“As a chiropractic student under the care of a field doctor who performs a specific upper cervical technique, I have tried to be careful at school during exercises in class requiring us to be “mock” patients. In essence, I have decided not to “donate my body” to science at school because of a hockey injury I had experienced by falling backwards on my left lower back when I was a teenager, which tends to flare up periodically. However, September this past year, I allowed a student to practice a full spine technique on me during a laboratory exercise to help them out in their pursuit of perfecting their craft. Within hours, I started to experience a feeling of instability and weakness develop in my lower back, near to where I was injured 18 years ago. After a few days, I could hardly get out of bed. I was waking up every hour or so in excruciating pain. Barely able to bend over to put on my socks and tie my shoes the pain got so bad I couldn’t walk without a limp. A day later, I had x-rays taken and discovered that the degeneration in my low back has progressed so much that I have what is referred to as “degenerative spondylolisthesis.” Basically, my L5 vertebra is placed more forward (toward my belly button) than my sacrum. Typically affecting people in their 50s-60s, this was surprising to me because I’m only 33. I immediately went to my regular chiropractor, and he performed his usual analysis by adjustment my atlas according to his protocol, but it didn’t help at all. He even tried to correct the vertebrae in my lower spine, but nothing. I was at my wits end. This was the FIRST time he wasn’t able to fix my back and I was losing hope that this would be a quick fix.
After giving my situation some considerable prayer-time (nothing like excruciating pain to bring someone on their knees, huh?) I felt led to see Dr. Kirkpatrick so he could analyze me via his Torque Release Technique. When he adjusted me that first day, things didn’t “miraculously” get back to normal, but I felt a distinct change in my body’s tone and the muscle spasms seemed to lessen a little (almost immediately). That night, I only woke up a couple times because of discomfort (not horrible pain) and getting out of bed was much easier. Putting on my clothes that day and walking around was much easier as well and I started to get some hope that I would be better soon. Still thinking it would take a few weeks to a couple months to get back to normal, because that’s what it took a friend of mine to recover from a similar situation, I saw Dr. Rick the next day and he performed an adjustment that he told me was quite rare. Immediately, I felt the release of negative energy leave my body, my muscles started to relax and within a few hours I was completely PAIN FREE! HALLELUJAH!
I am grateful that Dr. Rick has spent the time and energy to perfect his technique. He’s truly a fantastic doctor. Thank God for Dr. Rick, he’s such a blessing!!”