Adjustments, or manipulation as they’re sometimes referred to, are the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to free up or realign vertebrae that are fixated or have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.

When these vertebrae are fixated or are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment or movement, the normal nerve flow is interferred with which prohibits the bodies ability to function properly.

An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to free up or to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.

Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the vertebrae are mobile and in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was originally designed.

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X-rays: To see is to know.

X-rays are an irreplaceable vital diagnostic tool for a chiropractic office.
They dramatically increase the doctors understanding of the biomechanical status of your spine (also called the subluxation complex).

  • They help rule out bone pathology ensuring safety during treatment.
  • They reveal whether spinal disc or joint degeneration (arthritis) is present.
  • X-rays in this office are often taken seated and sometimes standing not laying down this allows me to asses how your spine reacts while weight bearing (against gravity).

Because X-rays expose patients to radiation only those films that are necessary are taken.

In this office we use the latest high speed techniques to minimize patient exposure.

It is mandated by law that all X-ray equipment, including that used in our office, is annually reviewed via government inspection to insure your safety.

If the doctor feels it is necessary you may also be referred for an MRI or CT scan. These diagnostic tests can offer further valuable information on your spinal condition.

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Electric Muscle Stimulation (often used with ice) includes a variety of electric frequencies used at the site of the injury or complaint. Different frequencies are used for different types of problems. The Doctor chooses the frequency and time frame that is appropriate for your specific condition.

Electric stimulation (often with ice) promotes

  • Reduced swelling/inflammation
  • Tissue healing
  • Reduction of pain
  • And in some cases, muscle relaxation

Patients generally feel a tingling sensation at first. As your body becomes accustomed to the tingling sensation, the intensity of the sensation may diminish or disappear. Because you no longer feel the sensation does not mean it is not continuing to be effective. The treatments will last 10-20 minutes, depending on your condition.

Electric Stimulation, when used in addition to the spinal adjustment, will help speed recovery and improve overall results.

***An at home electric stimulation machine purchased without a prescription is not the same as an in office treatment. If you choose to use one it is wise to understand its limitation and when it should not be used.

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Ultrasound is a physical therapy technique that uses sound wave to penetrate deeper into tissues at the site of an injury or problem. The sound wave helps promote:

  • Decreased inflammation
  • Healing of tissues
  • Relaxation of muscles
  • Reduction of pain

An application wand is used on the surface of the skin, along with a gel to transfer the sound wave directly into the tissue being treated. Treatment course rarely is more than 7-8 minutes. Initially, little is felt by the patient. About halfway through treatment, a light warming sensation may be present.

Ultrasound is used in addition to the spinal adjustment as a means to speed recovery and improve overall results.

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Ice is one of the simplest, safest and most effective self care techniques for injuries or painful musculoskeletal conditions. It can be used initially for First Aid and at later stages, for rehabilitation of injuries or chronic problems.

FIRST AID: (acute phase)

Ice application is something that should be used immediately after injury has occurred. It will have an immediate pain relieving effect, will decrease swelling as well as encourage quicker healing.
Ice the area for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the first 1-2 hours.


After the acute phase is over, ice is still the treatment of choice. We now want the ice on for 20 minutes, then off for an hour or two. Repeat this pattern 3-4 times or more a day.


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Spinal flexion distraction or spinal decompression often called Vax-d is not a new treatment procedure even though you may be now seeing it advertised that way.

I have been doing flexion distraction in my practice for over 30 years. It is a highly effective procedure used to help resolve chronic or acute (new) mid back pain, low back pain, leg pain, numbness in the leg or foot, disc bulging, disc herniations and spinal stenosis.

The procedure in this office entails the use of a special treatment table upon which the patient lays while the doctor gently stretches the spine. The actual stretching is only millimeters at a time. The doctor is always in contact with the patient’s spine and is in direct control of the force used. This allows him to adjust the force specifically for each patient during the entire procedure and allows specific attention to the involved spinal areas.

The gentle stretching:

  • Allows fixated/stuck spinal joints to be mobilized.
  • It relaxes tense, tight, or spastic muscles.
  • It reduces pressure or irritation of the spinal nerves.
  • It decompresses the spinal disc and begins the rehabilitation of the bulging or herniated disc offsetting disc degeneration. Yes, through proper treatment you can restore some of the lost disc height and minimize future degeneration.

Spinal flexion distraction used in conjunction with spinal adjusting and electric stimulation with ice is a highly effective treatment program for multiple mid back, low back and leg complaints.

The U.S. Dept HHS is now involved with the ongoing funding and research with the Cox flexion/distraction treatment protocol.

For additional information regarding the Cox flexion/distraction technique visit their website at www.Coxtechnic.com

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Most patients who receive treatment in my practice are advised to participate in an exercise and stretching program. Each case/condition receives stretching and exercises specific to that problem. The doctor will determine which exercises and stretching are appropriate, and at what time during the treatment you should start the program.

Exercise and Stretching promote:

  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Speeds up recovery
  • Helps maintain the adjustments given
  • Decreases pain

General Exercises:

Here are a few all purpose exercises that I recommend: swimming, walking and biking.
These types of exercises:

  • Increase cardiovascular health
  • Improve mood by releasing endorphins
  • Help with maintaining a healthy weight

To get maximum benefits you need to be moving without pause for 20-40 minutes or more. Two times a day is better than once.

Your body is meant to move, it stays healthy when it does…..USE IT OR LOSE IT!!!

Be sure to review with your doctor your intentions before starting any exercise program

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Taking A Natural Systemic Approach To Healing

Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It’s based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.

In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.

While it’s often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.


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