Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. Acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to treat various diseases.
Applied kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing in combination with other standard methods of diagnosis.
Treatments may involve manipulation myofascial therapy, cranial techniques, acp, or other techniques that are deemed appropriate.
These procedures range from specific muscle treatments designed to normalize muscle activity to treatments designed to aid other damaged tissues like skin, ligaments, tendons and joints.
Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.)
B.E.S.T. is a non-forceful, energy balancing hands on procedure used to help reestablish the full healing potential of the body. Understanding the body helps communicate information regarding health and longevity, B.E.S.T. principles acknowledge the concept of Interference we create with our conscious mind. This Interference caused imbalance in the autonomic nervous system leading to exhaustion of our organ systems over time.
Researched at major universities, taught in several Chiropractic Colleges and in professional continuing education seminars, B.E.S.T. is recognized as an effective healing science.
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When the spine goes out of alignment or balance, the center of gravity for the body is compromised. This spinal misalignment then causes a misalignment of the skull bones and its membranes. In order to stay balanced, the brain pressures the muscles of the spine to keep the body upright and properly centered. This skull misalignment will distort the cerebrospinal fluid flow, (fluid that surrounds the brain and nervous system) an essential ingredient for normal nerve function.
In a cranial treatment, the chiropractor gently contacts the head at specific points. Either specific directional adjustments are given or rhythmic variations in finger pressure are used. The overall effect is thought to change skull, brain, blood vessel, fluid flow and/or nervous system function resulting in a normalization of, or removal of, the cause of symptoms.
Cranial chiropractic is a specialty that should be considered especially for learning difficulties, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), history of head or neck trauma, difficulty hearing, headaches, migraines, and poor health. There are no x-rays or special equipment used in the application of the cranial technique. Specific gentle hand holds to the cranial bones assisted by patient respiration are done as needed for the particular misalignment. The weight of the skull and the respiration efforts of the patient, guided by specific hand holds of the doctor, allow for the correction. The adjustment restores alignment to the skull bones and membranes, normalizing fluid motion to the nervous system and providing proper nerve function for the tissues of the body.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. CST enhances the body's natural healing processes and has been effective for a wide range of medical conditions associated with pain and dysfunction.
SOT: Sacro Occipital Technique
Sacro Occipital Technique of Chiropractic (SOT) and Chiropractic Craniopathy is grounded in scientific research. SOT is a total body technique. Its broad scope includes not only the back and neck but also the internal organs, extremities and cranial structures. In SOT the primary focus is upon structural stability and integrity as well as neurological function.
The basis of the human structure is the pelvis and the cranium. The spine, shoulders, neck and head sit upon the pelvis and are subject to the stresses and strains of gravity. These structures, as well as the rest of the body, are functionally maintained and controlled by the brain through the nervous system.
Brain function is dependent upon optimal motion and alignment of the cranial bones and cranial dura. Located below the pelvis is the locomotion system: the legs and feet. All structures of the body are essential to the integrity of the whole. Additionally, organ function depends upon proper nerve supply from the spine.
The spine in turn receives nerve reflexes from the organs that can compromise spinal mechanics. Therefore, the alignment, balance and optimal function of the cranium, pelvis, each spinal segment, organs and all of the extremities are essential to optimal health.
Activator Methods is based on the postulate that understanding body mechanics and force is the key to understanding how to move bones. A leg test is utilized to tell the doctor if the subluxation exists, chiefly in the lumbo-sacral area or cervical region of the
Two components are necessary for fast, effective reduction of nerve pressure caused by subluxations. They are speed and line of drive. Speed and line of drive are what make chiropractic the distinct and dynamic art and science that it is. The activator instrument was designed to deliver this specific dynamic thrust. It is a small hand-held gun-type mechanism that delivers a percussive thrust upon triggering. The activator instrument controls the force and speed of the adjustment exceptionally well and with the activator, the line of drive can be more specific.