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The chiropractic approach is based on the principle that the body heals naturally. This natural healing is initiated and controlled by the nervous system. These nerve impulses flow down from the brain (central nervous system) to your spinal cord and out through spinal nerves (peripheral nervous system) to your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and vital organs. Interference within the nervous system due to spinal joint misalignment leads to dis-ease in the body. This dis-ease causes reduction of optimal structure and function. This disruption is called the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC).
 

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Technique 


*Atlas Orthogonal is a spinal healthcare program developed by Dr. Roy Sweat in the late 1960’s based on scientific and biomechanical procedures. Dr. Sweat is considered by many to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on the cervical spine. After years of extensive research he developed a non-invasive, precision instrument to restore structural integrity from cervical vertebral malposition. The percussion instrument achieves postural restoration without manipulation or surgery. This precision treatment reduces cervical spine misalignment and its related symptomatology.              *as described by the official Atlas Orthogonal Program

This method is so gentle that many patients cannot believe an adjustment has actually taken place until they notice that their function has improved and their discomfort has been relieved.  Atlas Orthogonal is a gentle, effective and proven Chiropractic technique that does not utilize physical manipulation.  The Atlas is the top vertebrae of the spine and supports the head.  Orthogonal means at right angle to or square. If the Atlas is not square to the head and spine (referred to as subluxated) then the head and spine are by necessity out of alignment . Essentially if the head is not on straight then the spine cannot possibly be straight. The resulting stress that ensues may cause discomfort to the back, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles.

A normal Atlas is aligned squarely with both the spine and skull. A misaligned or subluxated Atlas is not square.  The adjusting instrument is a safe, gentle, and precise method of correcting a misaligned (subluxated) Atlas vertebrae, without physical manipulation.  The stylus delivers a precise impulse to the exact area needed as determined by X-rays.  Watch a short video further describing the instrument and adjustment here.  We also have videos from the official Atlas Orthogonal Technique site.
 
*When most people think of chiropractic adjustments, they think of neck pain, back pain, or muscle aches. The Atlas Orthogonal Spinal Correction can help your body work better no matter what type of health problem you may have. Our organization is dedicated to correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex which is a misalignment of the bone structure of the head and neck. This misalignment can block the communication between your brain and body causing pain, stress, and tension. This stress and tension can affect all physical and even mental activity of the body. Many symptoms can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex. We have had positive results with such conditions as:

 

• Multiple Sclerosis
• Arthritis
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
Migraines and other headaches
• Asthma
• Chronic pain or stress
• Athletic injuries
• Auto accident injuries
• Neck and back pain
• Herniated discs
• Scoliosis
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Seizures, including Epileptic
• Leg and arm numbness
• Sinus problems
• Allergies
• Dizziness
• Bell's Palsy
• Horner's Syndrome
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Sciatica
 *as described by the official Atlas Orthogonal Program
 


Activator Method

Evolved from 35 years of empirical study and 15 years of clinical research, the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) uses the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations to seek joint dysfunction in the spinal column and extremities for improved patient care.  AMCT uses the Activator Adjusting Instrument to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments. Over 35,000 doctors have been trained in AMCT and 2,100 doctors are Proficiency Rated, making AMCT the most widely used technique worldwide; a testament to low force patient satisfaction.

What makes the Activator Method Technique different?

Restoring your spinal health and body mechanics safely and effectively, has been the compelling goal behind the Activator Method. This technique utilizes specific procedures to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyze leg length inequality, detect body mechanics problems and test neurological reflexes. With these unique analytical tools, we can begin the process of restoring your overall spinal balance.  To address spinal joint dysfunction, we use an instrument called the Activator. This unique hand-held instrument was scientifically designed to give you a very specific, "low force" adjustment. The Activator instrument delivers a controlled, light and fast thrust, without causing undue strain to patients.  Activator adjustments are so quick and controlled, your body's muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and exact adjustment.

Learn more about the Activator Technique and its continued development through research at the official website.

 

Super Pulsed Laser


Low level laser, a type of phototherapy, is a technology we use to support the healing process and provide relief from injury.   We are currently using the newly released third generation laser.  It is non-invasive procedure (non-surgical and drugless) that has virtually no concern for side effects.  Laser therapy has been successful in treating soft tissue injuries including whiplash, sprain-strain and repetitive motion.  Research shows that cold laser accelerates the healing process by up to 40%.

 Our laser is a FDA approved device that is supported by research for treatment of both acute and chronic conditions.  Biological effects include cellular growth, faster wound healing, increased metabolism, reduced scar tissue formation, anti-inflammatory, increased vascular activity and stimulated nerve function.  In fact, there are several thousand articles documenting the use of laser therapy in clinical settings.
 


The Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) has five main components:

Spinal Kinesiopathology          Kinesio=movement

Improper motion or position of the vertebrae can result from stress or trauma. This condition may be felt as an inability to turn or bend properly. The other four components of subluxation complex follow this one.

Neuropathophysiology           Neuro=nerve

The spinal cord and the nerves that are housed and that exit the spine are affected by improper position. Nerve tissue can be pinched, stretched or irritated as a result. This irritation disturbs the normal function of the nerves and limits the ability of the nerves to properly control muscles and all other organs.

Myopathology           Myo=muscle

Muscles that attach to a subluxated joint are not in balance. Muscles attaching on one side may stretch and tear while opposite side muscles may be compressed or crushed. These muscles atrophy, spasm or scar over time.

Histopathology           Histo=swelling

Soft tissue including tendons, ligaments and discs in the spine become swollen, inflamed and painful. Imagine a sunburn or a sprained ankle. Spinal discs may tear, bulge or even herniate.

Pathophysiology           Patho=suffering or disease

Biochemical changes in the spine resulting from this stress leads to spinal decay. Spinal joints fuse together as discs break down and bone spurs or osteoarthritis develops. The longer the vertebral subluxation complex exists the more likely permanent damage
becomes.

Read more about the Vertebral Subluxation Complex here.