What is Chiropractic?

              Chiropractic is a structurally based form of health care started by D. D. Palmer in Iowa.  The basic premise of chiropractic is that bony misalignment of the vertebra can disrupt nerve function and create malfunction in the joint and surrounding tissues.  The classic form of treatment is the vertebral adjustment.  Over the past 120 years it has been noted that not only can the spine misaligned, but all joints can misaligned and cause pain, restriction, disability, etc.  Adjustments for all joints, (shoulders, knees, feet, etc.) have been developed that are often effective for correcting problems in these areas.  They are gentle, safe and effective.  Depending on the nature of the problem and the patient, adjustments can take many forms, light pressure, gentle tapping with adjusting instruments, lying on small foam wedges that can apply pressure to specific bones and manipulation.

            It has been acknowledged that adjustments often help to relieve neck, back and joint pain, but it has also been noted that proper vertebral alignment is helpful for optimal health and well being of a person in a general sense.

Chiropractors have long noted that not only can misalignment contribute to organ and gland malfunction, but organ and gland problems can contribute to structural stresses and misalignment. Applied Kinesiology is a diagnostic procedure that uses muscle testing to evaluate not only muscle function and joint alignment but can often identify organ and glandular stress when other tests are inconclusive.  Applied Kinesiology is something that I used on almost every patient and it assists in helping me to make accurate diagnoses.

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