When Your Body Holds on to an Injury

Today I want to share a technique that I learned from Dr. Wally Schmitt and Dr. Kerry McCord back when I attended chiropractic school outside of Chicago.

The technique is called Injury Recall Technique and is used to address any trauma/injury both recent and old (injuries can date back to birth!) that often may still be causing pain or problems.

Whenever we sustain an injury, little or big, our body is meant to react in certain ways. This includes activating certain musculoskeletal (certain muscles tighten and weaken) and neurological (pain signaling) responses to protect the body from further damage. These responses are meant to be in place for a temporary time period, until the threat to injury and injury itself have resolved.

Sometimes, these musculoskeletal and neurological responses do not cease for long after they should have. Sometimes, the body holds on to the injury as a sort of memory. This can cause continued pain signaling and neuro-musculoskeletal imbalances, resulting in pain and other symptoms.

IRT, or Injury Recall Technique, helps to eliminate these responses and erase the injury memory, thus allowing the pain signaling to end and the brain and body to begin fully healing the injury and resolving the symptoms. 

IRT involves muscle testing to determine the site of injury. We then apply stimulus to the affected area, plus certain treatments such as flexion to the head and neck or compression of the ankle joints along with origin/insertion muscle activation techniques, as well as other treatment techniques to address the old injury. We determine this with our tool of muscle testing.

We then re-muscle test to make sure that the injury has in fact processed and the body and brain is no longer locked in the old injury pattern. 

I have done this technique on patients with major injuries such as broken bones and strain sprains, to surgeries including laser eye surgery and major organ surgeries, to naval piercings and tattoos, and many more. The impact that these small to large injuries can have on the body can be vast. I am so grateful to have the tool of IRT to address them!