The Zone Technique is a chiropractic approach to treating patients that involves evaluating the 6 systems of the body, or zones. Chiropractors will look for tender points on the body and know which zone to adjust, leading to great results for patients.
How do you explain what the Zone Technique is?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: Well, the Zone Technique is my foundational chiropractic approach that I use to evaluate and treat nervous system disturbances in the body. To give you a little background, the approach was pioneered by a chiropractor back in the 1930s by the name of Thurman Fleet. Dr. Fleet was sought after as a great healer by large numbers of patients, thousands upon thousands, due to his great success in helping people with his approach.
At his institution, the Concept Therapy Organization, one of my colleagues, Peter Goldman, who is an instructor of mine, continue to teach doctors the approach. I am certified in the approach, and it has been great with regard to the results we get with our patients.
The Zone Technique doctor evaluates the patient from a perspective that there are only six kinds of disturbances that can affect the human body, and they relate to the six different systems of our body. For instance, the glandular system, which is zone one, refers to our endocrine hormone system. Zone two is the eliminative system, which has to do with toxic release from our lungs, our kidneys, our colon. There is the nervous system, the digestive system, the muscular system, and the circulatory system.
All disease conditions, aches and pains, and other discomforts that are experienced by the body can be attributed to an imbalance of those zones; that is what has been discovered by Dr. Fleet. So, as an example, if there is an imbalance in the eliminative system, which is our toxic release system, then the patient might have breathing problems or colon problems. That might have begun as a result of maybe an imbalance in their immune system. That could have allowed them to develop, say, an infection. But what we then see is an imbalance of that eliminative system.
Another example might be an imbalance in the muscle system. A patient might present with symptoms of fibromyalgia, which is widespread pain in the neck and back. So, if there is an imbalance of the body due to the nervous system, just as an example, the nervous system zone, the zone chiropractor determines where the imbalance of that system is and how it might be failing, and then we are able to treat it from there. So that is the best explanation I can give you at this point.
How is the Zone Technique different from other forms of chiropractic treatment?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: The most common condition that a chiropractor treats is a misalignment of the vertebrae called subluxation. There are various methods in our field used to evaluate a patient. Many methods entail using diagnostics, like X-ray analysis or surface EMG. My approach starts with a thorough case history, physical examination, a postural analysis, a zone analysis, and then I also marry that with surface EMG and a radiographic examination. It is a very complete examination.
The Zone Technique is different because it is a more effective way at determining how a patient’s system is out of balance, and it gives the practitioner an easier and more reliable way to evaluate treatment results.
So, when a patient returns to me and says, “I don’t know what you did, but I feel great,” or, “That last adjustment was awesome,” that tells me I’m doing something right, or more right than ever, and that’s why I choose the Zone Technique as a foundational approach. I have been doing this for 31 years, and I was introduced to the Zone Technique less than a year ago. As a 31 year practitioner, I am more excited about what I do than ever.
Using the Zone Technique, what is the typical treatment session like for a patient?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: Well, the patient will come into the office. They will lie down on my treatment table, and then I evaluate specific cranial points that relate to the different systems. There is a technique in chiropractic and osteopathy called cranial sacral technique, so this is a specific cranial analysis. In acupuncture, acupuncturists use pulse analysis to diagnose disorders. The Zone Technique uses cranial zones to diagnose or approach it from there.
Once we find a positive point, which is a tender point, then we know what specific zones of the spine to treat. So, it is the sequence of adjustments, specifically four adjustments for each zone, that create a more profound nervous system effect.
What conditions respond the best to this treatment?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: Well, chiropractors are well known for treating the common muscle tension, headache, neck pain, and back pain, and of course we are also known for helping patients with disc pathology like disc herniations, and of course muscle imbalances. The Zone Technique is very effective at treating those imbalances.
What we cannot say is that we’re going to cure something. But what we can say is what we’re doing is we are alleviating stress in the nervous system. What we see is an anecdotal response where a patient might say, “Gosh, my breathing is better,” or, “My sinuses are draining better,” or, “I have more energy.” So, when it comes to the main conditions, what we say is we are treating the nervous system, and what we want to see is, are we getting an improvement in that condition?
But to give you an example, I had a recent case where a younger patient at age 14 was diagnosed by their medical doctor with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is a severe digestive distress where the patient will experience a digestive or gastrointestinal gas, distention, bloating, diarrhea. With the zone approach, I diagnosed, or it revealed that there was GI distress at zone four, which is the GI system. After three treatments, her systems were greatly relieved with not even a major change in diet, and she stopped her medication.
Does being treated with the Zone Technique lead to better overall health and wellness?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: That is a great question. Well, the Zone Technique, and really any other approach that a patient responds to, is going to lead to better overall health. What we teach here at DeSalvo Chiropractic is that it is important to get enough rest, eat right, exercise, make sure you’re taking in enough water. Obviously an improved or highly functioning nervous system, optimal nervous system function is important, and supplementation to supplement the diet is good. That is what’s going to lead to a better overall health.
And of course, you need to be with a practitioner who is efficient and confident in what they do. You want to make sure that you are in with a practitioner that leads to a good fit. Because when you’re with a practitioner that gives you confidence and you feel comfortable with, then that is going to lead to overall health, or better overall health.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Douglas DeSalvo please visit www.desalvochiropractic.com or call 415-898-6888 to schedule an appointment.