Areas of Practice
The practice of Chiropractic has been around for over 100 years. It is a safe, subluxation based art of adjusting the spinal bones to allow for more optimal movement, less restriction, and proper nerve flow through the spinal cord. Chiropractic adjustments are most often done by moving the bones with the practitioners skilled hands. However, many people prefer an instrument adjusting technique, using the Activator or Arthrostim unit. I use both the hands on approach as well as instrument adjusting. Each adjustment is specific and personalized to each and every patient based on their body type, body size, how much tension is in the muscles surrounding the spine, and the patient’s preference in adjusting technique. For example, a newborn who has suffered birth trauma does NOT receive the same type of adjustment as a full grown man who injured his back in the gym!!!
Chiropractors study the human body, its muscles, bones, and nervous system for hundreds of hours in the course of the four year education. Two years of undergrad study is required before entering chiropractic school.
Many chiropractors go on to additional studies after graduating to further their specialties, such as nutrition, pediatric adjusting, extremity adjusting, kinisio taping, and more.
*on a personal note, I entered my Chiropractic education without ever being adjusted! I knew from a very young age that I did not want to take medicines for every ailment. I watched many family members get sicker and sicker even though they were seeing the best doctors and supposedly on the best medicines. I knew there had to be a better way to stay healthy!
Clinical nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and a healthy body. More specifically, it is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized, stored, and eliminated by the body.
I love using clinical nutrition in my practice and I love even more the results the patients are feeling when they start putting some solid, nutritionally dense foods into their bodies. Every person that walks through my doors has a different history, different symptoms, different emotions connected to their problem.
Let’s talk about your guts and digestion! I want to help you move forward with a healthy body and the knowledge to keep it that way! I use a multi step process to identify where a patient is lacking in nourishment. We do this through food journaling, logging when and what a patient eats. The emotions connected to the food they eat, what situation arises and causes them to eat certain foods like excessive sugar and caffeine. One topic that is not always easy to discuss is the health of your bowels. How is your poop? Regular? Fluctuating in texture and timing of elimination? These pieces of information are vital to make an accurate plan! We then take steps, big or small (depending on the client’s level of commitment ) to reduce offensive foods, add in healthy fruits and veggies and clean proteins, use supplementation as needed, and correct bowel issues. This in turn will reduce systemic and cellular inflammation and bring a new level of wellness to each person.
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
In my practice, we use patient history, symptom surveys,hair analysis,blood work and muscle testing to devise a plan to reduce, or even get rid of entirely, the symptoms a patient is complaining of. Getting to the root cause of the symptoms, rather than medicating and masking the symptoms will always be our goal. Working with your medical care provider, our goal is to minimize the need for pharmaceuticals and increase your intake of whole foods. Fresh , organic foods from local farms when possible, nourish the body in its most natural state.
*I am currently studying for my certification in functional medicine through The Institute of Functional Medicine.
Blood Chemistry Analysis
In our office, I use a company called Professional Co-op Labs. They are a low cost lab company for doctors to use to order blood work for their patients. Thousands of doctors in the United States utilize their services because they are efficient, professional and help us keep our cost to patients down by providing lower cost testing. Typically, my patients use the local Lab Corp for blood draws. I receive the results via email within 48 hours.
Payment is made to our office, not the lab. The cost of bloodwork varies depending on what information we need. The fees range from $30 for a cholesterol check, $45 for vitamin D test, and $200 for a complete metabolic workup including urinalysis. We can individualize the test to each specific patient depending on what information it is we need to help the patient overcome their health issues.
Please let me know how this testing can help us help you!