My Approach to Chiropractic Care
Since graduating from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1979, I have been constantly developing and evolving as a chiropractic and alternative medicine physician. At Northwestern, I was taught to arrive at a diagnostic impression through thorough examination procedures. Manipulation of articulations (joints) is a healing art known and practiced throughout human history. Hippocrates, often considered the father of medicine, actually wrote several volumes on setting joints by leverage. Manual medicine has been practiced in nearly every culture on the planet.
A modern scientific approach to manual medicine and chiropractic consists of a thorough evaluation with special attention to joint function, especially in the spinal column. A search must be made to find where and how various joints are dysfunctional.
Joints that are hypomobile (stuck) may be manipulated with either light force methods, indirect methods (muscle energy techniques) or high-velocity low-amplitude adjustments. The application of manipulation methods is an art based on science.
Spinal segments or other articulations (joints) that are hyper mobile (too much mobility) are not manipulated or adjusted. It is important to know where and how to adjust the spine and joints of the body, and it is equally important to know when and what not to adjust. Practitioners need a complete understanding of the biomechanics and healing process.
Sometimes healing changes can be brought about by simple changes in posture and awareness. At other times, more extensive intervention is necessary. The body will make specific adaptations to imposed demands. The approach of correcting weight bearing and compression strategies of joints is key to my work. Manipulating and freeing segments that have lost mobility is as crucial to healing as strengthening and stabilizing areas that are weak or hyper mobile.
Bone out of place theory: In my initial training as a chiropractor, our students were taught to look for a bone out of place in the spinal column or pelvis, also known as a subluxation. I call this the BOOP theory.
After graduating from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, I was introduced to the Motion Palpation Institute founded by Dr. Leonard J .Faye, a graduate of Canadian Memorial College of Chiropractic in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Faye had returned from teaching at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic. In Europe, Dr. Faye was introduced to a modern paradigm of chiropractic and manual medicine. The new paradigm moved us away from the BOOP theory.
Dr. Faye brought to North America the concept that manipulation or chiropractic adjustments, in fact restored mobility to joints where that mobility was lost. Dr. Faye also brought a precise method for evaluating the function of the joints in the spine and pelvis in a way that led to proper and effective adjustment procedures. These procedures are extended into the extremities as well.
The chiropractic profession, since its founding by Dr. Daniel David Palmer around the year 1886, has had a holistic, vitalistic viewpoint of health. Dr. Palmer felt that by correcting vertebral “subluxations”, he was allowing the free flow of innate energy throughout the body.
This concept is not far away from the traditional Chinese medical viewpoint that a vital energy called “chi” is distributed throughout the body, especially in pathways known as meridians. According to the Chinese viewpoint there are 12 principal meridians and eight extraordinary vessels, as well as many submeridians, connecting meridians, and tendon and muscle meridians.
Essentially the body is looked at as a complex interwoven network of energetic pathways. As a trained chiropractor and acupuncturist, it is especially interesting to me that many of the most important acupuncture points are located along the spinal column. The special points along the spine are known as the back “SHU” points which are considered direct connections to the organs for which they are named. My experience shows that vertebral dysfunctions result in tenderness and pain at these points. Acupuncture theory has it that pain and tenderness at these points are indicators of an energetic organ dysfunction, that may reflect or result in a significant disease process.
Our Services Include:
- Manual Treatment through Chiropractic Adjustments
- Biomechanic and Functional Movement Evaluation
- Orthopedic Evaluation
- Neurological Evaluation as Related to Chiropractic Care
- Soft Tissue Therapies
- Exercise Recommendations
- Posture Training
- Diet and Nutrition Recommendations