Joints and muscles always work as a unit. Because I use many different techniques to relax, stretch, and balance muscles my chiropractic adjustments encounter much less joint resistance. Therefore the adjustments can be gentle, more effective, and hold their effect with greater longevity and consistency. And, when you are consistent with your home exercise program, adjustments become even less necessary and less frequent. The whole point of my therapeutic approach is to have fewer and fewer appointments as therapy progresses, and perform adjustments LESS, not more!
While I was attending chiropractic and naturopathic colleges in the early 1980s I received specialized training and became a licensed massage therapist in the state of Oregon. I use various hands-on soft tissue techniques that help to decrease muscle congestion, tension, and spasm and improve circulation. These techniques are crucial to the goal of muscle balancing, which reduces stress and strain on joints (ligaments, cartilage, disks, etc.). I use these techniques in virtually every session in one way or another. In combination with a customized home exercise program, herbal and homeopathic therapies and other modalities, focused soft tissue work can be extremely effective.
The effectiveness of any office-based therapy is greatly enhanced by the individualized prescription of home exercises. Because we accumulate tension and strain during the course of our daily lives we should also try to be consistent about performing daily exercise that helps to reduce or eliminate this accumulation. It is a high priority for me to provide such a customized program for patients. This program can be incorporated with whatever current program of exercise you are already involved with. (Please refer to the Forms section of this website to get an idea of the range of exercises I show to people.)
As part of my training in naturopathic and chiropractic colleges I received advanced education in the targeted use of nutritional supplements. These natural substances can be useful for acute or chronic conditions — not only for musculoskeletal problems but also for improved digestion, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, and a host of other issues. I can examine the quality of the supplements you are already taking (like multivitamin/mineral products) and make suggestions for improved or more appropriate products. If you want to receive the full benefits of this service while being my chiropractic patient please refer to the tab for Nutritional Wellness Consulting for more information. Non-chiropractic patients can also receive this service.
As with nutritional therapy, I received training in naturopathic college for herbal medicine. I use herbs in various forms (capsules, liquids, creams, plasters) to augment and complement the effects of manual therapies, low level laser therapy, etc.
Craniosacral therapy is a sophisticated form of manual therapy originally developed by osteopathic physicians that can have a subtle and profound effect on your whole body, especially the neuromusculoskeletal system. It is well-documented that our skull and sacrum actually pulsate rhythmically at 10–12 cycles per minute. As your head and sacrum subtly move they exert a pumping motion, allowing precious cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) produced in the brain to be circulated throughout the whole spinal column. The CSF is what provides nutrition to the spinal cord (the central nervous system), so an inadequate level of circulation there can literally affect every cell in your body. CST can evaluate the quality of this pumping motion and then very gentle corrective pressure is used to improve that quality. CST can be helpful for headache, fatigue, nervousness, insomnia, tinnitus, and other conditions.
CST also includes the use of an extremely low-force technique for soft tissue release called fascial unwinding. It is well-known that certain kinds of acute and chronic injuries are more responsive to very gentle touch compared with more traditional forms of massage.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is not anything like the high intensity laser therapy that is currently being used for many different kinds of surgery. LLLT is extremely safe and no injury (including eye injury) has been reported in the medical literature. Just as plants use the process of photosynthesis to convert the sun’s light energy into biochemical energy inside its cells, so do human cells have a similar ability — they are able to convert the light energy emitted by LLLT into energy inside our cells. And the better the cells in a particular tissue function the more efficiently that tissue is able to heal. Think of LLLT as a localized and focused energy supplement for injured tissue. I use LLLT for the enhanced repair of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and joints involved with conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and other kinds of acute and chronic injuries.
Think of your feet and ankles as the foundation of a house. Like a foundation your feet support the weight of your whole body. If the foundation of a house is partially collapsed the structural strain that results gets passed upward to the whole building. In the same way foot/ankle problems like flat feet and ankle pronation/supination can cause problems anywhere in the body: knees, hips, low back, mid-back, neck, and jaw. Part of every initial examination includes an analysis of your foot/ankle structure. When indicated, I advise the use of exercises, generic arch supports (store bought), or custom foot orthotics that are manufactured by a specialized laboratory I’ve used for 25 years.
These are adjunctive therapies that are used in combination with deep tissue massage, exercises, and gentle adjustments. They are used to release muscle tension and spasm, decrease pain and tissue congestion, and improve the quality and efficiency of tissue healing. Physical therapists frequently use these therapies in their practice.
Homeopathy is a type of natural medicine that is over two centuries old. It is widely used all over the world but is somewhat less known in this country. Plants, minerals, and/or animal extracts are used in very diluted quantities to enhance and encourage your innate physical and mental healing capabilities. Side effects are nearly nonexistent and they rarely (if ever) interfere with other medications you might be taking. I use homeopathy to treat acute problems (not limited to musculoskeletal). I do not practice classical constitutional homeopathy.
Bach Flower therapy was developed by Edward Bach, MD, in the 1920s and 1930s in England. Dr. Bach was a medical intuitive who was able to walk through a meadow of flowers and feel the emotional influence each one had on his body, mind, and soul. Bach Flowers work to promote healing on an emotional, soul, and spiritual level. When properly prescribed they work in a very subtle manner to encourage and support the natural process of emotional and spiritual healing. Dr. Bach developed a repertoire of 38 flowers with indications for the use of each one. The prescribing practice involves an open-ended, free flowing conversation where I do 98% of the listening and you do 98% of the talking. Based on our conversation I will then create a combination of flower remedies that you take orally a few times a day. Subsequent conversations can help to further the healing/growth process if needed.
You may be familiar with foot reflexology: that’s where the therapist presses on different points on your foot, and each local area on the foot has a relationship with a particular area or organ of the body. There is a system of acupuncture that treats all the meridians only with points located on the hands. Auriculotherapy has been developed over the past 50 years, mostly by French and Chinese practitioners. Individual points on the ear have been found to influence the function of particular tissues and organs in the body, and a detailed map of the ear has been developed to guide practitioners of this young healing art.