Dr. Jones has studied and practiced many treatment modalities that are incorporated into her chiropractic program, including Applied Kinesiology (AK), Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and Chiro+Kinesiology (CPK).
A complementary specialty that diagnoses and treats disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system, chiropractic works to balance the nervous system and improve health. Preventive and supportive in nature, the chiropractic philosophy says our bodies are created to heal themselves. This specialty was founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer and is now licensed in every U.S. state and practiced in more than 100 countries.
A fundamental tenet of chiropractic says that subluxations, or misaligned vertebrae, can cause nerve compression interfering with natural functions and the proper flow of the life force in the body. As a result, the body may experience “dis-ease,” or disharmony, which can result in decreased health. Because chiropractic has a holistic focus, it is often combined with physiotherapy, nutrition, exercises and a healthy lifestyle program to increase strength and improve overall well-being.
Why See a Chiropractor?
People visit chiropractors for a number of reasons, including skeletal or muscle injury/pain, damaged tissues or nerves, structural stress or to rehabilitate specific areas. In order to access the patient’s condition, doctors of chiropractic use a hands-on approach involving patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Next, they recommend a treatment plan that may utilize any of a number of therapies but will not include medications or surgery. The ultimate goal is to address and resolve the underlying cause of the issue.
Applied kinesiology (AK) was developed by Dr George Goodheart, a chiropractor, in 1964. AK, which is also known as muscle response testing, is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands. Because of this connection, specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems, such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances, meridian blockages or other organ or gland problems.
Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a commonly used chiropractic technique designed to reduce or eliminate pain or disorders in the cranium and spine, TMJ, pelvis and extremities. It addresses 3 categories of structural dysfunction.
Category 1 addresses the relationship of the sacrum and occiput and their effect on circulation of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord.
Category 2 involves instability of the pelvic sacro-illiac (SI) joints. The SI joints are weight bearing joints held together by ligaments. Pain around the joint can be severe. Weakness of these joints can also affect the knees, shoulders, neck and TMJ. Contributing factors are stress, prolonged sitting, over ambitious sit ups straining the psoas muscle, injury, etc.
Category 3 is often related to disc injuries or sciatica. They may have difficulty standing straight and may lean to the side away from an inflamed disc. This may cause numbness or weakness in their legs.
Chiro Plus Kinesiology (CPK) was formulated as a means of developing a practical, diagnostic system for complicated clinical procedures. It integrates different forms of kinesiology including Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Kinesiology, Sacro-Occipital Technique, as well as Acupuncture.