The Zone Technique
In Chiropractic

What is the
Zone Technique
in Chiropractic?

The Zone Technique is a chiropractic healing method which uses biomechanical and neurological input to restore health by improving the brain’s communication with the six zones of the body.

Originally created by Dr. Thurman Fleet in 1931, he taught the following:

"There are only six disturbances that can affect the human body: glandular, eliminative, nervous, digestive, muscular and circulatory. Therefore, all diseased conditions, aches and pains, and other discomforts experienced by the body can be attributed to one or more of the above disturbances to the body's six systems or Zones." - Dr. Thurman Fleet

What are the six zones of the body?

Click on the buttons to highlight and see a visual representation of the body's Zones:

image explaining the zone technique in chiropractic care
1. The Glandular System: The body's thermostat

How does the Zone Technique work?

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The Brain's Centers

According to Dr Fleet, the human brain is composed of many centers. These centers form in the embryonic stage of life and develop from the dorsomedial ectoderm of the embryo. There is a center that controls the body's glands, which is associated with the organs of elimination. This center regulates the central nervous system and is differentiated as an ectodermal neural plate in the dorsomedial region of the ectoderm.

image of chiropractic adjusment using zone technique

The Centers' Functions

A brain center regulates the digestive organs. In the brain's motor cortex, we find a center which controls all of the body's muscles, and in the caudate nuclei (both), we see the center which regulates the flow of fluids (circulation) through the body. Because the body may be appropriately classified as an ELECTRICAL MACHINE, these six brain centers represent the POSITIVE POLE of the body, and specific related points in the spinal cord represent the NEGATIVE POLE of the body. Therefore, when there is a disturbance in any bodily areas, one or more of these centers are "shorted out."

The entire center's normal function has been disrupted due to emotional, physical, or chemical stress.

Using the Zone Technique to
Fix Brain Centers

Dr Shelby examines the patient to determine which brain centers are not in harmony with their control systems. To decide what zones are not balanced, Dr Shelby feels specific points on the patient's head. These points are related to the six brain centers by nerve connections. When a brain center does not send the proper signals to its designated system, all bodily material associated with it will suffer. To correct this, Dr Shelby stimulates specific points in the spinal cord.

Six sets of four points in the spinal cord (negative pole) are related to the six brain centers (positive pole). Stimulation of the proper points by Dr Shelby sends healing energy up the spinal cord to the brain centers that need balancing. The balanced brain centers can then send the appropriate signals to the body's systems, and the body is better able to heal itself.

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