demonstrates to doctor and patient that his protocol has had a positive effect.
Give participants a chance to work one on one with me for “hands on” practice with the technique protocols I use.
Each attendee will experience my examination and treatment protocols first hand as “the patient” and as the doctor.
Four days, approximately 30 hours — An amazing amount of hands on technique training that is also a lot of fun!