Dr. Joe always says “chiropractic care is the most effective, least expensive treatment for most back pain.” Chiropractic care is a way to diagnose and treat health problems that affect the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of the body. Statistically, patient risk is substantially lower when receiving chiropractic care as opposed to medical care. To ensure the safety of our patients we require x-rays, but don’t worry because x-rays are included in the first visit fee.
How does it work?
We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine. Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend.
Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine. With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth, and angle that are used are the result of years of experience, practice, and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.
Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees, and other joints of the body.
What patients often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality.
Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.
Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) was originally formulated by Major Bertrand DeJarnette (The Major) who was a Doctor (chiropractor and osteopath) and Engineer in the 1920’s. The Major was inspired to go beyond simple spinal adjusting and developed methods of correcting the Cranium, Pelvis, Extremities and Organs. This study brought about a system of adjusting patterns in the body, not just single body parts. The most significant pattern was the relationship between the sacrum and occiput (which became the name of the technique).
An important distinction of SOT is the use of indicators. Each adjustment has a sign or signal that we use to know when and where to adjust. For example, muscle tension at the knee may indicate the pelvis needs correction, and connective tissue fibers at the base of the skull (called occipital fibers) indicate different vertebrae in the back or spine may be in need of an adjustment. This also tells us on the next visit if the correction has been completely or marginally effective. From these indicators, we design a different adjustment set on each visit, listening to the body each time. It takes study to master this method of care, but it makes for an effective, precise adjustment without relying exclusively on x-rays.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.
The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.
Soft Tissue Orthopedics
Soft tissue orthopedics is directly adjusting the organs in your body. For example many people have digestive issues caused by the stomach being pushed into the diaphragm. Our highly qualified doctors at Health Plus Wellness Centers are trained to adjust the stomach and pull it down away from the diaphragm. In many cases, this technique is very effective. We can adjust many organs in the body. Here is a link to a sample of how we adjust the stomach.
What can it treat?
Chiropractic treatment plans from Health Plus Wellness Center are entirely tailored to you and your diagnosis. Your doctor may recommend chiropractic care to minimize symptoms associated with:
- Joint pain of any kind
- Neck/Back Pain
- Digestive issues
- Auto accidents
- Herniated disks
- Sports injuries
- Migraine Headaches
- Degenerative disk
- And many others
When can I expect results?
Each person is different and depending on the severity and depth of your case you may start feeling relief after your first adjustment. It is important to note that the majority of the nerves in your body do not feel pain. Therefore, pain relief is not the only measurement of success during the healing process. The typical treatment plan consists of roughly 24 visits and regularly scheduled follow-up visits to maintain proper alignment. Your doctor might also recommend an escalation of care depending on the success of subsequent visits during your treatment plan. Escalation of care could include a number of therapies or even the implementation of medical testing and appropriate medical modalities.