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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional, structural, and/or pathological changes to spinal joints that compromise nerve system integrity and general health. The Dr. of Chiropractic is the only health care provider uniquely trained to evaluate, diagnose, and adjust vertebral subluxations based on the best available rational and scientific evidence.

What is Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a gentle and specific method for adjusting the most important bone in the spine: the Atlas.  The atlas vertebrae, is the top vertebrae in the spine, supports the skull, and surrounds the brainstem and delicate nerves.  The upper cervical joints are the most complex in the human body and the most mobile spinal joints.  When the the atlas is subluxated, or not optimally aligned, pain and poor health may follow.  When the atlas is NOT subluxated, your health potential is maximized.  For over 40 years, millions of people have benefited from the Atlas Orthogonal adjustment and it has become highly regarded amongst Neurologists, Medical Doctors,  TMJ specialists, and the general public.

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a holistic approach that is very effective at balancing the body on a structural, chemical, and emotional level. Muscular testing is performed as a means of identifying imbalances in the body’s nerve/energy system, and as means of determining the optimum correction method to restore health and balance. AK helps to fine-tune the body and gives us a way to optimize the body’s self-healing, self-regulating, and performance ability. Applied Kinesiology evolved from the inquiring mind of American chiropractor, George Goodheart D.C. In 1964 Goodheart started to use muscle tests to evaluate the effectiveness of his treatments.   He discovered that he could use the muscle test not only to determine where treatment should be directed, but also to determine whether the treatment was effective. Over the years, Goodheart discovered relationships between muscular response and organ dysfunction, nutritional imbalance, spinal subluxations, acupuncture meridian imbalance, cranial-sacral distortion, emotional states, blood flow, and energy flow. He developed and cataloged the science of AK and demonstrated his findings at seminars, workshops, and conventions around the world. In 1973 he founded the International College of Applied Kinesiology to further research and expand this exciting and effective healing system.   To learn more log on to the International College of Applied Kinesiology website

What is a subluxation?

What is a subluxation? A subluxation is a complex of functional, structural, and pathological change in the spinal vertebrae that compromise nerve system integrity and may influence organ systems and general health. Subluxations are often painless and slowly undermine your health for years before symptoms appear.

What causes a subluxation?

Subluxations are caused by emotional stress, falls, auto accidents, traumas, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can cause subluxation. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise.

How is a subluxation corrected?

Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in the detection and correction of subluxation. They are trained to restore the subluxated vertebrae to its proper position in the spinal column. A corrective spinal adjustment is performed with the hands or with a gentle low-force adjusting instrument like the arthrostim and activator. The manual force or impulse helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae.

Does the adjustment hurt?

Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In our office, we pride ourselves on detecting and correcting subluxations in a gentle and pain free manner.

Is regular chiropractic care necessary?

Regular chiropractic care may be necessary to correct spinal subluxations and help maintain sound health and fitness. Your spine is under constant strain during your life.. Improper lifting techniques, poor posture, accidents, falls, traumas and gravity contribute to spinal strain. Ignoring the health of your spine can severely hamper the quality of your life. Regular chiropractic care can help detect small problems before they become serious. Timely adjustments can help detect and correct subluxations and maintain spinal integrity.

How old should a person be before he or she begins chiropractic care?

Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves which control a growing childs muscles, organs and glands. In some cases, an uncorrected subluxation may lead to a deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable.

How will the adjustment help me?

Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body. When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous and blood vascular systems, which may contribute to stress in the body. Chiropractic adjustments help eliminate that imbalance or disruption so that the body can function at its true potential.

Does an adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?

No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, more often than not when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor is concerned with the position of your vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.

Should I go to a Chiropractor if I feel fine?

Even if you feel fine, chiropractic care can help your body maintain its required level of health and fitness. Your chiropractor can recommend a preventive spinal-care program and advise you on correct posture, dietary information and back exercises. Regular spinal checkups can help detect and prevent spinal stress due to subluxations before problems become serious.

Is it true that Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery?

Yes. Chiropractors do not include medication or surgery in their treatment program. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care on this principle. Occasionally, the use of medication can interfere with the body’s healing mechanisms, produce side effects, create a dependence and lead to drug-caused disease or complications. The first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. Chiropractic’s principles make it possibly the safest and most appealing of the healing arts.

How does chiropractic care help pregnant women?

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help lower the incidence of dystocia (difficult labor) and reduce lower back pain, leg pain, neck pain and headaches.  Dr. Kohler provides gentle and skill care for pregnant moms and their babies.  Dr. Kohler is certified in the Webster Technique which is a specific chiropractic analysis and gentle adjustment that reduces the effects of sacro-iliac subluxation and improves the function and balance of the pelvis.  In the care of pregnant women, sacro-iliac dysfunction  may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (ie: dystocia).  Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby malposition.  Sacr0-iliac subluxation may contribute to these three causes of dystocia via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments.  The resulting tension and their aberrant effects on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.  The Webster Technique has been show to be a safe and effective chiropractic analysis and adjustment throughout pregnancy.