Why do I need that?
So many times I've been asked to just do something when I go into a doctor's office; no explanation, just instructions. Have you ever had this experience? Did you just do it? While I believe that many practitioners are very educated and not usually promoting unnecessary procedures, I'm really not a fan of just following blindly. Below are the most commonly used and most important procedures used in upper cervical care, it's really what makes it so unique, safe, and objective!
Tytron Infrared Thermography
The most important procedure in the office is the infra red scan. This scan shows us if the nervous system has lost sending balanced messages to the body and if it has become stuck in a sick pattern. Your body should always be working in balance and be able to adapt and change; if either of these things change, we know that a correction needs to be made.
Precision Digital X-Ray
I have x-ray, another important feature of upper cervical care. In chiropractic, we like to say “To x-ray is to see, to see is to know, and to know is not to guess." In my office, I am not willing to guess with your health! Malformations and asymmetry are the rule in the upper cervical area, and it is important for me to know the condition and misalignment of your bones. I use precision digital x-ray to take specific films which allow me to find exact measurements of your misalignment. Once I know the measurement of your misalignment, I can make a customized, specific correction for you. The more specific the correction, the better your body is able to hold the correction, and that’s the upper cervical difference!
This is a feature you won’t find in a typical chiropractor’s office. Here is where you’ll find another big difference in how I practice. When we go to bed at night, out body spends the time making repairs and healing from all the work we put it through during the day. Similarly, when a patient comes in for an office visit, I take an initial infrared scan to see how their nervous system is functioning when they walk through the door. I then have them rest laying down, without pressure on the brain stem for 15 minutes and then re-scan to see if there are any changes. Many times, even 15 minutes is enough to change a scan. If the scan changes, I know the body is not stuck in the patient’s “sick pattern” and they do not need a correction on that visit. If the scan does not change after 15 minutes of rest, I know that the patient’s body is truly stuck in the sick pattern, and I can go ahead and confidently make a correction. After the correction has been made, the patient goes back to the resting suite to rest for another 45 minutes. This gives the body a chance to take and hold the correction, before they go back to their fast-paced, stress-filled lifestyle!