To think all this time I've been here, 6 months at the end of this month, and not once have I thought to introduce myself properly to my fans (figure of speech). Yeah, the website has a little blurb on my past but it doesn't really tell you much. So allow me this time to give a little more explanation.
First and foremost I am a chiropractor. Chiropractors adjust subluxations above all else. No matter what you as the patient come in with, my first priority is to correct any subluxations present in the spine or extremities.
"What is a subluxation" you ask? In the chiropractic world the subluxation is what we base our profession. Put simply a subluxation is a misalignment of a joint, very small in nature, which results in nerve interference. Which can manifest as pain, altered sensation, muscle weakness and many other forms of dysfunction. In my world, to be a chiropractor and NOT adjust subluxations constitutes subpar care to you the patient. In saying that, it is also a disservice to the patient if ALL I do is adjust. The current level of information available on the body and how the musculoskeletal system operates there needs to be more done with soft tissue and neurology.
Soft tissue isn't just a massage but more in depth in terms of recognizing muscle imbalances and kinetic chain dysfunction. The Functional Movement Assessment is a good tool to identify functional capacity of each patien, which can be utilized by personal trainers as well as health care professionals. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment is a more focused tool utilized specifically by health care professional to pinpoint functional instability and provide exercises designed to correct and improve patient functionality and stability.
Neurology is much simpler than it sounds. Where the soft tissue side of things my require difficult exercises in awkward positions the neurology side of things involves generally effortless movements that can be boring and tedious but rarely involve sweating or heavy breathing.
When treating athletes committed to a high level of competition its imperative all 3 aspects are considered in order to achieve the desired results as well as keeping them healthy and back to play following an injury. As a former Athlete I love taking an athlete and showing them there weaknesses, that they were unaware of, and giving them the tools to fix it and seeing how they're performance increases when they do what I prescribe! goodness knows I've been done that way a number of times in school.
So how do I adjust? how is it different from the guy down the street? What makes me better? First of all, I am a large man that if I'm not paying attention could easily hurt a patient with too much thrust on any given adjustment. I am extremely conscious of this When adjusting which is why I go the extra mile to ensure my adjustment is more forceful than absolutely necessary. My analysis is a mixture of muscle testing, palpation and range of motion findings. I use these objective measures in a effort to be as specific as possible when adjusting and to help the patient understand what I'm trying to accomplish with my adjustment. For example: when the patient fails a muscle test, I adjust, then retest the same muscle test and they now pass it demonstrates that I'm not there to simply make things go pop in hopes they make things better. And an added benefit to that approach is that if I fail to generate that trademark "pop" and I retest and the patient passes then I've gotten the job done. More "popping" doesn't necessarily mean better care!! And if you're not a fan of having your neck "cracked" I've got an alternative, minimal force instrument assisted method of getting the job done just the same.
I also have a very good handle on extremity adjusting: hands, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet: I can take care of them all! If you're current chiropractor isn't adjusting at your feet and you just can't seem to get rid of that back or hip pain, maybe he should or perhaps let see what I can do!
At the end of the day my focus is to get you back to 100% sooner rather than later, generally inside 4-6 visits. And if I cant figure it out in a couple weeks I'll send you to someone who can! Thats my promise to you as a doctor, to get you the care you need!