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My Chiropractic Philosophy

My chiropractic philosophyMy chiropractic philosophy is to try my very best to hold to the most basic and most important principles of chiropractic. ( principle#31)

Subluxation: “Interference with transmission in the body is always directly or indirectly due to subluxations in the spiral column.”

A subluxation is a slight misalignment of a vertebra of the spine in relation with other vertebrae. This misalignment can cause interference, pressure, impingement, and irritation on the nerve. This eventually causes pain and a disruption in the communication between the brain and the body resulting in decreased function of the organs and eventually disease. Subluxations are not only present between the vertebrae; they are also present in all the joints of the body causing all sorts of problems, mainly problems associated with pain. (examples: tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, knee problems, shoulder pain, hip pain, bursitis, slijmbeursontsteking, heel spur, TJM Syndrome, (jaw pain), and rib pain to name a few). Subluxations in the body will cause a global distortion in the healthy structure of the spinal column and the pelvis. My job as your chiropractor is to find “where” the subluxations are, analyze the patient and determine “how” I am going to treat them and what technique to use, and find out “why” the subluxations are there. Addressing the “where”, the “how”, and the “why” is very important in providing long-term benefits to the patients.

Where: I determine where the subluxations and problems by: visual inspection, orthopedic testing, muscle testing, range of motion analysis, palpation, motion palpation, mental imbalance testing, and postural assessment.

How: Throughout my experience in school and my continuing education after my university study I have learned many different techniques, in order to best serve my patients. The techniques I studied are as follows.

Advanced Gonstead Technique: Gonstead represents the ultimate standard in “hands on” spinal adjusting and remains the leader in the chiropractic techniques. Adhering to the definition of true chiropractic as defined by D.D. Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic in 1895, Dr. Gonstead found there was no substitute or better method for analyzing or correcting spinal misalignments than with a pair of skilled chiropractic hands. This remains true today.

Diversified Technique: This technique is the form of high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that is traditionally associated with chiropractic manual adjustments. For this method,chiropractors apply a short (low-amplitude), quick (high-velocity) thrust over restricted joints (one at a time) with the goal of restoring normal range of motion in the joint. The patient’s body is positioned in specific ways to optimize the adjustment of the spine.

Sacro Occipital Technique: 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 the 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 vertebra 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.

Thompson Terminal Point (Drop) Technique: This technique involves specialized treatment tables that have sections that drop a short distance during an HVLA thrust, with the premise that the dropping of the table piece facilitates the movement of the joint. This adjustment approach is sometimes used in addition to or, in place of, a more traditional diversified HVLA adjustment. Here, the traditional “cracking sound” may or may not occur and therefore this type of manipulation may also be considered a form of mobilization, or a gentle adjustment approach.

Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner:

Courses included in education:

Activator Methods: The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique® is a diagnostic and treatment system used by some chiropractors to treat many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches (both chronic and migraine). The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, known as the high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust. Next to the Diversified technique, the Activator Adjusting Instrument is reported to be the most common therapeutic intervention used by chiropractors.

Network Spinal Analysis: Network Spinal Analysis Care is an evidence based approach to wellness and body awareness. Gentle precise touch to the spine cues the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies. Two unique healing waves develop that are associated with spontaneous release of spinal and life tensions, and the use of existing tension as fuel for spinal re-organization and enhanced wellness. Practitioners combine their clinical assessments of spinal refinements with patient’s self assessments of wellness and life changes. Greater self-awareness and conscious awakening of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion, and expression of the human spirit are realized through this popular healing work.

Toggle Recoil: The Toggle adjustment is a gentle low force technique that can be performed on a patient without having to turn the neck or apply the type of force that results in a “clicking or cracking” noise. This technique is very beneficial for patients who prefer to avoid the high velocity manipulation but still require the benefit of spinal adjustment. There is no twisting or cracking of the neck, only a firm pressure on the atlas as the head piece of the table gently “drops”. Many patients feel as though very little or nothing has happened, although correction of the atlas has many far reaching benefits.

Center Point Meditation: This technique is my own personal technique that I have been developing over the last four years. It is currently being researched at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Heerlen, NL. It has been amazing studying this technique, developing it, and sharing it with all of my patients. More information on this technique is being organized to share with online viewers soon.

Also, the plan is to start doing workshops (all over the world), which will teach people how to effectively do this unique meditation technique and to teach people how it works and why it works.

Why: Stress….Stress is the cause of all subluxations that occur in the body. There are three primary types of stress. Physical, Mental (including thoughts and feelings – both intuitive and emotional), and Chemical stress. After a couple treatments, a discussion will occur between the patient and I to determine which kind of stresses are causing their complaints and subluxations. I use a very new and advanced technique in determining this with an emphasis on the stress caused from mental imbalances that occur in people. I’ve discovered that by being able to fully assess ones mental state I can quickly determine if their pain is also being caused from physical and chemical stress. When the why is discovered, long term benefits in the health and wellness in people is more effectively attained. Finding the why, in my opinion, is the most important of the three.

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