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Back Pain Helped with Koren Specific Technique (KST)


Holistic Practitioner Spotlight with Dr. Tedd Koren, Chiropractor, Researcher, Teacher and Clinician

We are speaking with Dr. Tedd Koren, DC,  nationally known chiropractor, as developer of the Koren Specific Technique (KST); a way of reading what the body needs to heal by identifying specific changes of the occipital bone of the skull to help identify imbalances within the body.

Tell Us a Story About  a Patient Experiencing Back Pain and How You Helped

Shortly after discovering KST -Koren Specific Technique – it seemed as though the universe was conspiring to educate me – I was getting patients I never knew I could help before.

For example, Alex, a man in his 40s who was suffering with severe back pain, entered my office. He said he had seen six other doctors – multiple chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists with no lasting relief. An orthopedic surgeon scheduled Alex for back surgery but just before a friend of his told him to see me as a last resort. “What do you have to lose?” his concerned friend said to a reluctant Alex.

Alex came in disgusted and apparently at the end of his rope. He was hunched over and in obvious pain, especially when changing positions. Fortunately for him, I didn’t need to have him lay down on a table to work on him. With KST we can work on a patient in any position. In fact, we find that it’s best to work on a patient in the position they were in when first injured. This is known as the posture of stress (POS). Sometimes you can ask a patient to “make it hurt” because when they are in pain, the damage causing the pain can be more easily revealed, and corrected. The physically injured area is known to also trap emotional energy, so placing the patient in that position communicates a bigger picture and allows the bound up energy to then be released.

I evaluated Alex’s spine and using KST, I found two discs that had been bulging and some lumbar vertebrae (spinal bones in the lower back) that were locked up, not moving and causing severe pain. KST and the “wisdom” of the body gave me the roadmap to not only know what needed to be corrected, but more importantly, in what order. I was able to make corrections quickly and methodically using a simple instrument that gently taps on the appropriate areas.

This wasn’t magic or accidental.

It was a search for what his body wanted corrected and in the order it wanted the corrections done. I tapped certain areas on the outside of his body to do what surgeons were hoping to do by cutting him open.  My way was a lot less expensive, less painful (actually it wasn’t painful at all) and didn’t involve any anesthesia, bleeding, hospital stay or repeat surgery.  I mention repeat surgery because approximately half of all back surgeries fail – and the patient is in pain again, and may have another operation, and then another and live a life of intractable pain and permanent disability.

A few minutes later, after a few corrections, he said, “Excuse me, I gotta go out and make a phone call.”  Alex walked into the parking area. When he came back to the office, I asked, “Are things all right?” I expected to hear about some family emergency. “Things are great,” he said. “I called the surgeon and cancelled the surgery.”

Every part of the body is directly or indirectly related to the structural system as a whole.

A few weeks later I found out that Alex and his son went -with full packs – on a 25-mile hike with the Boy Scouts. I lost track of the number of people he referred to me, including his grandson who was a bed wetter. The bed-wetting (enuresis) disappeared after one visit using KST.

We’ve discovered that if the femur head (thigh bone) is out of position the person can have knee and foot pain – and neck pain due to compensation. We’ve discovered that sacroiliac (SI) pain can be immediately resolved when the pubic bone is corrected. Carpal tunnel pain is corrected when the upper back (upper thoracic) is corrected.  Digestive problems can be addressed when the mid back (mid thoracic) area is corrected, and so on.

Why and When Did You Choose the Holistic Path?

I was attracted to this method because it seemed gentler, safer and less costly.  Instead of giving medications, a person’s body makes their own medications – everything needed for a healthy long life. Today modern medicine is watching a society with increasing chronic illness, and has little to offer. With KST, we can locate the cause of much chronic illness – cancer, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, asthma, allergies – and often free the patient from a lifetime of suffering.

What Lessons Have Your Work and Personal Experiences Taught You?

One of the best things about teaching KST is that the students run with the ball and use KST protocols to find all kinds of things about a patient/client.  You can use KST to locate what the body wants done first and it may be counter to your preconceived ideas.

By incorporating body biofeedback we humble ourselves and let the body guide us. The body may send us to places we’d never expect.

For example, I had a patient who had had back surgery and suffered from sciatica for years. Sciatica, as you know, is a very painful condition that may make it impossible for a person to stand or sit more than a few minutes, or walk more than a few feet. Sciatica has many different ways of expression, but all of them involve pain and disability.

Using KST, I was led to tap the patient’s elbow. What does the elbow have to do with sciatica? After all, the sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and extends down the leg.  But one thing I’ve learned, is don’t question the body, don’t try to be smarter than the wisdom of the body. The body has its own rules. So I tapped her elbow. At that moment she exclaimed, “My sciatica is gone!”  That was a few years ago and her sciatica has never returned. I know because she still comes in for periodic checkups for stress release and re-balancing.

There are many things in life we don’t quite understand but have faith in. So many people and practitioners are talented in many fields and only need the humility of asking the wisdom of the body what to do. KST is not some airy-fairy “new age” concept but an ancient practice and has proved itself over thousands of years in nearly every culture.  How does it work? The mechanism has been acknowledged in modern physics as resonance – and is being used to explain remote healing, biofeedback, non-local communication (such as ESP), dowsing and other practices. The methods we use may be beyond comprehension, but as long as it is safe, gentle and effective, it’s a very useful tool.

What Would You Like Your Patients to Know About Your Services that They May Not be Aware of?

We’ve taught nearly 4,000 professionals (and a number of lay people). KST at our seminars offer a safe, natural and gentle approach to getting information from the patient’s (or the practitioner’s own) body.  KST is used to do more than help people who are in pain – we help people with allergies, asthma, dyslexia, we help improve sports performance, in part because the person has better balance.

However many athletes have emotional issues associated with the game that interferes with them reaching their potential. After all, what’s the difference between a gold, silver and bronze medal – it could be a fraction of a second.  Emotional stress, even on a subconscious level can slow them down a fraction of a second. We can often help mental as well as physical stress.


Dr. Koren survived public school in Brooklyn, NY. His professional education was at Sherman College of Chiropractic where he graduated as class valedictorian. He has made original contributions to chiropractic and natural healing – philosophy, science and practice and fought (and beat) the FTC over the issue of healthcare freedom.

Dr. Koren discovered Koren Specific Technique (KST) after he was in an accident and suffered from years of pain and disability. He saw 40-50 healthcare providers but found no lasting relief. With nowhere else to turn he began to experiment on himself and discovered KST – he was pain-free in five days – after ten years of suffering. His wife suffered from migraines that no one could help – she was his second patient. He discovered where her stress was being held and released it quickly and easily. She never had another migraine again. Dr. Koren’s real education then began.

Tedd Koren, DC
Chiropractor and Researcher
Koren Specific Technique
777-K Schwab Road
Hatfield, PA.   19440

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