Providing relief that comes from experienced doctors.
Medical Alternatives is focused on helping you get better, through great chiropractic care and gentle stretching in a fast, effective, and affordable manor. 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 want you to get better care. 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.
In addition to targeting your joints and muscles through manual therapy, we offer labs, nutritional therapies, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and more. As the leaders of natural health in the past and present, you can be assured that our Doctor's of Chiropractic offer the true Medical Alternative.
Types of Chiropractic Manipulative Protocols
While many different types of therapy are available, the Doctor's at Get Better Chiropractic, a division of Medical Alternatives, 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 pressing, 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, those with stroke risk, or osteoporotic bones. Both Dr. Steve and Dr. Gerald have incorporated 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 several additional 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 many other methods.
Cox Flexion / Distraction Technique
Disc injuries, spastic lower back muscles, and scoliosis 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 maneuver is similar to a carpenter tapping in a nail with a hammer. As each move is slight, it often takes 2-4 times to get proper movement in the joint, but prevents muscle strain and pushing which is often to painful during acute situations. 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.