Our Unique Approach

We use a rare combination of methods that enables us to “read” your system—Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture concepts, Functional Neurology, and Nutritional Biochemistry.

For best results, expect up to 4 visits of initial care. This should take place over a six to eight week time frame. This is just an average; some people need less, others need a little more. If you are seeking treatment for a painful condition, our first step is to get you out of pain. Once you have experienced relief of pain, it is important to realize that there is most likely some underlying process that created that specific problem and may still need to be addressed. This is not always the case, but it’s very common. Corrective and preventive strategies may still remain to be accomplished over a period of three to six months. During this time we are still gathering information about your system and uncovering layers of hidden issues. Your body chemistry is inseparable from your structure. For this reason, we frequently use nutritional therapy to address structural issues. It would be a waste of your time and money to address a problem only at one level, when we could use a multitude of tools to facilitate better and lasting results. Most people experience at least 60% improvement during the first six to eight weeks.

If you are not satisfied with your results or our level of care, we will give you back what we charged you on your first visit.

Although we often have to deal with symptom relief, this is not the overall focus of the treatment. If we become too symptom-driven on our approach we can end up neglecting the real problem hidden behind the symptoms. That would be like taking the battery out of your smoke detector or spray-painting over the engine light in your car. Whatever brought you in to see us is usually the tip of the iceberg.

That being said, you are in control, and you get to decide how much to “dig in “ to a particular problem. We need time to “learn your system”. Everyone is different, and there are no formulas. Essentially, we are building the treatment strategy as we go, each time you are here. There are no treatment plans here. Each visit, there will be some kind of assessment, and we treat based on what we find on that day, because your system is different from what it was the week before. We will suggest a follow-up visit when needed.

You may experience some discomfort initially as we start “tuning” your system. This is normal. We are here for you, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. It is important to follow through even if you have very rapid results. Experience has taught us that there are almost always underlying issues (nutritional, electromagnetic, biochemical, metabolic, structural, neurological, etc) to be addressed. Therefore, when the initial symptom or pain is resolved, it doesn’t always mean that the root cause as been fully addressed.

What we do:

We find obstacles to your own healing process, prioritize them, and optimize them through functional medicine and chiropractic neurology.

How do you benefit from our services?

  • Faster relief from pain than with conventional treatments
  • Reduction or elimination of prescription drugs
  • Increased resistance to the stresses of life (remember—gravity is a constant stressor, and you are constantly having to adapt to it)
  • More balanced body chemistry
  • More energy
  • Stronger immunity, better resistance to infections and allergies
  • Better balance, vision, and coordination
  • Better protection from disease
  • Injury prevention and better healing from injuries
  • Slower , more healthful aging
  • More money saved by preventing disease and treating conditions naturally

How is this accomplished?

Through Nutritional and Herbal Medicine

  • More energy, better focus, and less stress
  • Your body becomes re-synchronized with itself and with the cycles of nature
  • You more efficiently regulate blood sugar, control inflammation, strengthen immune function, and enhance cardiovascular function
  • You receive only the highest quality nutritional supplements and herbal medicines.
  • You have access (through us) to pharmaceutical grade nutritionals & herbals which are not available commercially. This takes care of the safety issue regarding unregulated supplements in the marketplace.

Through Functional Neurology, you can

  • Re-establish or create better brain coherence for learning, processing, and focus
  • Have better and more accurate perception of your surroundings and body so that you have better reflexes, vision, and balance
  • Better adaptation to gravity
  • Control or eliminate pain
  • Improve function of all systems (digestive, cardiovascular, immune, etc.)

Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, and Homeopathy are healing systems that

  • Find, prioritize, and address your body’s most significant stressors (structural, chemical, environmental, mental/emotional)
  • Improve all organs and systems by re-setting ‘circuit breakers’ that have been ‘tripped’ due to trauma, injury, over-use, stress, or toxins
  • Turn on weak muscles to prevent injury, as well as promote better healing from injury or surgery
  • Identify hidden problems that can potentially become a problem down the road
  • Determine key elements in your nutritional program that are needed for best results, at any given time
  • Track and follow your body’s constantly changing needs—this keeps your treatment relevant and appropriate for what is going on right now, to encourage and facilitate healthy aging
  • Tune your body to function at a higher level of performance

All of the above types of treatment bring you closer to realizing your best and healthiest genetic potential

Each time we meet, we learn by what works and what doesn’t work—each outcome presents an opportunity for us to learn about how your own system works.

What we don’t do:

  • Keep you coming in for excessive treatments that you may not need. We get a lot done each visit because we are combining many different types of approaches. If you are not experiencing the results we are looking for in a reasonable amount of time, we will either refer you to the appropriate practitioner or change what we are doing.
  • Chase symptoms. Once we engage in symptom-chasing, it is no different than using a drug, and we can end up wasting your valuable time. It is very important that you tell us what is going on in your body, but we will not let every symptom, ache, or pain distract us from searching for causes. Please be aware that we are attempting to address each of your symptoms, but at a different level than you might expect. You would be amazed at how many knee problems, for example, clear up by addressing a problem with the neck. Every individual requires a different combination of treatments to fit the situation. So, if your heel hurts and we don’t adjust it, there is a good chance that we found a more efficient way to deal with the problem. Having said this, if you think we may have forgotten to check something, please do not hesitate to mention it.

What about the Cost?

Cost will vary, of course, among individual cases. We do our best to keep costs down. Since office visits are longer than most doctors’ sessions, much can be accomplished. Even if you don’t notice it right away, a lot of correction and healing takes place each visit, and is happening between visits while your body processes the changes. Overall, this is the most cost-effective form of health care, because of its preventive nature. If you can prevent a one-day hospital stay, you’ve already saved thousands. The average length and cost of a hospital stay is about 4.6 days at $5,857 (back in 2001), while the total cost of comprehensive care can be considerably less than one visit to the emergency room.

Will I Have to Keep Coming Back Forever and Ever?

Probably not, and only if you want to. This is supposed to be “patient-centered medicine” (what a concept!), so you get to decide how much or how little human potential you want to unleash. We do suggest, however, to have your body tuned for periodic trouble-shooting. Our goal is for you to enjoy excellent health, not for you to become dependent on our services.

Do Your Methods Work?

Yes! The market would have weeded us out a long time ago if it didn’t. Our methods get positive results about 80-90% of the time. Everyone responds differently and there is no way to predict an individual’s degree of success. We are living beings that constantly interact with our environment as an open system (unlike a building or a car). For this reason, there are many variables that will either interfere with or reinforce a healing response. It is impossible to guarantee results from any health care treatment, but one never knows until he or she tries.
It is important to understand that 80% of our results will be from what you do or don’t do. Please try your best to follow our recommendations—their purpose is to get you well faster.

Why don’t we file insurance claims or Medicare?

We would prefer to spend more time serving your needs and have adequate time for a quality office visit. Filing insurance claims would force us to shorten the visits considerably, making it necessary to schedule more additional visits.

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function and find problem areas that can be corrected on the spot. AK is a non-invasive system that is unique in the healing arts, and has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.
Treatments may involve specific adjustments to joints, re-setting muscles, stimulating acupuncture points, dietary management, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

The triad of health lists the three basic causes of health problems. They are structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad. Literally, all health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one part or all parts of the triad. This is not new to chiropractic, as its founder, D.D. Palmer states in his text, “The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic,” “The determining causes of disease are traumatism, poison and autosuggestion.” AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his/her ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient’s health problem.

Gene Testing (DNAfit.com)

The best way to customize your nutritional and exercise regimen is to know your genetic weak spots and strengths. We can test up to 30-50 gene variations (SNP’s) that can be modified through diet, supplements, and the right kinds of exercise. If you’re going to use any supplements, it makes good sense to target only the potential health issues that you are genetically predisposed to. Is your diet causing “disease genes” to turn on? Is your exercise program making your body age faster? The object here is to optimize the expression of “healthy aging genes” and silence the expression of any “disease genes”. This is the direction that health care is going—targeting your own genes to get the best results.

Blood Chemistry Evaluation

Blood chemistry assessment not only screens for potential disease processes, but is the future of Nutritional Medicine—it establishes a scientific baseline for all nutritional therapies.

We have at least 25 years of Nutritional Biochemistry study in our toolbox…it is meant to be shared. We are well-trained to design targeted nutritional programs.

Along with Chiropractic, Functional Neurology, and Acupuncture, it provides an important dimension to tuning your body.

Successful aging is not possible through drugs—a focused, customized nutritional approach is one of the most effective forms of preventive medicine.

What is Functional Neurology?

The majority of input to your brain is from the muscles and joints. Your muscles and joints, especially the spinal joints, are constantly sending information to your brain based on body movement, joint position, eye/head orientation, and the pull of gravity. The rest of the brain’s information comes from the senses.
Functional Neurology is a system by which we use elements of standard medical neurological evaluation, interpret what we find based on overall brain/body integration, and apply it using a non-drug, non-surgical approach.

It is impossible to not have a brain effect from a chiropractic treatment. Your brain ultimately controls muscle tone, movement, response to gravity, emotions, eye/head coordination, balance, digestion, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and response to stressors, to name a few. This is why a chiropractic treatment is much less about your neck or back than it is about getting all of your body systems functioning better– by changing the way your brain perceives your body, thereby changing its control of your body.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of changing the way subtle electrical currents flow throughout your body by way of, through circuits called meridians. Our bodies run on electromagnetic energy, which can get blocked or excessive due to stressors from the environment, weather changes, toxins (this includes toxic thoughts), injuries, and dietary factors. All systems require healthy meridian flow for optimal health. Your body is very tuneable; and it does require tuning from time to time. For this reason, acupuncture is one of the best ways to improve and maintain health.

Is Treatment Safe?

It is very safe. We test on each visit to see what your level of tolerance is on a given day. No two visits are alike. What we do depends on what is going on in your body at that time. Spinal and extremity manipulation have very powerful and lasting effects on the functioning of your brain, so we use these tools judiciously and with great respect. Compared to prescription drugs and many medical procedures, Functional Neurology, Applied Kinesiology, and Acupuncture are extremely safe. To put this in perspective, the chances of having a serious adverse effect from taking even properly dosed anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or aspirin are literally hundreds of times higher than the chances of having a serious reaction to a spinal manipulation.

Did You Know?

  • Spinal stiffness was linked to visceral pathology with nearly 100% accuracy based upon sympathetic innervation. (Medical Times, 1921)
  • 1,000 capsules of Tylenol in a lifetime doubles the risk of end stage renal disease. (New England Journal of Medicine, 1994)
  • The average time for a whiplash-injured patient to achieve maximum improvement is 7 months 1 week. (Spine, 1994)
  • 93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain who have failed medical and physical therapy care improve with chiropractic adjustments. (Injury, 1996)
  • Taking the correct drug for the correct diagnoses in the correct dose will kill about 106,000 Americans per year, making it the 4th most common cause of death in the US. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for rheumatoid and/or osteoarthritis conservatively cause 16,500 Americans to bleed to death each year, making that the 15th most common cause of death in the US.(New England Journal of Medicine, 1999)
  • Glutamate and aspartame can cause chronic pain sensitization, and removing them from the diet for 4 consecutive months can eliminate all chronic pain symptoms. (Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2002)
  • Chiropractic spinal adjusting has been shown to be better than 5 times more effective than the NSAIDs pain drugs Celebrex and Vioxx in the treatment of chronic neck and low back pain. (Spine, 2003)
  • In patients suffering from chronic pain subsequent to degenerative spinal disease, 59% can eliminate the need for pain drugs by consuming adequate levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids. (Surgical Neurology, 2006)
  • Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to significantly lower blood pressure. (Journal of Human Hypertension, 2007)
  • The estimated incidence of chronic pain from whiplash trauma is 15-40%. (Journal of the Am Academy of Ortho Surg, 2007)
  • Meniere’s Disease has been linked to a disorder of the upper cervical spine facet joints. (International Tinnitus Jour, 2007)
  • Supplementing with vitamin D3 has the potential to reduce cancer deaths in America by 75%.
    (Ann of Epidemiology, 2009)
  • Potentially, the largest exposure of Americans to the neurotoxin mercury is through the consumption of products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup. (Environmental Health, 2009)
  • Those who consumed the highest amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain drugs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aspirin, etc.) increased their risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s dementia, by 66%. (Neurology, 2009)
  • The newest estimate for the incidence of autism is 1 in 91 US children. (Pediatrics, 2009)
    –this is happening because of Tylenol being routinely given to infants (Dr. Root’s comment)