Upper Cervical Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology

Seattle Washington Chiropractor

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 takes a special interest in Upper Cervical Chiropractic and is 1 of 2 doctors in Western Washington to have attained the Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures (DCCJP) credential.  The DCCJP is a rigorous, post-graduate 300-hour/2.5 year program that trains Upper Cervical Chiropractors in the advanced evaluation and treatment protocols of the upper cervical spine.  He is Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal Technique from The Sweat Institute & Sherman College of Chiropractic and is both the Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the International Chiropractic Associations Council on Upper Cervical Care.  Dr. Kohler has also achieved Advanced level Certification in Whiplash Biomechanics & Traumatology through the prestigious Spine Research Institute of San Diego and certification in Applied Kinesiology & Manual Muscle Testing through the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

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 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 recently completed the Diplomate in Chiropractic Cranio-cervical Junction Procedures program (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.

Services Offered

Atlas Orthogonal

Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a gentle and specific method for adjusting the most complex joint region in the body: The Cranio-cervical junction (CCJ).  The CCJ is a collective term that refers to the occiput (base of skull), atlas (1st cervical vertebrae), axis (second cervical vertebrae) and supporting muscles and ligaments.  It is a transitional area between the mobile head and relatively rigid spinal column.  The brainstem, spinal cord, and vertebral arteries pass through the CCJ making it both the neurologic switch and the primary pathway for the exchange of fluids between the brain and body.  The key vertebrae in the CCJ is the atlas or 1st cervical vertebrae. When the atlas becomes misaligned it can increase tension on the spinal cord, spinal nerves, muscles, ligaments, veins and arteries in the CCJ and can disrupt the proper function of the nerve, muscular, vestibular, vascular, and cerebral spinal fluid systems.  The CCJ is a vunerable region and merits special consideration for care and treatment.  Dr. Kohler pays special attention to the CCJ and offers gentle and effective treatment to restore integrity to one of the body’s most vital areas.

Applied Kinesiology

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 54 years!

Digital Radiographs

Spinal Radiographs are a safe and effective way to evaluate the atlas misalignment and general condition of the spine. They can help reveal spinal regions that are under high stress, expose areas of degeneration and instability and help to rule out the existence of more serious pathological processes that would be a contra-indication to receiving chiropractic care.  The specific Atlas Orthogonal Images are used to determine each person’s unique misalignment and formula for correction. Digital radiographs have many advantages: the images are 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. Dr. Kohler utilizes the iCR3600 Digital Radiography System and Opal 20/20 Spinal Analysis software to process and analyze the images.