Real Life Chiropractic

Training needed to become a chiropractor

The required schooling to be admitted into chiropractic schools are:

– 90 prerequisite undergraduate credit courses going towards a bachelors degree including:

     -24 credit courses within Life and physical sciences:

          -General Chemistry 1 (with lab) – Principles of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, or Introductory Chemistry 

          -Organic Chemistry 1 (with lab)

          -Biology 1 (with lab) – Animal, Vertebrate or General Biology, Zoology, Anatomy, Physiology or Microbiology

     -Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)

     -The other credits must go towards general education including: Physics, English, Math, Psychology, etc. Each Chiropractic school may have different requirements for General Education.

Chiropractic Colleges do not require a bachelors degree. Although, a growing number of states are requiring Chiropractic Doctors to have a bachelors degree. This being said, many Chiropractic schools offer, as part of their program, a bachelors degree such as human biology.…

How a chiropractic adjustment works

When a high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust is applied to a joint by a trained physician such as a chiropractor, naturopathic physicians, or some doctors of osteopathic medicine, several things happen.

First of all, bubbles may form around the joint creating a cavitation resulting in an audible “pop” sound. A common misconception among chiropractors and patients alike is that if a “popping” sound isn’t heard, then the bone didn’t move. This is simply not true as bones can move all the time without having popcorn popping in our joints. A simple demonstration of this, that is visible to the eye, is by waving your hand under water and seeing the bubbles appear. This is also a cavitation.

When an HVLA thrust is administered properly feel-good hormones, or endorphins such as serotonin and endogenous cannabinoids  are secreted. This decreases pain!

(Bishop, M. D., Torres-Cueco, R., Gay, C. W., Lluch-Girbés, E., Beneciuk, J. M., & Bialosky, J. E. (2015). What effect can manual therapy have on a patient’s pain experience?. Pain management, 5(6), 455–464. https://doi.org/10.2217/pmt.15.39)

Inflammation is decreased as the stress from the misalignment of the joint is alleviated.

Restorative range of motion occurs when the joint is adjusted.

Nerve function and vascular function associated with the area being treated is revived.

The quick stretch of the muscle from the adjustment causes the golgi tendon organ of the muscle to be stimulated causing the muscle to relax. When a muscle relaxes it ceases to pull on the bone it is attached to.

With this realization, we can conclude that chiropractors use the bones as long levers to adjust the muscles! For truly it is often the muscles pulling on the bone that causes the bone/joint to be restricted.…

Description of every issue chiropractors treat

Chiropractors have claimed to treat many physical ailments for decades! Some of the common problems Chiropractors have helped with include:

-Low Back Pain 

-Back Pain

-Neck Pain

-Bulging Disc

-Herniated Disc

-Discitis

-Sciatica

-Poor Posture

-Headaches/Migraines

-Constipation

-Asthma

-Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction (TMJ)

-Sprains & Strains

-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

-Muscle Tension

-Pregnancy Related Complaints

These, along with energy work and functional medicine on the other hand I have been able to help with a variety of other ailments. Some of these ailments, which have been helped with herbal/nutritive supports along with various energy modalities, Include:

-Inflammation

-Arthritis

-Immune System Dysregulation

-Irregular Menstrual Cycles

-Hot Flashes

-Nightmares

-Difficulty Sleeping

-Difficulty Staying Asleep

-Sinus Congestion

-Gallbladder and Liver Symptoms

-Stomach Pain

-Heartburn

-Tinnitus

-Skin Problems

-Projectile Vomiting for NewBorns

-Mood Swings

-Emotional Imbalances such as fears and anxiety

-Sugar Handling issues

-Kidney Dysregulation

-Adrenal Fatigue

-Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies

-Fatigue

-Lack of Motivation

-Allergies

-Digestive Problems such as IBS, diarrhea, nausea after eating, etc.

-Fungal Issues

-Irritability

-Depression

-Brain Fog

-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

-Fibromyalgia

I do NOT claim to cure any said issues previously mentioned. Through the patient’s history and presentation of their current problems I, with the use of my knowledge and ability to use Applied Kinesiology, seek to balance the body through means of functional medicine and other energy modalities in conjunction with chiropractic care.

Hope this information was useful! Let us know how we can help you achieve your health goals!…

Real Life Chiropractic – Techniques

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology, founded by Dr. George Goodheart, uses the idea that our body responds to positive and negative energy. If something is positive for us our body is strengthened by it such as our immune system, organs and muscles. Whereas if something is negative for us our body is weakened in all areas as well as the muscles. This is the basis on how muscle testing works and through it we are able to access the subconscious mind to know what the real issue is.

Through this technique Dr. Josef Patterson has incorporated multiple energy healing modalities to work to identify the root cause of his patients problems.

Diversified Technique

Even though Dr. Patterson has added variations of Activator Technique and Webster Technique to his style of adjusting, he primarily uses Diversified Technique.

Diversified Technique in adjusting utilizes “a short (low-amplitude), quick (high-velocity) thrust over restricted joints (one at a time) with the goal of restoring normal range of motion in the joint.” (See https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/spinal-manipulation-high-velocity-low-amplitude-hvla)

Whatever your adjustment needs may be, we are your Springville Chiropractic Doctor.

Webster Technique

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of subluxation and/or SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro- biomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved. (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. About the Webster Technique. Accessed March 2, 2012 at: http://www.icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique.htm)

The Webster Technique does not claim to treat the growing baby in the womb or to treat or attempt to “flip” breech babies. If there are concerns about the baby, the mother ought to consult with her Obstetrician.

Emotion Code

The Emotion Code was founded by Dr. Bradley Nelson who, with the help of Chinese Medicine, developed this technique as a means to clear emotional baggage. Everyone can relate to the fact that we sometimes hold onto different emotions at different times and even carry them with us throughout our life. This technique utilizes Applied Kinesiology (a type of muscle testing), to identify what emotions are blocking some aspect of health in the patient.

Dr. Bradley Nelson states that about 80 to 90 percent of all of our physical issues have emotional components to them. Clearing these “trapped emotions” can allow the body to have the ability to heal.

The Emotion Code does not claim to cure any disease. If a patient is concerned about pathogenicity or disease, he or she should consult the care of their medical doctor.The Emotion Code was founded by Dr. Bradley Nelson who, with the help of Chinese Medicine, developed this technique as a means to clear emotional baggage. Everyone can relate to the fact that we sometimes hold onto different emotions at different times and even carry them with us throughout our life. This technique utilizes Applied Kinesiology (a type of muscle testing), to identify what emotions are blocking some aspect of health in the patient.

Dr. Bradley Nelson states that about 80 to 90 percent of all of our physical issues have emotional components to them. Clearing these “trapped emotions” can allow the body to have the ability to heal.

The Emotion Code does not claim to cure any disease. If a patient is concerned about pathogenicity or disease, he or she should consult the care of their medical doctor.

Body Code

The Body Code goes a level beyond the Emotion Code in that there are other reasons or energies that may be causing an imbalance in a patients body. The body is composed of all kinds of energies, and the Body Code works to identify those other causes beyond emotions.

Once again this technique uses Applied Kinesiology to identify these imbalances within the body. The Body Code goes into energies that are toxic, energies that are blocking proper function of a circuit or system within the body, energetic pathogens, energetic misalignments, and energetic nutrition and lifestyle imbalances.

Many times there are imbalances that we find within the Body Code that are caused by emotions anyway.

Morphogenic Field Technique

The Morphogenic Field Technique uses Applied Kinesiology to identify collapses within the energy field of a patient and uses nutrition and herbs to expand the collapsed field. This technique accomplishes this through the use of filter vials that have the energies of problems a patient may have within them. These may include vials to identify energetic digestive issues, organ or gland issues, and/or immune system issues.

Once the issue is identified that is causing the energy field collapse, the Morphogenic Field Technique seeks to find the proper nutritional or herbal support that will correct that issue.

Nutrition Response Testing

There are different points on the body that can identify specific nutritional deficiencies using Applied Kinesiology. If Dr. Patterson identifies a nutritional deficiency, he has the means to provide it to you through supplementation or by recommending foods that would give you the nutrients you need.…

What to expect at a chiropractor appointment

An in-person first-time appointment with Dr. Patterson would consist of 45 minutes of consultation, evaluation, and treatment. 

The first 5-15 minutes are devoted to the consultation when Dr Patterson goes over your new patient forms with you to get an idea of how he can best help you.

Next, Dr Patterson will take 0-5 minutes to evaluate your complaint to see if it’s a structural, nutritional or emotional/energetic issue.

Finally, the rest of your new patient appointment is devoted to treatment! During this time, according to your complaint, Dr Patterson may adjust you using the activator, diversified technique, or Webster technique. A percussive instrument may be used to help relax the muscles as well.

As part of your treatment, Dr. Patterson will also muscle test you using applied kinesiology to see if your complaint has an emotional/energetic or nutritional component to it. Treatment in this arena may be used via the Emotion and Body Code techniques, the Morphogenetic Field Technique, the Hypothalamic Reset Technique, the Canio-biotic Technique, Forgiveness, or utilizing frequency tools such as a tuning fork, a Tibetan singing bowl, a magnet, or even just deep breathing.

Dr. Patterson may prescribe nutritional and herbal supplementation to aid you in your healing process. He uses a variety of supplement brands such as Standard Process, MediHerb, Nutri-West, Thorne, and Biotics. Dr. Patterson may just suggest certain foods for you to eat as part of your treatment plan.

Another aspect of your health treatment may be receiving and performing certain exercises at home for better results. These exercises may include weight training, aerobic exercise, deep breathing exercises, Qigong, core strengthening exercises and functional exercises. Other exercises may be prescribed to help balance your emotional and energetic wellbeing.

Your next returning appointment will be 30 minutes in which more time may be devoted to treatment. Hope this information serves you, and we look forward to seeing you in our office! Thank you!

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