How TBM Originated

I wish to introduce you to a system of healing that has grown out of acupuncture, naturopathy, radionics and, most of all, chiropractic. It is called Total Body Modification (TBM) and has been taught throughout the world, largely to chiropractors, since 1978. The principal founder and developer of TBM, Victor L. Frank, D.C., N.M.D., passed away in 2010 and handed the reins over to me a few months before then. Due to advanced aging and a series of personal and family crises, Dr. Frank and his wife, Diane, were unable to continue to grow TBM for many years. As a result, fewer and fewer practitioners have been exposed to it. I am working to reverse that trend and perpetuate this simple and amazing holistic approach and system of healing.

TBM is member of the Applied Kinesiology (AK) family. Dr. Frank was a close associate of George Goodhart, D.C., the father of AK, in AK’s earliest years. Dr. Frank, however, felt AK was becoming overly complex, time-consuming and laborious. As he would often put it, “AK is too much like work!” In the early 1970’s, Robert Riddler, D.C., another early associate of Dr. Goodhart, was developing Body Points to simplify the AK evaluation. He borrowed from chiropractic’s Meric system to systematize corrections for the dysfunctions found through Body Point analysis. Dr. Frank began utilizing Dr. Riddler’s technique with his patients and was pleased with many of the results, but found them to not always be consistent, and again a bit too laborious. He, and his colleague Harold Havlic, D.C., began to innovate and TBM was born.

Along with further pioneering of Body Points, Dr. Frank introduced the use of test vials. He had a background in radionics and began using a radionics machine to charge small ampoules of water with the electromagnetic signature of allergens, pathogens, and toxins. He would then place the vial upon the sternum of his patients and perform an AK muscle test. He interpreted a weakness to indicate a functional deficiency related to the particular substance he had charged into the vial. The TBM system of Harmonization was developed as a means to resolve that functional deficiency. TBM Harmonization allows us to quickly assess our patients for sensitivities to foods, environmental substances and body tissue, as well as the ability to eliminate toxins and address infections. Once a dysfunction is determined, correction, or Harmonization, can usually be achieved rapidly through contacting and correcting the appropriate Body Point.

Dr. Frank also introduced the first AK-based emotional work at the inaugural ICAK meeting in 1973. He presented a technique he called Emotional Erase. Through this technique, we are able to quickly assess a patient’s toxic emotions and, by gentle rubbing upon specific locations and in specific directions on the forehead, “erase” the toxic emotions. The cycle of emotionally-based illness becomes free to unravel and sound emotional responses to life’s stressors restored.

The TBM system also includes additional acupressure, dietary, nutritional and lifestyle interventions. TBM care begins with an 18 week program that we call the Autonomic Recovery Program. The aim is to restore healthy global and function-specific autonomic regulation. This includes, most importantly, restoring healthy blood sugar management.

Historically, the TBM seminars included many spinal and extraspinal adjustments that required a solid background in joint manipulation. This limited the seminars to chiropractors and osteopaths. Recently, however, non-adjustive corrections have been developed and refined for all of the TBM corrections. “But I can adjust,” you say? Do not worry, the original adjustment versions are now included into our seminar tailored and limited to those who are trained in manipulation, Module A: The Art of Chiropractic (Art).

All TBM seminars, excluding Module A, are open to all career health professionals, so long as there is a background in anatomy and physiology. If not, then preparation can be accomplished by completing TBM’s sister training course, Energetic Systems Maintenance (ESM). See for more information. Module A is only open to those trained and licensed to perform cavitational joint manipulation.

I had been working as a holistic chiropractor for quite some time before studying TBM. It has dramatically simplified my patient care and allowed me to successfully work with all manner of chronic and advanced cases including arthritic, auto-immune, mood and cognitive, endocrine, immune, stress-related, sleep and digestive disorders with relative ease. While nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy can often be very effective with such cases on their own, TBM builds upon that by adding a “bio-computer” component that often produces immediate and dramatic results. This motivates patients and brings more fun into the practice.

I hope to see you at a TBM seminar soon.

Kevin S. Millet, D.C.