Frequently Asked Questions
D.N.F.T. is an abbreviation for Directional Non-Force Technique© and is the original light force method of chiropractic. The late Dr. Richard VanRumpt of Santa Barbara, California began research on this method in 1923 and taught the technique throughout the country for forty-five years. Since 1986 Dr. John, his successor, has been continuing Dr. VanRumpt’s innovative work.
The purpose of D.N.F.T. is to relieve pain and improve health by structurally aligning the body and thereby removing nerve interference. When the nervous system is free from the distress of structural insults, it can orchestrate the natural healing potential of the body..
Using a precise method of locating misalignments, and a less invasive technique, helps patients respond and heal more quickly than with more invasive approaches to chiropractic care.
This procedure allows the patient’s body itself to indicate the existence and precise location of nerve interference, as well as the directions of misalignment. With such precise information, it requires no more than a light thumb thrust to introduce a complete correction to any structure in the body.
The effectiveness of these treatments results in fewer office visits.
Many patients or potential chiropractic patients have been reluctant to receive chiropractic care because they do not like the torque, stronger force, and associated sounds which they might experience with conventional chiropractic.
D.N.F.T. involves no hard thrusts or popping sounds because the correction is delivered by a light impulse of the thumb.
Many patients appreciate the specificity and attention to detail which results in profound and permanent corrections to their problems. Patients also appreciate that there is no uncomfortable twisting of the neck or spine to complete the adjustments.
Another advantage of D.N.F.T. is that fewer visits are required for both initial correction and maintenance.
Direct Non-Force Chiropractic has statistically demonstrated the ability to handle all chiropractic structural problems with the fewest number of visits. Of course, the number of visits will vary with each patient according to the nature of the problem, the patient’s history, the extent of the involved area, and other factors.
On average, a given area (such as neck or low back) may take two to eight adjustments to achieve complete alignment of that area. A full spine correction may take six to ten treatments for the average patient. A very difficult or complicated case might take longer.
With D.N.F.T. chiropractic, frequent visits are not necessary once a problem has been completely corrected. If there is a new injury or a new aggravation of a previous injury, a patient might need an adjustment.
The most common cause of spinal misalignments is trauma. Trauma, however, may take many different forms including even small pressure but on a specific point over a period of time.
Other causes of misalignments are emotions and toxins. Stress may accentuate or exaggerate the effect of misalignments which are already present.
If one feels many pains under stress, then it is an indication that misalignments have already been there. It is our experience that mild to moderate stress on a properly aligned patient does not alter corrections. In fact, patients who received a D.N.F.T. adjustment while under emotional or work-related pressure report an increased ability to handle stress in general.
Dr. Aine Sweeney is one of the most gifted chiropractors in her profession. From her easy-going nature to her amazing talent of helping ailing patients without the snap, crackle and popping. —Zach R., Felton