Our Chiropractic Techniques
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. It emphasises manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation, and includes exercises, and health and lifestyle counselling.
Chiropractors are regulated by statute and may therefore refer to conditions for which suitably qualified medical advice should be sought, provided they hold convincing evidence of the efficacy of their treatments.
On your initial examination we will assess whether there are differences in firing rate and strength between the left and right sides of the brain. When present this is usually due to a physiological process involving a different firing rate of sensory stimulation, either from a joint position error (e.g., vertebral subluxation complex) or some other neurological lesion. Simply, the under active side of the brain i.e the side with the slower firing rate is being under-stimulated. Symptoms will be related to non-firing systems: sluggish reflexes, muscle weakness patterns, sensory imbalances, even emotional issues and of course, chronic pain can all be related to a under stimulated cortex.
Treatment is directed to the opposite side, such that an under-active right-cortex patient would only be adjusted on the left side and vice versa. The aim of treatment is to stimulate and thus restore the balance to your nervous system using a very specific protocol of spinal and peripheral joint adjusting, exercises and stretches.
Effect on Posture / Movement
All brain output affects motor function / muscle tone, so an imbalance tends to produce a specific pattern of muscular asymmetry which leads to weakness on the same side of the under-active side of the brain. This may give rise to back pain and joint injuries and other problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, foot drop, tennis elbow and many other complaints.
Essentially, if one neurological system is not firing properly, then the system that it stimulates will also not fire properly. If A cannot fire to B, and B fires to C, then C will have a decreased firing rate. In other words, if one system is under-active then so are the all the other systems that it connects to. Therefore, this imbalance is likely to have broad implications on one’s health.
The right brain is the “brakes” of the body and if the brakes cannot be applied, we have, literally, a runaway nervous system which will go into the ‘Fight or Flight’ mode much too readily with everything that would imply. Allergies, fatigue, overactive immune activity, hypersensitivity reactions and emotional instabilities could all be, theoretically, linked to a right-brain hemisphericity.
The left-brain is the “accelerator” neurologically, so if it is under-active then we would think of conditions whereby the body or brain would not be stimulated enough. An example would be depression.
Children and Babies
More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called ‘natural’ birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.
Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.read more»
As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.
One of the most common reason parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.
It is important to understand that the doctor of chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.
The nerve system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.
The doctor of chiropractic will take a case history and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.
To enhance your child’s ability to function in a greater state of health, we can help you find a doctor of chiropractic near you who is dedicated to serving children with the utmost of care. Once your family has experienced the many benefits of chiropractic care—please help us tell others! Read more about children’s care and health here).
Source: Dr. Jeanne Ohm D.C.
If this interests you, you will enjoy reading an article entitled “Chiropractic and Pregnancy: Greater Comfort and Safer Births“.
Primary adjusting techniques we use include:
After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints. read more»
This full spine approach relies on X-rays and a heat-sensing instrument for a thorough evaluation and documented results. read more»
Thompson Terminal Point technique is a system of analysis and a special table that reduces the amount of energy needed to adjust your spine. read more»
Sacro Occipital Technique helps normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head, using gravity to make the necessary correction. read more»
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.read more»
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a 5 pence coin, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Craniosacral therapy is particularly beneficial for children whose cranial bones have not yet completely solidified. The process of cranial molding during labor with, or even without, interventions as forceps or suction can be compromising to the soft structures of the skull and membranes. Some children may benefit from CST when displaying symptoms from colic, ear infections and problems suckling to sleeping problems.
AK Applied Kinesiology (Total Body Modification or TBM)
Testing the strength of specific muscles of your body helps us find structural, chemical and mental problems and monitor your results. read more»
This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust. read more»
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