& Treatment Philosophy
My style of adjusting is formally and professionally known as “Diversified”. This is the primary style taught by all of the chiropractic colleges in the United States and which is required by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. My focus is primarily upon chiropractic orthopedics, but I do prescribe natural medicines, herbal supplement remedies, and use traditional and combination homeopathics.
I am primarily a manual (hands-on) adjuster. I also utilize an ImpulseTM adjusting instrument for chiropractic instrument adjusting, typically as a follow up to manual therapies. I do use an ActivatorTM impulse adjusting instrument to reinforce some of my work, to move very small joints, or to do subtle work with someone who is sensitive, arthritic or osteoporotic.
I also utilize other styles to round out my treatments, which allows me to tailor my adjustments to a patient’s needs and preference. This practice often is referred to as being a “Mixer”.
The multiple styles I draw from include:
– Diversified Technique
– Sacral-Occipital Technique (“SOT”)
– Gonstead (Limited)
– Myofascial Release and Massage Therapy.
– Cranio Sacral Therapy (but not Somato-Emotional Release TM ) and Strain/Counterstrain Release Techniques
– ActivatorTM Impulse Adjusting Instrument (But not Activator MethodsTM technique)
– Muscle Energy techniques
– Low Force / Non-Force Release techniques, Acupressure
– Leander Motorized Flexion-Distraction
– Zenith High-Low Thompson Terminal-Point Drops
– Manual, Mechanical, and Pneumatic Traction.
– Low-Tech Rehab (PT-Balls, Theraband Resistance Bands, Medicine-Balls, Trampoline/Rebounder, Plyometrics, BodyBladeTM , Free Weights)
– Graston Myofascial Release Technique
– Rapid Release Technique
– Cold Laser
– Physical Therapy and Exercise (concepts and practical applications)
I am trained in Physiotherapy, exercise fitness and rehabilitation as well as in massage and bodywork (having been a licensed massage therapist). I believe in using soft tissue techniques to assist with chiropractic adjusting. I believe in prescribing therapeutic exercise in order to support the recovery. I also utilize the following adjunctive Physical Therapy modalities to support my work: Hot Packs, Hydrotherapy, Ultrasound, Electrical Stim, Diathermy, Microcurrent, TENs, Graston, Rapid Release, and Cold Laser. We believe in having state-of-the-art equipment. I like to use low-tech rehab exercise plans that my patients can use at home after some supervision in the clinic; this way therapeutic exercise can be incorporated into their lifestyle. I like to get my patients moving as soon as possible and not focusing on symptom relief alone. We try to have a little fun and keep it light, while still doing serious work and not compromising on quality.
I like to see a patient several times at the onset of their treatment plan in order to determine how the treatment plan is working for them. I usually treat on the same day that I examine, if it is clinically indicated. I only order X-rays or MRIs if clinically indicated. I like to see a “well patient” at least once a season (four times a year); this is my ideal.