Dr. John Brimhall has been referred to as “The Father of Wellness Care in Chiropractic”. He graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1971 and since that time he has become an author, lecturer, formulator of over 50 nutritional products, developer of the Brimhall Wellness Program and inventor. In addition to his chiropractic degree, he holds a BS in Nutrition and he is a Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.
Dr. Brimhall’s approach is based on a principle that he developed called “The Six steps to Wellness”. In this model he identifies six major parts of, what he refers to as the “health puzzle”. Dr. Brimhall claims that in order for a person to hold a chiropractic adjustment, all six parts of the health puzzle must be addressed. He states that “subluxation causes disease, but we must identify what causes the subluxation(s) for each patient”. According to Dr. Brimhall, the six puzzle pieces of health include:
- Structural Imbalance
- Electromagnetic Radiation
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Allergies and Sensitivities
- Negative Emotional Patterns
The “Structural Imbalance” part of the puzzle involves subluxations that interfere with the body’s nervous system. The Brimhall technique identifies these subluxations and treats them using standard manual chiropractic adjustments as well as adjusting instruments such as the percussor and the adjustor.
The “Electromagnetic Radiation” part of the puzzle refers to the fact that, in today’s technology environment our body is constantly being bombarded by electromagnetic interference from cell phones, computers, power lines and fluorescent lights – just to name a few. Electromagnetic interference has been linked to chronic conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, arthritis and back pain. Dr. Brimhall’s technique provides patients with methods to combat the negative effects of electromagnetic radiation. For example a simple muti-polar magnet, no bigger than a credit card, can be used to protect patients from the negative effects of technology.
The “Nutritional Deficiencies” part of the puzzle involves the prescription of supplements based on the patient’s needs. These supplements are designed to replenish nutrition for organs, glands or systems weakness, aid digestion, and restore proper bowel flora to optimize colon function.
The “Allergies and Sensitivities” piece of the puzzle refers to the abnormal response of the body to a harmless stimulus. Brimhall uses a technique known as the A/SERT technique to address these allergies. This technique is a modification of Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). The procedure involves muscle testing to identify specific allergens that are causing blockages in the meridians of the body.
The “Negative Emotional Patterns” piece of the puzzle is based on the premise that most patients’ symptoms are rarely triggered by physical causes alone. According to Dr. Brimhall, negative emotions may interfere with the chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Brimhall utilizes techniques that will help clear negative emotions. Some of the techniques used to address this piece of the puzzle include muscle testing, color therapy, emotional release therapy and behavior modification.
The last piece of the puzzle is “Toxicity” and this refers to the fact that harmful toxins that we encounter in the environment may cause a variety of health complications including arthritis, allergies, chronic pain, autoimmune disease, and inflammation just to name a few. Dr. Brimhall points out the fact that these toxins are everywhere and they are impossible to avoid. The Brimhall Wellness Program teaches a variety of detoxification techniques to help eliminate these harmful toxins.
It is important to note that as part of the method for diagnosing and identifying specific structural imbalances, electromagnetic radiation, nutritional deficiencies, allergies and sensitivities, negative emotional patterns, and toxicities, the Brimhall technique incorporates AK muscle testing as a primary diagnostic tool.