Upper Cervical Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology
Dr. Jared Kohler is a genuine, dedicated, and caring chiropractor!
He’s a graduate of both the University of Florida (1993) and Life Chiropractic University in Atlanta (1999). He has received post-graduate Advanced Certified Whiplash Biomechanics & Traumatology through the prestigious Spine Research Institute of San Diego, certification in Applied Kinesiology & Manual Muscle Testing through the International College of Applied Kinesiology, Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic and is on the Board of Directors for the International Chiropractic Associations Upper Cervical council.
Dr. Kohler takes a holistic and personalized approach to chiropractic care. He customizes his treatment plans to meet the needs of each patient, incorporating gentle spinal, cranial, and extremity adjustments, manual muscle testing, spinal traction, neuromuscular rehabilitation, functional evaluation, postural awareness and self-care exercises. He excels at helping people recover from automobile accidents and work-related injuries; eliminate headaches, neck pain, and back pain; recover from athletic injuries and enhance athletic performance.
Dr. Kohler believes chiropractic care should extend beyond the office visit. For this reason, he takes the extra time to learn about his patients’ habits and lifestyles and offers creative strategies they can use at work and home, including stretches, core strengthening exercises, and relaxation techniques to get better faster and stay well longer!
Dr. Kohler is an active member of the Washington State Chiropractic Association, International College of Applied Kinesiology, Sweat Institute for Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic, The International Chiropractic Association Council for Upper Cervical Chiropractic, The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. He is dedicated to refining his clinical skills and attends numerous conferences throughout the year on upper cervical chiropractic, applied kinesiology, whiplash & spinal trauma, spinal rehabilitation, functional neurology, nutrition and exercise to learn cutting-edge research and treatment methods. He is currently enrolled in a 300-hour advanced training to receive his Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures (DCCJP). The DCCJP is an in-depth education in upper cervical spinal biomechanics, neuroanatomy, neuro-physiology, advanced imaging, chiropractic diagnostic and corrective techniques, outcome assessments, and upper cervical research review and research writing.
A physical enthusiast, Dr. Kohler can often be found climbing the Howe Street stairs, inventing exercises, hanging on his inversion table and walking around our beautiful Emerald City with his family.
Our Tools & Methods
Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a gentle and specific method for adjusting joint dysfunction at the craniocervical junction or CCJ. The CCJ is comprised of 3 bones: the occiput or base of the skull, the atlas which is a ring-like bone that surrounds your spinal cord, and the axis. The Cranio-Cervical Junction is one of the most complex joints in the human body. It is also the physiological and mechanical connection between the brain and rest of the body. The integrity of the CCJ is absolutely vital for the optimal expression of life. The first cervical vertebrae, the atlas, is the keystone of the CCJ and makes a direct mechanical connection with the base of the skull. The atlas also provides a passage for the brainstem and spinal cord, cerebrospinal arteries and veins, and many delicate nerves. Abnormal motion or position of the atlas vertebrae, known as a Vertebral Subluxation, can lead to a myriad of health problems including headaches, migraines, vertigo/dizziness, neck and back pain and stiffness, muscle pain and stiffness, poor balance, TMJ dysfunction, and loss of proper muscular activation and neuromotor control. Vertebral Subluxation of the atlas is often caused by whiplash, head injuries, concussions, contact sports, poor posture, falls, and the daily structural stress of living in a gravity environment. For over 40 years, millions of people have benefited from the Atlas Orthogonal spinal adjustment and it has become highly regarded among Neurologists, Medical Doctors, TMJ specialists, and the public as a safe, gentle, and effective method to restore proper motion and position of the atlas vertebrae, improve the integrity of the craniocervical junction, and optimize the expression of life.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. Neurologic muscule testing is performed as a means of identifying imbalances in the body’s nerve/energy system, and as a means of determining the optimum correction method to restore health and balance. Applied Kinesiology helps fine-tune the body and gives us a way to optimize the body’s self-healing, self-regulating, and performance ability. AK is a non-invasive system of evaluating body function is unique in the healing arts, and has become a dynamic movement in health care for over 49 years!
The Webster Technique
Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system–the communication system between your brain and body. Doctors of Chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body’s ability to function optimally.
The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.
X-rays images are a safe and cost-effective way to view the structure and general condition of the spine. They can clarify which spinal joints are experiencing pathologic changes and help direct self-care recommendations and rehabilitation procedures. Based on your history and exam findings, imaging studies of your spine may be recommended. Dr. Kohler uses the iCR3600 Digital Radiography System and Opal 20/20 Analysis software, to acquire and analyze your spinal images. Digital x-ray has many advantages: the x-ray image is recorded and stored on our secure server, images are easily transferable and multiple copies can be made, the image quality is excellent, and images process quickly without the use of toxic chemicals. After a detailed analysis of your images, Dr. Kohler will review the findings with you, and answer any questions you may have.