TBM and IBD
TBM (Total Body Modification) and its offshoot technique IBD (Integrated Bio-Dynamics) are
offshoots of Applied Kinesiology.
They use the neuromuscular reflex tests and body access points to access the body's bio-
computer, the nervous system, and read the functionality of its programs.
We recognize that certain conditions produce predictable reflex subluxation patterns in the
Corrections are usually made by means of respiratory spinal treatment of these patterns, or by
either soft tissue or joint
TBM may sometimes look like magic to the uninformed, because when the right thing is done to
the right body part, at the right time,
seemingly, miracles happen!
But, even though it appears so incredible, it is eminently repeatable, teachable and learnable.
The procedures are repeatable from practitioner to practitioner and can correct physiological
imbalance established from in-utero life onward.
For those who need to know which nerve pathways are being used , here they are:
The cornerstone of IBD is the muscle test in which a client’s normally strong muscle (the
“indicator” muscle) becomes weak when the examiner touches a hand to the reflex zone related
to an ailing or dis-regulated part of the body. This approach is a simple but effective way to
assess the ANS. It has long been demonstrated that organ dysfunction, injury and visceral
disease change the electrical properties of the skin, as measured by altered skin resistance.
(1), (2), (3), (4)
The testing method used with IBD is based on the following neuro-physiological principles:
1) The skin’s normal electrodermal activity is always measured as a negative polarity, with
the skin of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet being 10- 25 millivolts more
negative than the rest of the skin.
2) The skin over a diseased area or injury has a positive charge.
3) A “capacitor” is formed when simultaneous contact is made between 1) and 2) above,
based on the physics principle of two parallel plates (hand and skin) having the ability to
store an electrical charge.
4) The skin is the largest ANS controlled “organ”. Reflex zones have been established for
various tissues organs and functions on the surface of the skin.
5) Unmyelinated autonomic and sensory fibres (80% of all ANS fibres) innervating the
skin’s surface stimulates enough electron flow to produce this microcurrent between hand
6) This microcurrent then excites the nerve cell bodies of the posterior horn of the spinal
7) Nerve fibre connections are then formed with the sympathetic motor region of the
lateral horn and the alpha and gamma motor neurons of the anterior horn of the spinal
8 ) These sympathetic motor
fibres next innervate the intrafusal muscle spindle fibres,
and the alpha and gamma motor neurons innervate the extrafusal
fibres, which are
directly connected to the
Golgi tendon organs (GTO’s) of the muscles. The GTO’s are
responsible for muscle tone, and protect a muscle from tearing.
9) The sympathetic innervation of the muscle spindles is responsible for an increase or
decrease in “local” muscle tone, as well as remote muscle weakness over a number of
spinal cord segments. See (7) above. Put another way, a weakness over the kidney area
can trigger a weakness in the psoas major muscle of the leg because it is on the same
energetic “circuit” as the kidney.
10) Impulses reach the spinal cord within milliseconds. These also communicate with
central nervous system centres as well. (e.g. the reticular activating system and cerebral
cortex), This causes weakness of an “indicator” muscle via descending inhibitory nerve
pathways to the motor neurons of the anterior and lateral horn.
11) If a previously strong “indicator” muscle becomes weak, a functional ANS disturbance
is said to be present, also known as an “interference field” or area of “therapy
12) The appropriateness, priority and proper sequencing of the treatment phase of the
Non-linear protocol is determined via the IBD principle of “two-pointing”. That is the
strength of the “indicator” muscle changes polarities again (e.g. from weak to strong)
when the substance which will correct the ANS disturbance is introduced into the client’s
The validity of the testing is influenced by the amount of effort and focus on the process by the
patient as well as the doctor. A sloppy test can only provide a sloppy result. So it is very
important to apply focused attention to any of the directions given to you, as your ability to
comply with those directions will determine the usefulness of the results obtained by this method.
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AS A MATTER OF INTEREST
Checking Blind Spots to see if there are neurological changes
The claims of both TBM and IBD are that the activation of the appropriate reflex does cause a
change in the activity or the nervous system which in turn should improve the function of the
body. So as a matter of interest, I did a blind spot test to see what sort of changes are in fact
able to be brought about on a "brain level".
We all have a blind spot in each eye. The blind spot represents a part of the eye where the
optic nerve joins the eye ball itself to the brain. In this portion of the eye there is no retina. So
you can't see at this "spot".
In an ideal state, the blind spot should be as small as possible. That way we have a more
complete view of the world around us. By mapping (measuring) the blind spots, we can assess
the functioning of the brain circuitry related to vision. Blind spots are never perfectly symmetrical
even under the most ideal circumstances, since we all have some variation between our left and
right sides. The same is true of our eye sight as well.
So what I did to test this is to do a blind spot mapping which resulted in the following chart:
Then I tested a reflex on the body that caused a weakening of a previously strong indicator
Then the appropriate reflex points were stimulated as indicated by both IBD and TBM systems
(the treatment phase)..
After the treatment phase, I then re-tested the blind spots which resulted in the following "map".
So what can be said is that yes there is a change in the nervous system as a result of the
stimulation of the appropriate IBD and TBM reflexes. Since the treatment also negated the
previously weakened indicator muscle, we now know that the change induced is not only in the
muscle but also in the in the nervous system as well.
I have found using these reflexes are helpful, quick to test, quick to activate the reflexes and are
at times the only thing that will bring about a change in a faulty body function.
So if you see me touching you on some part of your body and testing a muscle, and tapping on
some part of your body, you now will know that I am testing and treating your nervous system.
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here is another view of TBM:
Tarchanoff, J. Uber die
galvanischen Er scheinungen an der Haut des Menschen bei
Reizung der Sinnesorgane und bie Vershiedenen Formender psychischen Tatigkeit.
Pflug. Arch. Ges. Physiol., 46:46-5 5, 1890.
2 Becker, R. O., G. Selden. The Body Electric. Quill Publishers, N.Y., 1985, p. 62-65.
Low, P. A. Clinical Autonomic
Disorders. Little, Brown, & Co., Boston,1993, p. 232-239.
4 Korr, I. M. The Collected Paper of Irvin M. Korr. American Academy of Osteopathy,
Newark, OH, 1979, p. 17-89.