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While most people think of chiropractic as only a treatment method (the adjustment), chiropractic is a healthcare profession that encompasses the treatment of almost all human ailments without the use of drugs or surgery. The adjustment is only one of the many therapies and treatments utilized by a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Started in the late 1800's by D.D. Palmer, chiropractic manipulation began as a simple form of therapy. Over a hundred years later, Doctors of Chiropractic are now the largest and most comprehensive providers of natural healthcare in the country.
Our doctors understand what it's like to be in pain. We understand the personal cost to family, work, and the activities that matter most to us. We don't settle for the "that's good enough" attitudes in our clinic. We believe in doing what it takes to truly figure out what you need to get better and stay better. We too are tired of doctors performing mediocre exams, quick in-and-out treatments, and taking the attitude that even if you aren't getting better, we should just keep doing the same thing and hope all gets better. That's why we strive to help discover your body's unique patterns of correction and your potential to heal. We truly believe that when the body is balanced and the obstacles are removed, you will rediscover what it means to feel great.
While many people know Chiropractors can help with back and neck pain, what most don't realize is that the manipulative therapy used by Doctors of Chiropractic is only one of the therapies they use to help people get better and stay better. Trained in all manners of disease and health, Doctors of Chiropractic are fully trained to treat all human ailments without the use of drugs or surgery.
That is why we offer labs, nutritional therapies, counseling, classes, physiotherapy, and more. Did you know that Chiropractors are responsible for pushing for the acceptance of acupuncture in this country? Did you know the first degree of Physical Therapy was offered to a Chiropractor by a Chiropractic School? As the leaders of natural health in the past and present, you can be assured we are the true Medical Alternatives.
Types of Chiropractic Manipulative Protocols
While many different types of therapy are available, the Doctor's at Medical Alternative will combine / use only those techniques they feel are safe and most likely to speed your recovery. So lets looks at the techniques available.
The standard in chiropractic manipulation, diversified is the standard approach of pushing, twisting, and "cracking" joints through the use of the Doctor's hands. This is the universally taught method of adjusting that virtually all Chiropractors learn.
While many patients love this method due to its almost immediate sense of relief, many patients find it too aggressive, or have conditions that make it unsafe to use. For these patients we offer several other styles of adjustments.
Logan Basic Technique
Hands down, one of our Doctor's favorite methods of treating patients. Logan Basic is a style created by Dr. Hugh B. Logan, founder of Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. Through the use of leverage and low force torque, the Doctor is able to relax the muscles in the spine, thus allowing for movement of the vertebrae with only slight pressure.
This style is fantastic for those in spasm, severe pain, surgical fusions, infants, with stroke risk, or osteoporitic. Both Dr. Steve and Dr. Gerald have used this method since the day they opened their clinic with tremendous results.
The only downside is ~ time. While this is a fantastic approach, due to the finesse it requires, and the mild movement achieved, many patients find it may take a few more visits to achieved their desired relief. That being said, we almost always incorporate this treatment with our other techniques as it tends to have a much more lasting affect than other methods.
Cox Flexion / Distraction Technique
Disc injuries, spastic lower back muscles, and scolosis respond well to this style care. Developed by an Osteopathic Doctor (Dr. Cox), the Cox Flexion / Distraction method has become the gold standard in traction therapy for patient with disc injuries, herniations, and ruptures. By gently flexion, and distracting the lower back, we are able to create a pumping mechanism which slowly takes pressure off the disc, associated nerves, and surrounding tissue. This pumping motion helps re-hydrate the disc and improve blood flow to the region, thus enhancing recovery. While not used on every patient, those with lower back pain find this a gift sent from heaven.
Drop Table Technique
While this treatment is loud (as pieces of the table are slightly lifted about 2" and then pushed down - thus making a booming noise), it is rather gentle - and effective. The quick dropping of the table piece creates a very mild sheering affect to the joint being treated. This mild action allow for maximal movement, with minimal strain to the surrounding soft tissue. Sometimes a series of drops are made to ensure full movement of the joint.
Activator / Impulse Adjuster Technique
An activator is a hand held mechanical adjusting tool designed to place a very controlled and focused thrust to a very small area. The Doctor has complete control of the amount of pressure and location of the instrument, thus providing a very specific desired result. Much like Logan Basic Technique, this method is usually very gentle, but requires more visits to achieve desired results due to the reduced force being applied to the area of problem. This technique is great for those scared of other techniques, or who have health conditions that require a lighter touch.
The Impulse Adjuster is a electric hand hand version of the mechanical adjusting tool with three different levels of force, three different tips for varying joint types, and between one to seven rapid movements, the Impulse Adjuster is a fantastic tool for when the more traditional methods just don't seem to work.