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KST—Koren Specific Technique

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Get adjusted without the “snap, crackle, pop”

by Ann Charlotte Valentin

Some people may not seek out chiropractic care because they dislike or are afraid of getting “cracked.” Koren Specific Technique (KST) was developed by Doctor of Chiropractic Tedd Koren in the early 2000s, and is a gentle approach to analyzing and correcting subluxations within the body/mind system. It uses a binary biofeedback technique and gentle tapping with an instrument called ArthroStim, a Food and Drug Administration-approved medical device. By using the biofeedback system, the practitioner is able to tap into the body’s innate wisdom to locate blockages and restore the energetic and physical harmony of the body. KST is so gentle it can even be used on infants!

By testing the body using the biofeedback technique “challenge, check and correct,” the practitioner learns where the problem areas are in the body. This technique allows the practitioner to quickly and accurately locate structural problems, as well as other blockages and interferences in the body/mind system.

The technique works as follows:

Challenge: The practitioner gently touches the affected areas of body.

Check: Using a binary biofeedback system, occipital drop (OD), the practitioner will receive answers (yes or no), which guide the practitioner to the area that needs correction. To use the OD, the practitioner gently puts his or her hands at the back of the patient’s head.

Correct: The practitioner uses the ArthroStim to correct and release problem areas.

Common problems that KST can help correct include: back and neck pain, sciatica, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, headaches and migraines, asthma, heart palpitations, hypertension, emotional trauma, digestive issues, eye problems, sinus problems, attention-deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and many more conditions.

Structurally, KST corrects the entire spine, rib cage, cranial bones, pelvic girdles, discs, extremities, sternum and internal organs. When the spine is out of alignment, other bones in the body compensate for the misalignment, and the rib cage often needs to be adjusted as well in order for the spine to hold its correction. The cranial bones are also often involved in many symptoms, as well as allowing the spinal corrections to hold. Your body is interconnected to all its parts, and by correcting only one area and forcing the spine back in place often doesn’t allow for the body to adjust and hold this new position, as the underlying cause of the subluxation wasn’t addressed.

Because KST uses a biofeedback system, it is possible to locate and correct emotional problems, allergies, addictions, dental issues, dyslexia and other problem areas in the body that are contributing to the symptoms experienced by the patient. As KST is a gentle technique, there is no “over-adjusting” or “popping and cracking” of the spine.

For more information or to schedule a KST session, call Ann Charlotte Valentin, NMD, of Center for Integrative Medicine, at 602-888-2320, or visit or Valentin trained with Tedd Koren, DC. She also has postgraduate education in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, emotional release technique, BodyTalk, as well as bioidentical hormones. She will be releasing her first book in November, Med School After Menopause, The Journey of My Soul, and also works as an evidential medium and spiritual educator.