Chiropractic is a profession based on the concept of a subluxation, or lack of motion between 2 joints. In order to correct this subluxation, some form of an adjustment must be given. As there is a multitude of ways to create joint dysfunction, there are also many ways to help correct it. You will never find two chiropractors that treat patients the same way because, although we are all taught the same basic Science of Chiropractic in our educations, each school and person develops their own Philosophy and Art.
As more and more people are finding out, chiropractic can treat much more than your typical neck and lower back pain. Chiropractic can treat any joint in the body! If you check out the 3D Spine Simulator on the website, you can also notice that each nerve in our spinal column has both a muscular and organic responsibility. Chiropractic treatments allow your own body to heal itself by removing irritation and interference to the nervous system. The chiropractic doctor is a conduit that allows for your body to better deal and cope with potential health related issues. Chiropractic facilitates health and healing, but does not "cure" disease. It's important to note, chiropractors don't cure anything, YOU DO!
Chiropractic can be as much an Art or Philosophy as it can be a Science. It shouldn't be a surprise then that there are many different techniques and variability amongst the profession. Although I have chosen my own path and belief system, each person responds differently to each technique. While some people thrive on low force treatments, others may require a more aggressive adjustment. The goal is to find the correct match of treatment to your body. Just because all of your friends have success with one doctor does not necessarily mean that it will work for you as well. Therefore, it is important for you to know what kind of options are available out there for you so you can choose the treatment option that you feel most comfortable with and can achieve the most success.
In regards to my own practice, I have made an effort to become proficient in a myriad of techniques so that I can offer more choices for care based on each individual's needs and concerns. I tend to be conservative in my approach and only take what the body is ready to offer. I am not a fan of pain and therefore do my best to get people out of it as soon as possible without causing any in the process. I predominantly use Diversified Adjusting on all of my patients. If, however, my exam or patient tolerance is not compatible with this form of adjusting, then I will choose a less aggressive technique such as Sacro-Occipital Technique, Thompson Drop Technique or the Activator Method. Regardless of which technique or combination of techniques I use, I incorporate my knowledge of Applied Kinesiology to help with the diagnosis and treatment plan. In addition to restoring proper joint mobility, I also strive to restore the balance of the muscles. As bones have an intimate relationship with the muscles, you cannot have dysfunction in one without the other; therefore it is very important to deal with any soft tissue concerns that my be present.
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