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Chiropractic Care

-Joshua Stevens, D.C.

Chiropractic adjustments are a simple, safe, and affordable mode of care for many ailments affecting joint integrity, muscles and organs. For low back and neck pain, chiropractic is a safe and conservative option to consider before surgery or other radical treatments1.  If you have arthritis, heartburn, colitis, migraine headaches, insomnia or any other illnesses, chiropractic care can alleviate symptoms by reducing stress on your nervous system, which allows your body to better perform the work of recovery. As chiropractors, we treat patients, not conditions.  Though every case is unique, I typically see symptomatic patients on a weekly basis.  Regular chiropractic adjustments can prevent re-injury, accelerate healing, and maximize your physical potential, whether you are an athlete, a parent wrangling the kids, or both. Depending on the patient, I recommend monthly or twice monthly sessions. Each chiropractic adjusting session is $50 and takes 15-20 minutes.

During your session, I will combine a variety of chiropractic adjusting techniques and tools depending on your needs.  I largely adjust patients manually with my hands. This style of adjusting is called diversified or Gonstead2.  I also incorporate ‘low-force’ adjustments using Logan Basic Technique3, especially for kids and newborns.  Adjusting tools called an ArthroStimTM and VibracussorTM may be used on targeted joints such as knees or shoulders but may also be used for spinal misalignments.  In tandem with manual or mechanical adjustments, I may also use pelvic blocks4. This type of adjusting uses the patient’s bodyweight with small cushioned wedges to correct for pelvic imbalances and lumbar spine fixation.  Finally, I use cranial adjustments5, another low-force form of adjustment, to allow expansion and relaxation of the skull bones. Fixations between these bones can impact the brain, cranial nerves, jaw, gait, and other parts of the body.

Chiropractic care has been popular in the U.S 1895 when D. D. Palmer and his son B. J. Palmer diverted attention from their osteopathic profession to focus on the relationship between the joints of the spine and the function of the central nervous system.  What they discovered was a titanic shift in the understanding of stress on the nervous system.  When one or several joints are fixated or out of place, this can reduce the activity and function of nerves associated with the joint. This has negative consequences on the muscles, organs, and body tissue serviced by the nerves, producing symptoms like loss of function, pain, or illness. Chiropractic adjustment to restore the normal motion of the joint can reverse these conditions and allow the body to recover naturally. This is the fundamental principle behind chiropractic care.

1JMPT. 2000 Jun;23(5):307-11

2Named after a famous chiropractor in Wisconsin who developed this technique in 1923.

3Named for Dr. H.B. Logan from St. Louis, MO who developed this technique in 1935.

4Dr. M.B. DeJarnette from Lincoln, Nebraska developed this technique in 1924.

5 Cranial work is inspired by the works of Dr. George Goodheart [Applied Kinesiology (http://www.icakusa.com/what-is-ak), 1965] and Dr. Mark Pick [Sacro-Occipital Technique (http://www.sotousa.com/wp/?page_id=14959), 1929].

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