What is Micro Alignment Therapy?

Micro Alignment Therapy is a whole body, multi-discipline approach that is gentle, easy to explain and is easy to integrate with any other hands on therapy. It stimulates the body to heal quickly without deep pressure, force or impulse by using the hand as a precise lever in a specific direction to correct soft tissue and joint misalignments.

The science of using mechanical levers has allowed us to progress in many ways. In the chiropractic profession we have made very good use of the knowledge of the body as a complete set of lever systems. We have developed an adjusting paradigm that is focused on impulse adjustments delivered to a joint in an open pack position to restore mobility.

Why use a lever for adjusting joints?

The ability to use our hand as a first class lever for soft tissue and joint correction is virtually unknown and has many applications. The basic reason is that the pisiform bone, used as a first class lever, can generate a great deal of power with comparatively little effort (known as mechanical advantage).

The mechanical advantage of using Micro Alignment Therapy has been conservatively estimated to be 60:1, when any ratio over 2:1 is considered to be an efficient use of energy for a first class lever. Micro Alignment Therapy will expand the scope of practice for many practitioners looking to serve more people with less physical stress and more precise results.

How is it done?

Micro Alignment Therapy uses the pisiform and the first digit eminence as moving fulcrums to reposition joint contacts. All spinal and peripheral joints can be adjusted with one lever motion, without using special adjusting tables or diagnostic equipment. Practitioners may want to continue with their own joint assessments. An appreciation of joint play, static and dynamic palpation and muscle strain/tension patterns can be assessed initially and compared after therapy to note improvement. Body changes occur on many levels due to slow acting postural proprioceptors that reflect symmetry, influence muscle memory and reset an improved normal alignment.

Why is Micro Alignment Therapy so appealing to people?

Micro Alignment Therapy is a gentle, effective and precise therapy that people respond to easily. When your patients get great results and learn how to work with good self-care to restore their muscle and joint balance, they will become regular wellness patients and refer others for your unique services.

Many people are not getting the results they want from traditional hands-on therapy such as massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture or chiropractic. Or they experienced pain during a treatment and are afraid to trust hands on therapy. Sometimes active people develop recurring problems and keep re-injuring themselves with poor body alignment, which responds to good self- care and Micro Alignment Therapy.

How can we as health care practitioners help this growing population of people who want to be active and are frustrated with symptoms that hold them back? How can this lever adjustment be integrated for better results and receive more patient referrals? The Free Report “Secret to learning Micro Alignment Therapy” will explain.

Where did Micro Alignment Therapy originate?

This innovative approach was originally developed by Dr. Robert Young over 40 years ago. He was concerned about the public’s perception of chiropractic and realized he did not want to limit his practice to the standard adjusting methods. He used his inventive nature and talent in engineering to develop lever adjusting. “Robert Goddard Young, DC, ND: Searching for a better way” JCCA 2009: 53(3):205-214 is an excellent article written by Douglas M. Brown DC.


Why is this technique not being utilized by more doctors?

1.  Most chiropractors have never heard of lever adjusting or Micro Alignment Therapy.  They have never had the experience of receiving a lever adjustment or know of patients who prefer lever adjustments.  Many doctors who are aware of its existence have never had the opportunity to learn it (until now).

2.  New scientific paradigms in any profession are not adopted without understanding how they address limitations of the existing paradigm and/or advance the profession.  The role of research is to analyze the accepted paradigms of the profession.  It falls to clinicians to evaluate and incorporate techniques that expand their practice and promote greater utilization of chiropractic.  This technique must be learned to be appreciated, and has only recently become available through Dr. Barbara James.