Principles & Techniques

Make Your Mark: Principles and Techniques

The goal of our “I’m READY” campaign is to have all graduates leave Sherman College with the confidence to say, “I’m READY.” Many highly visible areas on campus associated with this campaign are available for support and sponsorship, including our displays of the 33 Principles of Chiropractic Philosophy and various chiropractic techniques taught at Sherman College. 

Sponsoring a Principle or a Technique qualifies you to become a Visionary Regent if you so desire. The following sponsorship opportunities remain.

33 Principles of Chiropractic Philosophy

(12 Available For Sponsorship)


The Function of Force

The function of force is to unite intelligence and matter.


Interference with Transmission of Universal Forces

There can be interference with transmission of universal forces.


The Function of Matter

The function of matter is to express force.


Intelligence in both Organic and Inorganic Matter

Universal Intelligence gives force to both organic and inorganic matter.


Organic Matter

The material of the body of a “living thing” is organized matter.


The Limits of Adaptation

Innate Intelligence adapts forces and matter for the body as long as it can do so without breaking a universal law, or Innate Intelligence is limited by the limitations of matter.


The Character of Innate Forces

The forces of Innate Intelligence never injure or destroy the structure in which they work.


Comparison of Universal and Innate Forces

In order to carry on the universal cycle of life, Universal forces are destructive, and Innate forces constructive, as regards structural matter.


The Normality of Innate Intelligence

Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.


The Conductors of Innate Forces

The forces of Innate Intelligence operate through or over the nerve system in animal bodies.


Interference with Transmission of Innate Forces

There can be interference with transmission of universal forces.


The Causes of Dis-ease

Interference with the transmission of Innate forces causes incoordination or dis-ease.

Chiropractic Techniques

(6 Available For Sponsorship)

Activator Technique

Activator Method is an instrument adjusting technique utilizing a gentle high velocity, low amplitude thrust using the Activator Adjusting Instrument. The presence of subluxation is determined through a unique Leg Length Analysis procedure.

Learn where, when, and more importantly, when not to adjust.
Dr. Arlan Fuhr
Founder Activator Methods

Atlas Orthogonal Technique

Atlas Orthogonal technique focuses on the relationship of the cranium, cervical spine and atlas being at right angles in the frontal dimension (z axis). The cranium and cervical spine should be vertical, and the atlas should be level. These three structures should be orthogonal.

Changing the World an Atlas at a Time.
Sweat Institute for Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic

Blair Technique

Blair focuses on the articular alignment of the cervical spine with emphasis on the craniocervical junction. The procedure involves a precise 3D radiographic analysis and a torque-toggle adjustment, custom-tailored for the patient’s bone structure, to deliver “the adjustment with that extra something.”

We are not looking for the perfectly straight spine, we are looking for the perfectly articulated spine.
Dr. William G. Blair, DC, Ph.C

Diversified Technique

Diversified is a biomechanical approach to subluxation correction requiring an understanding of the dynamics of spinal segments to make specific chiropractic adjustments. Diversified has its roots in the early days of our profession and is the most widely used technique in the profession.

Chiropractic technique is the practical application of our chiropractic philosophy.
Dr. Ron Castellucci
Educator, Pediatric Chiropractor

Knee Chest Technique

The Knee Chest Technique has the patient kneel down onto a specially designed table where they gently turn their head and place a small portion of their chest onto the table. Then a gentle precision vectored force is delivered, that is derived from x-ray analysis to correct the upper cervical spinal misalignment of atlas and axis relative to the opening at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum.

It is a known and accepted fact that the process of learning is largely a process of unlearning... Therefore, the freshman is trained to develop a form, a principle of technic in the art of visualization, that when fully conceived and applied, enables him to solve the problem with a much greater degree of ease when it does arise..."
B.J. Palmer, D.C., Ph.C.
Developer of Chiropractic

Torque Release Technique

A first and only in chiropractic history to be discovered through a randomized, three arm, blinded, placebo controlled clinical trial. A subluxation-based, salutogenic and non-linear tonal model, designed to remove the primary subluxation, a neurological manifestation of the nervous system.

TRT and Chiropractic are not designed to treat a condition or disease, but to manifest a state of well-being and human potential, by adjusting the primary subluxation.
Dr. Jay Holder
Founder Torque Release Technique