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Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique
What is the Activator Technique?
After 35 years of study and 15 years of clinical research, there evolved a technique based on low force and high speed activation of the skeletal structure which incorporated the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic science.
The activator method has grown to be the most widely used "low force" technique in chiropractic. This specific system of adjusting restores proper balance, and does it with improved safety and comfort.
How does the Activator adjusting instrument work?
Activator technique utilizes a small spring-loaded adjusting instrument to deliver a focused corrective impulse into the dysfunctional spinal segment. This technique is most commonly used in patients who prefer a low-force correction without the traditional "hands-on" thrust.
The hand-held Activator instrument is specifically designed to deliver a controlled, light and fast thrust without undue strain to the patient. activator.gif
When any force, such as a chiropractic adjustment, intrudes into the body, muscles in the involved area are automatically contracted by reflex mechanism, in order to protect that area from the intrusion. The Activator instrument produces a thrust which is quicker than the body's reflexes can respond and tighten up the local muscles. In other words, the thrust delivered by the instrument is so quick that it accelerates ahead of the body's tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of an adjustment.
So, in simple terms, the force necessary to move and adjust the joint is developed by the "speed" of the instrument's thrust, and not by a high "force". So, although the Activator instrument produces a very effective thrust, it is felt as a very gentle sensation only. Because of the accuracy and controlled light force, Activator Methods adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and seniors.
What is the doctor doing during my treatment?
The doctor is using a testing procedure developed by Activator Methods which utilizes a system of body mechanics, neurological reflexes and leg length tests to check your overall spinal balance and help locate the misalignments in your spinal column. These vertebral misalignments may be the source of irritation to your nervous system, causing pain and symptoms in your body.
For even more information, or to find an Activator doctor in another area to refer a loved one to, please visit the official website of Activator Methods at WWW.ACTIVATOR.COM
Neuro Cranial Integration (NCi)
NCi: Neuro Cranial Integration is a specific technique that takes tension off the nervous system, releases cranial, fascial and muscle tissue fixations, and returns proper cerebrospinal fluid flow throughout the spine and entire body. When pressure is taken off the brain and nervous system, it can do its job more efficiently and allow the body to function at a higher level. The brain and the nervous system control every function of the body.
Why is Neuro Cranial Integration Different?
NCi is able to affect the brain, the spine and the entire nervous system in a way that is simply not accessible through regular healthcare techniques or modalities. Although other systems of care also affect the cranium, none reach the level of the dura mater so precisely as NCi. The dura mater is a protective covering over the brain and all the nerves; when this tough tissue is distorted there is pressure on the nervous system and irregular flow of nerve impulses – when re-aligned the nervous system works without interference.
How Long Does A Treatment Last?( Treatmen/Procedure Take?)
The Neuro Cranial Integration procedure actually lasts only about two minutes and it is different from the traditional chiropractic techniques in that it feels like a profound stretch throughout the body. Nci treatment addresses the body’s mastermind organ, the brain, and everything it connects to. Please NOTE: Specific conditions, diseases or symptoms are not treated.
How does treating the brain affect the rest of my body?
“…the nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of the body and relates it to its environment…” – Gray’s Anatomy Because Neuro Cranial Integration allows the left and right brain hemispheres to re-balance and reintegrate in a profound way, the functioning of the central nervous system improves. The brain is the master regulator of every organ and tissue in the body. It communicates to the organs through the nerves. In fact, 80% of the nerves in your body originate in the brain. These nerves extend down the spine and to all your organs. The job of your nervous system is to carry critical signals to your organs and tissues, then relay the information back. If this function is compromised, so is your health. Neuro Cranial Integration helps restore optimal signal transfer and function to your nerves and brain. With signal transfer and optimal functioning back on track, the body is then able to restore health and balance in all its aspects — structural/physical, mental and emotional. It is often said that NCi “Triggers the Body’s Reset Button.®”. What this means is that it releases (in some cases, restarts) the natural healing ability of the body.
How does the brain affect my(neck or) back pain?
Research shows that the spinal alignment and cranial bone alignment follow the alignment of the Dura Mater. The major portion of the nervous system is protected by the cranium (the 22 bones of the skull) and the vertebral bones. As discussed before, the brain and the spinal cord are protected in a tough material called the dura mater (translated from the Latin to mean, “tough mother”). It’s a membrane that acts as a durable sheath holding the brain hemispheres together and extending down the spine and body. It is attached to the skull; to the spine to the first two neck vertebra and to the sacrum or tailbone. When the dura is misaligned/distorted it causes an uneven pull, causing distortions (twisting) of the skull, the spine and the entire nervous system.
What does it treat? ( Am I a candidate for NCi?)
Although NCi does not treat any specific condition, the types of patients that seek care with a typical NCi practitioner are:
Patients who are seeking optimum wellness and…
Chronic conditions: Headaches, Migraines and other types, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy. Many practitioners have seen dramatic results with ADD ADHD and Autistic children. Mild traumatic brain injuries, strokes and Multiple Sclerosis have responded to this gentle approach to healthcare. When the nervous system is working better, the possibilities are endless.
Neuro Cranial Integration takes contractions out of the body, re-balances the cranial bones, brain hemispheres and vertebrae, and leaves the patient with a feeling of release. The procedure can be performed on infants to geriatrics. (Note: many cranial problems occur at birth, so corrections early on can prevent years of suffering).
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The Webster Technique - A Chiropractic Analysis and Adjustment for Pregnant Women
Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
TAC, Volume 24, Issue 02
More and more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care in pregnancy. Many birth care providers are becoming aware of the efficacy of care throughout pregnancy and encouraging their patients/clients to find doctors of chiropractic who are interested in caring for pregnant women. As with any specialty group within the population, there are specific types of spinal analysis and adjustment which are adapted to the best care for that population.
The Webster Technique is a specific analysis and adjustment whose appeal, necessity and popularity are increasing in both the professional and public sectors. Discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, this technique was first taught as a sacral adjustment which allowed a baby in a breech presentation to turn to the vertex position. As founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and Pediatric Instructor at LifeCollege, Dr Webster had the venue to share this technique with many students and doctors of chiropractic. These practitioners brought this technique into their communities and, according to Dr. Webster's instructions, offered it to mothers who presented with breech presentations in their last tri-mester. Success with this specific adjustment to alleviate "breech presentations" became known by birthing practitioners (primarily midwives) and it became known as the Webster Breech Turning Technique.
When Dr. Anrig was compiling the extensive materials for her textbook, Chiropractic Pediatrics, the name of the technique was revised to the Webster In-Utero-Constraint Technique. This title reflected a more accurate description of the technique, as it identified the physiological relationship between the sacral subluxation and intrauterine constraint.
After Dr Webster's passing in 1997, the technique continued to be taught by instructors of the ICPA's 120-hour certification program. With its increased exposure and use, more women experienced the benefits of the technique and more practitioners expressed greater interest in defining the physiological aspects of this particular analysis and adjustment. A look into the physiology of the woman's pelvis, particularly the suspension ligaments of the uterus and their biomechanical relationship with the sacrum, revealed a deeper understanding of how the administration of this technique could affect the positioning of the developing fetus. In February 2000, the ICPA approved and incorporated a Technique Proficiency class to update and expose doctors to the, now understood, physiology of the technique. The technique, itself, became termed the "Webster Technique."
This more sophisticated understanding led to an evolution in the technique protocols. Whereas the technique was previously used on women presenting breech in their last trimester only, it is now understood that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment is an asset to the pregnant woman throughout pregnancy as a means of preventing or limiting the potential of intrauterine constraint.
Intrauterine constraint is a condition where fetal movement is restricted, resulting in potential adverse effects to its development throughout pregnancy. Furthermore, limited movement and space in the uterus can lead to malpresentation in various forms: breech, transverse, posterior, as well as ascynclitic presentations. Malpresentation at the time of birth is one of the four leading causes of dystocia (difficult labor). Dystocia is the primary reason for medical intervention. Medical intervention almost always leads to further intervention and, frequently, results in a more traumatic birth for both the mother and baby.
It is a wonderful thing to offer a service and help create an environment that allows a baby to go from breech to vertex. Breech presentations, however, occur in only 4% of the population. Many, many more women experience dystocia in labor, leading to excessive interventions and trauma. When it comes to birth, the obstetric profession readily refers to difficult labor and its cause by admitting that, "Such complications, however, are not determined by birth weight alone, but by a poorly understood relationship between fetal and maternal anatomy and other factors." In Williams Obstetrics' chapter on dystocia, the authors also admit that they have a limited understanding of the natural, physiological process of birth.
As doctors of chiropractic, our perspective on physiology offers significant insight into intrauterine constraint, its effects, and the difficult labors it creates. The Webster Technique is a significant analysis and adjustment to be utilized throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia.
The ICPA Technique Committee has put out an official definition of the Webster Technique, and encourages all doctors to remain consistent with this definition when referring to this technique. The term "breech turning" is physiologically, legally and philosophically incorrect. The definition is as follows: "The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces interference to the nervous system, improves the function of the pelvic muscles and ligaments, which in turn, removes constraint of the woman's uterus, and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth."
The ICPA Research Department is involved in several large scale studies to demonstrate the efficacy of the Webster Technique for safer, easier births. Members of the ICPA are being invited to participate in these exciting projects.
Since ICPA's initiation of the Webster Proficiency series in Feb 2000, over 2,000 practitioners have become certified. They are now aware of the physiology behind the technique and the far reaching implications it has on the future of safe and natural birthing. If you are already certified, kudos to you and the women in your community! If you learned the technique years ago, update your knowledge and understanding of its application. Your ability to adequately explain its efficacy to both women and birth care providers establishes your credibility. The way you represent this technique in your community has ramifications for the entire profession. If you do not know this technique, you owe it to the women in your community to become proficient and lead them towards safer, easier births.
It is a true teacher's dream to see his or her work grow and evolve to be of even greater service and value. When I think back on our founder and teacher, Dr. Larry Webster, I know he would be pleased that his technique is now offering a significant contribution to safer, easier births for all pregnant women.
The Webster Technique: A Chiropractic Analysis and Adjustment for Pregnant Women
By Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
For references, e-mail: email@example.com or visit: www.icpa4kids.com
Dr. Jeanne Ohm has practiced in a family practice with her husband, Dr. Tom, since 1981. They have six children who were all born at home. Dr. Ohm has lectured internationally on the topic Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Infancy for many years and is an instructor for the ICPA's Certification Diplomate Program. Currently, Dr. Ohm is the Executive Coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the oldest and largest organization of its kind. For additional information about the ICPA or their classes, please visit www.icpa4kids.com or call 610.565.2360.
Food Allergy Testing
The ALCAT Testing Technology
Food allergy is an IgE immune system response that is typically characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach and in some cases anaphylaxis. The most common food allergies are to nuts, shellfish, wheat and dairy. According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, only about 4% of the United States population has a food allergy. The ALCAT Test does not detect Food Allergy.
Food intolerance, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies and is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population has food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The ALCAT is the most effective Food Intolerance Test available.
The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ-the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins-amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
A Powerful Ally
There's no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch-which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Welcome Baby Home Visit
Post-partum chiropractic care is a must to ensure pre-pregnant status is achieved. Correcting subluxations within the spine and pelvis are very important considerations to achieve and maintain optimal health potential. Dr. Donohoe will conduct a full spinal exam complete with neurological and orthopedic tests and make any adjustments necessary. All this in the comfort of your own home!
Post delivery home visits are exclusively for active practice members who live in the surrounding areas of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake. Payment must be made prior to visit. Most in-home appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday after office hours - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm or during lunch 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Saturday morning appointments are also available. Please call the office to schedule, 951.677.6500
Well Baby Check Up
Birth is a time for trauma. Nine months in an uncomfortable position can create the beginning of future postural problems. In addition, pulling, twisting, pushing, forceps and vacuum extractions all cause trauma to the spine of a newborn creating subluxations and spinal cord damage that can be silent for years. The nervous system, made up of your brain and spinal cord, controls every function of the human body. Subluxations or interruptions of this communication network means your body can't function at 100%. This is not optimal health at less than 100%.
A healthy spine and nervous system helps to prevent common health problems experienced in children. These include ear infections, colic, headaches, bed-wetting, asthma and other problems.
Dr. Donohoe recommends baby's first adjustment as soon as possible after birth. Children age Birth to 13 years are eligible for our Healthy Kids Club.
Home Visits are also available. Dr. Donohoe will conduct a full spinal exam complete with neurological and orthopedic tests and make any adjustments necessary. All this in the comfort of your own home!
Post delivery home visits are exclusively for active practice members who live in the surrounding areas of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake. Most in-home appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday after office hours - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm or during lunch 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Saturday morning appointments are also available. Please call the office to schedule, 951.677.6500
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